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Business, Politics and Culture

The overall aim of the course is to summarize and critically discuss the complex relation between business, culture and politics in contemporary society.

The aim of this course is to explore the interplay between business and politics, and its impact on the ways in which we live and work. In order to do so, the course will provide an overview of the changing relationship between business and politics in recent decades. On this basis, the course will look at the arenas in which business interests increasingly influence society as well as how life and work might change in the coming decades. To foster the students’ critical abilities, the course will focus on essay writing. With the purpose of developing students’ writing and thinking abilities, students are assessed and receive feedback from both teachers and peers continuously throughout the course.


  • Course structure

    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS).
    The language of instruction is English.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.
    Please note that all teaching and learning activities - such as lectures, seminars, assignments and assessment tasks – are carried out in English when the language of instruction is English.



    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course.
    The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:
    1. Individual essay.
    2. Presentation paper.
    3. Respondent paper 1.
    4. Respondent paper 2.
    5. Memo.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can be completed for a grade E.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Anselm Schneider and Nick Butler