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2023/2024  BA-BPOLO1354U  Business and Global Governance

English Title
Business and Global Governance

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Eleni Tsingou - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • International political economy
  • Economics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 15-11-2023

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Learning objectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of diverse topics in the study of business in a global context as presented in readings and lectures.
  • Persuasively answer questions about business in global governance, using the readings from the course and following academic standards appropriate to a third year bachelor course.
  • Apply these approaches to the main contemporary dilemmas facing international economic institutions, states, firms and civil society in the global political economy.
  • Compare, evaluate and discuss approaches based on the syllabus and lectures.
Business and Global 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 Written assignment
Release of assignment The Assignment is released in Digital Exam (DE) at exam start
Duration 7 days to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
A new exam assignment must be answered. This applies to all students (failed, ill, or otherwise). A new due date is set by the programme administration.
Description of the exam procedure

On the day of the exam, you will be asked to answer one question from a list of three. These three questions are to be posted on Canvas three weeks previously. 



Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course gives students factual and theoretical knowledge of selected cases of business challeges in a broader macroeconomic and global context, covering  business strategies developed in light of dominant megatrends and the policycrisis, as well as international business regulation. The theoretical approaches are discussed and compared based on their inherent theoretical strengths and weaknesses as well as their practical relevance. 


The specific content and structure is presented in the course plan on Canvas. The course provides a multifaceted understanding of the role of business in global governance from both a business and a societal perspective.

In relation to Nordic Nine

NN1: You have deep business knowledge placed in a broad context. For BGG this is done through focus on business in the broad context of global trade, global value chains, global security conflicts or global financial networks.

NN3: You recognize humanity's challenges and have the entrepreneurial knowledge to resolve them. For BGG this is done through looking at energy shocks, inequality, war, stagflation, supply shocks, climate change, these are some of the mega­challenges that we deal with and try to imagine solutions to using creativity and evidence.

NN4: You are competitive in business and compassionate in society. For BGG this means: there are no societies based just on competitiveness, so we look at labor, inequality, climate change disruptions.

NN7: You produce prosperity and protect the prosperity for the next generation. For BGG this means: Prosperity is impossible without peace, good governance, stable micro-finance and a livable habitat. How do we get to secure those?

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures and discussions of topics from the readings. The teaching philosophy balances classical education in the form of lectures that impart knowledge, and participatory education, in the form of a participatory lecturing style that encourages student involvement, responsibility and creativity.

This course emphasizes applied knowledge in the context of big questions that are relevant to business and society today. This means that when making arguments you will need to provide illustrations for the main points that you make using real-world examples from the world of business in society.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course seeks to offer feedback on two regular occasions: exercises classes and 40 minute practice sessions during the lecture classes when the students will be divided into groups and tasked to answer specific questions that build the analytical skills and knowledge base for the exam.

Lectures and classes will provide extensive opportunities for questions. Please feel free to take full advantage of the online ‘office hours’ offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes.

We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.

Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 152 hours
Lectures and workshops 38 hours
Further Information

Nordic Nine values being targeted: you have deep business knowledge placed in a broad comntext, you recognize humanity's challenges and have the entrepreneurial knowledge to help solve them, you are critical when thinking and constructive when collaborating, you produce prosperity and protect the prosperity of the next generations

Last updated on 15-11-2023