The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Computers in Business
This module will introduce you to the use of computers and IT in business today - and in particular spreadsheet modelling - via a lab based assessment, case study group report and presentation. You’ll have 17 one-hour lectures; 4 one-hour computer lab sessions; 1 one-hour presentation tutorial and one 15 minute project review meeting.
Business Economics B1
In this module you will cover a range of topics including: exchange and trade; consumer theory; indifference analysis; market failure; public goods; factor markets and labour markets. You’ll have ten 2-hour lectures and three 1-hour seminars to study this module.
Quantitative Analysis for Business
This module provides a grounding in practical aspects of quantitative analysis with an emphasis on understanding and analysis of data. You will learn to apply statistical techniques to formulate and solve quantitative business problems as well as develop skills in the use of spreadsheets for statistical analysis and in interpreting statistical results. A group project forms part of the assessment allowing you to improve your team working and management skills. You’ll have 10 two-hour lectures, 5 one-hour example classes and 3 one-hour computer labs.
This module charts the development of the social sciences and their relationship to the natural sciences. You’ll begin with a brief history of social science followed by examples of research and then move on to focus on methodological issues including quantitative and qualitative research. You’ll finally consider the move away from positivism towards qualitative interpretive research processes by looking at the work of ethnographers in organizations. You’ll have 20 one-hour lectures and 1 two-hour tutorial.
People and Organisations
This module introduces you to the basic ideas of organisational behaviour and allows you to develop an understanding of how individuals behave as members of groups and organisations. You’ll have 9 two-hour lectures, 1 one-hour lecture a one two-hour computer lab-based simulation tutorial and a one-hour tutorial session.
Business Economics A
This module introduces you to the microeconomic theory of the market and the firm. Topics covered include: market demand; supply and equilibrium; firm production and costs; market structure; perfect competition; monopolistic competition; oligopoly and monopoly. For this module you will have 10 two-hour lectures, and 3 one-hour tutorials.
Entrepreneurship and Business
This module presents a formal analysis of entrepreneurship in theory and practice leading on to a consideration of creativity and business concept generation. You’ll have 11 two-hour lectures with the module concluding with the practical application of these theories and concepts in a business planning and business concept presentation.
German Language I
You’ll develop your understanding of the German language including grammar, written expression, aural and oral skills. You’ll have 3 hours per week will be spent in lectures, workshops, and oral classes with teaching partly in German and partly in English.
Introduction to German Studies
This module will provide an introduction to the study of German. It will cover the main fields of German Studies (literature, culture, history, linguistics, media) as well as the study skills required for academic study (critical and analytic skills, reading skills, presentation skills, writing skills). You’ll spend around two hours per week in lectures and seminars studying for this module.
New Venture Creation
New Venture Creation will engage you in the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity, in terms of creating new businesses and entrepreneurship within the corporate environment. You’ll become prepared for enterprise activity across a variety of contexts. You’ll have 11 two-hour seminars, 7 hours lecture-based learning and 4 hours of mentored group work/practical enterprise activity.
Managing Tourism and the Environment: Conflict or Consensus?
The module will examine and explore: the interactions between and the management of tourism and the environment, the emergence of environmentally-concerned consumers and the implications of different environmental paradigms for tourism development, debates surrounding the environmental and economic impacts of tourism and the role played by pressure groups in influencing tourism development. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 sixty-minute seminars.
Insurance in a Risky World
This module examines how insurance markets operate to satisfy commercial and individual customers' demand for protection against risk, and would usually include some of the following topics: introduction to insurance, private and social insurance, the historical development of insurance, why buy property/liability insurance?, why buy life, health and pensions insurance?, how is insurance distributed to consumers?, international aspects of insurance and insurance and catastrophes. You’ll study this over 10 two-hour lectures and 2 one-hour seminars.
Contemporary Economic Policy
This module introduces you to the nature and scope of the macroeconomic policy agenda, and develops the analytical frameworks necessary for the evaluation of policy instruments. The module enables you to understand the economic arguments that underlie different views and to evaluate relevant arguments. You’ll have 10 two-hour lectures and three 1-hour tutorials to study for this module.
This module focuses on the strategic dimension of marketing with reference to the ways in which organisations compete with different product-market offers. There is an emphasis on the processes involved in the development of a marketing strategy and the ways in which such strategies evolve. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour seminars.
Managing the Marketing Mix
This module introduces the operational aspects of marketing through analysis of the design and implementation of the marketing mix. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 sixty-minute seminars per semester to study for this module.
Economics of Business Decisions
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the various economic views of firms that have recently been developed. Each view has its own implications for the objectives that guide firm decisions. Particular emphasis is given to the practical implications of the theoretical analysis. Topics covered include: managerial theory of the firm, behavioural theory, agency theory, transactions cost economics, evolutionary theory, resource-based view of the firm, horizontal and vertical firm boundaries, vertical integration, diversification, mergers and divestment. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour tutorials.
Organising and Managing in Practice
This module will explore some of the key issues that arise when attempting to manage employees at work. It will develop understanding of the impact of management policies and behaviours on employee attitudes and behaviours. This will help you to appreciate how your activities as managers will affect organisational performance. You’ll have 11 one-hour lectures and 4 two-hour tutorials to cover material for this module.
Designing and Managing Organisations
Introducing you to the characteristics of organisations and organisations as systems, you are provided with concepts, theories and illustrations which will help you become effective managers in a rapidly changing world. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures plus 2 sixty-minute tutorials to study for this module.
German Language 2
Building upon the language module studied in Year 1, you’ll further improve your skills in reading, listening, speaking, creative writing and translation. This will be achieved by studying texts from newspapers and other sources, which will be used for discussion of translation issues and grammatical structures, linguistic analysis and textual comparison, oral presentation, and essay and CV writing. You’ll have 2 hours per week in seminars and tutorials.
In this you’ll module examine the international business environment, in particular, the impact of international firms on the economy, the determinants of Foreign Direct Investment and their significance on regional and global economic integration. There is an emphasis on cultural and organisational aspects of international business and their impact on Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as differences in corporate governance across economic areas. The course structure is based on three sections focusing mainly on the activities of MNEs, firm organisation and performance, and the impact of international firms on the economy. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour seminars.
This module develops an understanding of corporate entrepreneurship (CE) and an appreciation of how larger firms can be designed to be more entrepreneurial, flexible and innovative. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour seminars.
Global Business from Adam Smith to the Digital Age: the international economy since 1760
This module will survey the parallel rise of international business and the international economy from the mid eighteenth century to the present day. You’ll start by exploring the emergence of industrial capitalism and long-term cycles of economic development, analysis of trading policy, currency systems and trends like imperialism will provide the essential background to the rise of international business and the forging of the 'Global Economy'. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour seminars.
The Historikerstreit and German Identity
This module will explore the circumstances during which a number of German academics and cultural commentators became involved in a dispute about the representation of the Nazi Holocaust in German historiography. The dispute took place in the mid-1980s and was known as the Historikerstreit. The module will examine critically the most important arguments of some of the key players such as Ernst Nolte and Jürgen Habermas and also consider the implications of such debates about historiography for the development of national identity. You’ll have 2 one-hour seminars each week to study for this module.
Fremdsprachen lernen und lehren
Introducing you to some major theories of how languages are learned, you will consider: the differences between first and second language acquisition, is there a “best” age to learn a foreign language, why some people learn languages more easily than others, and some particular problems for English-speaking learners of German and German-speaking learners of English. You’ll spend two hours per week in seminars.
Reason and its rivals from Kant to Freud
The module discusses a selection of theoretical approaches to modernity, beginning with Kant’s assertion of individual reason as the founding stone of enlightened social organisation, and interrogations of that position in the work of Marx and Engels, Nietzsche and Freud. You will have a one hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.
Strategic Management I
This module examines the different approaches and techniques of strategic management including analysis of the external and internal environments, the nature of competitive advantage and the development of the firm. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 sixty-minute seminars to study for this module.
Strategic Management II
This module examines the managerial and organisational factors that influence the formation and subsequent realisation of strategy. The course enables you to develop skills in the analysis of strategic processes, with particular reference to the role of leadership, change, learning, and power strategy. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 sixty-minute seminars to study for this module.
Human Resource Management I
This module introduces the basic concepts of Human Resource Management (HRM) in broader perspective and subjects them to critical analysis. Areas covered will include: HRM models, recruitment and selection, appraisal and pay, training, job design, work-life balance and HRM and performance. You’ll study through 11 ninety-minute lectures plus 2 one-hour tutorials.
Human Resource Management II
This module examines a number of advanced topics in the area of Human Resource Management (HRM). It builds on ‘Human Resource Management I’. The topics covered include ethical issues in HRM, employment regulation, equality and diversity, and voice and participation. You’ll have 11 one-hour lectures and 2 two-hour tutorials to study for this module.
This module explores business-society relations through the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility (BE&SR). The first part of the module will address the concept of business ethics, a discussion of citizenship theory and the challenges of globalisation and sustainability. The second part of the module will address the issues, impacts of business on individual stakeholder groups and analyse BE and SR in relation to each group. You’ll have 11 one-hour lectures and 4 one-hour seminars to cover material for this module.
Marketing and Society
In this module, you’ll be given an overview of marketing and society, marketing and public policy issues in advertising and promotion, marketing and public policy issues in pricing, marketing and public policy issues in distribution, marketing and consumer protection policy, consumer response to product information and disclosure. Teaching for this module will take place through 11 one-hour lectures and 2 two-hour seminars.
Corporate Restructuring and Governance
In this module you’ll be introduced to the analysis of different forms of corporate restructuring, focusing on the internal and external factors influencing restructuring as well as the effects of restructuring on a variety of firm level outcomes. You’ll have a 11 one-hour lectures and 2 two-hour tutorials.
Science, Technology & Business
This module will introduce you to the importance of, and the processes involved in, the commercialisation of science and technology. The content of the course is highly relevant in the current climate where Government is placing much evidence on the wealth creation process. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures plus 2 one-hour tutorials to cover material in this module.
This module discusses and analyses the management of the international finance function of firms. Typical issues include: foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange and other international risks, international financial markets, international investment decisions and foreign trade. You’ll have 11 one-hour weekly lectures and 4 one-hour seminars at regular intervals during the module.
Translation from German II
Building on your progress made during the year abroad this module will enhance your practical command and effective understanding of written German and English through translation from German of a variety of texts and passages from a range of topics and registers. It will develop your translation skills towards professional standards for translation into English. You’ll have a weekly two-hour seminar to study for this module.
German Essay and Oral I
You’ll improve your proficiency in written and spoken German with the support of a native speaker based on the language skills achieved on your year abroad. You’ll have around two hours per week in seminars studying for this module.
Vergangenheitsbewaltigung und Nationale Identitat: Geschichte und Gedachtnis nach dem Holocaust
This module will examine historical, political and philosophical approaches to the concept of national identity between divided and post-unification Germany concentrating on the changing relationships between the articulation of conventional patriotism and self-critical reflection on National Socialism. You will have a one-hour lecture and a two-hour seminar each week to study for this module.