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2022/2023  BA-BEBUO1011U  Business and European Governance

English Title
Business and European Governance

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in European Business
Course coordinator
  • Susana Borras - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Intercultural studies
  • Political Science
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 28-04-2022

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Learning objectives
After completing the course students should be able to:
  • Analyze in a detailed manner the Single European Market and EU's overall context for business, understanding its complexity and changing nature.
  • Compare, evaluate and discuss the different situations in which local Danish and European businesses might find themselves when operating in the Single European Market and in global markets related to EU trade agreements.
  • Be able to critically and thoroughly analyze the opportunities and challenges for European businesses in situations of new market developments, here including digital markets.
  • Identify the business dilemmas and problems, as well as potential for business value creation and ethical aspects, that might emerge as a result of changes/frameworks defined in the context of the European Union policies.
  • Formulate and answer analytical questions on the basis of the learning goals above.
Course prerequisites
This is an advanced course, and therefore students are expected to have already good knowledge about the European Union.
For exchange students who lack that knowledge, they are required to read the following introductory book:
Simon Bulmer, Owen Parker, Ian Bache, Stephen George and Charlotte Burns (2020): Politics in the European Union. 5th edition. Oxford University Press.”
Business and European Governance:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 24 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The students have 24 hours to write an individual exam with a number of questions about a specific new case that will be distributed with the question(s) of the exam. The students have to upload their individual answers to the exam in "Digital Exam" platform.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course provides an in-depth knowledge on the European Union context for European business development. The European Union regulates and decides on a wide range of areas directly related to the daily issues for business. These EU regulations and decisions have to do with specific developments in the Single European Market and its adjacent areas, here including business in the external and global markets of European most relevant trade partners. These European Union regulations define the limits of business operations at the local level, as well as new business opportunities in a larger and harmonized market with high level of interdepencence with global markets. With a strong focus on business case studies, this advanced course gives the students analytical competences and factual knowledge about the European context for business, as well as concrete examples of business challenges, opportunities, ambiguity, or paradoxes, directly related to the EU business context.


This course builds up from the previous course in the 1rst semester “European Business Framework” (EBF), in two essential ways. Firstly, whereas the EBF course gave a very general introduction about the history, institutions and few policies of the European Union; the current course assumes the students have this basic knowledge, and takes an advanced approach and deeper analytical look into 5 core areas that are relevant for business: free movement of goods and capital; labour market mobility and principles associated to freedom of movement of workers; competition policy; external trade; and single currency. After refreshing briefly the basics, the students will be presented with more advanced knowledge and detailed aspects of the EU which are relevant for business. This advanced knowledge is not only about how to improve the competitiveness and leading business position in the market for purposes of prosperity and business development, but it is also about the ethical aspects related to doing business in Europe. Secondly, and very importantly too, this is an advanced course that allows the students to be actively engaged in their own learning process. The course uses case based teaching methods. The case studies are a suitable approach to make the students learn through a critical assessment and analysis, acknowledging the complexity of real-life business competitiveness situations and the business dilemmas when operating in the European market. Likewise, the group based collaborative form of exercise case studies in class, develops the students' abilities in a constructive collaborative form of analys and knowledge development.

Description of the teaching methods
The course combines two types of teaching methods: lectures (with all the students together) and exercises of business cases (the students divided in large groups). Lectures will be on campus, and there will also be online prerecorded videos that complement the on campus lectures. All exercises will be on campus. Students are expected to participate actively in the teaching activities. The case method is a teaching method extensively used in top business schools, and stimulates active learning of the students through intensive interaction and feed-back. Therefore students are expected to be particularly active during the exercises. The students have to read the case and prepare individually the answers to the case before attending the exercises. During the exercises, the cases will be analyzed and discussed in detail in smaller groups. This method will help the students building up some important analytical competences and to develop oral presentation skills. It will allow them to understand the complexity of the context in which European businesses operate today, and in particular the opportunities and challenges offered by the single market and other central aspects of the EU.
Feedback during the teaching period
The students will get feedback during the lectures, the exercises and with 1 voluntary assignment. During the lectures, the teachers will give feedback using specific IT-tools (like f.ex. quizzes). During the exercises the teacher will give detailed feedback about each specific case. Moreover, the course has 1 individual voluntary assignment. The voluntary assignment will allow students to get feedback throughout the course about their performance. Apart from that, the teachers will be available during the office hours, if the students need feedback or have specific questions related to the content of the course.
Student workload
Reading literature for lectures and cases 139 hours
Actively attending lectures and exercises (on line or on campus) 41 hours
Actively preparing cases before attending exercise classes 30 hours
1 voluntary assignment 15 hours
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Last updated on 28-04-2022