Teaching plan for the course unit



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On 3 April 2020 and in agreement with the President of the Government of Catalonia, the Catalan Minister of Business and Knowledge and the rectors of the other Catalan universities, the Rector of the Universitat de Barcelona decided to suspend all second-semester face-to-face teaching activities until the end of the academic year. For this reason, our university's teaching staff may need to make certain changes to the course plans of the subjects they teach, so that they can teach subjects online. When and where such changes are made, they will be explained in a new appendix attached to the end of the original course plan.

General information


Course unit name: Doing Business in Emerging Economies

Course unit code: 573477

Academic year: 2019-2020

Coordinator: Josep Llados Masllorens

Department: Department of Economic History, Institutions and Policy and World Economy

Credits: 2,5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 62.5


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture





-  Lecture with practical component





-  Problem-solving class





-  Document study




Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


General competences

Creative and entrepreneurial skills (capacity to conceive, design and manage projects, and to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches).

Basic competences

Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.

Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.

Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgments and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.

Specific competences

Capacity to apply the main concepts and management tools to resolve advanced problems and business situations related to the strategic, financial, commercial, operational and logistics management of international companies.

Capacity to examine the options, potential and opportunities presented by different regions in the global economy and to identify the specific features of the various markets and societies involved, with a view to improving effectiveness and complying with demands on professional responsibility.

Capacity to acquire an advanced level of competence in the writing of scientific documents, specialized reports and research papers in which value judgements are formulated, complying with standard criteria for publication or for presentation to potential stakeholders or other interested parties at the global level.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Analyse the economic and financial situation of emerging countries.
— Understand the structure and main characteristics of businesses in BRICS and other emerging countries.
— Understand the business culture of emerging countries and their difficulties.
— Understand the critical role of global value chains in these regions.
— Understand and overcome the main economic and financial challenges of the global economy.



Teaching blocks


1. Introduction to emerging economies: definition and evolution

2. Economic dynamics, macroeconomic balances and main challenges

3. Integration in the global economy: foreign direct investment and global value chains

4. Labour market, income distribution and the quest for productivity

5. Doing business in emerging economies: institutional, cultural and social context



Teaching methods and general organization


This course combines differents methologies:

— Lectures
— Group work
— Problem-solving
— Information search
— Case studies




Official assessment of learning outcomes


The official assessment of learning outcomes is based on continuous assessment. Moreover, attendance, participation, reading and discussion of papers in class are highly valued during the assessment process. The final grade is broken down as follows:

— Every four sessions, the students’ progress is assessed by means of a quiz. Each one of these three assessment activities represents 20% of the final grade.

— The other 40% corresponds to a final paper written throughout the course on an economic or social topic in relation to one specific emerging country. 


Repeat assessment

Students who fail to pass continuous assessment are entitled to repeat assessment by means of a final exam. This exam covers all the topics taught during the course. Students must select three among the four questions asked.


Examination-based assessment

Students who fail to pass or have been absent to continuous assessment are entitled to repeat assessment by means of a final exam. This exam covers all the topics taught during the course. Students must answer any three questions of the four asked.


Repeat assessment

Students who fail to pass single assessment are entitled to repeat assessment by means of a final exam. This exam covers all the topics taught during the course. Students must answer any three questions of the four asked.



Reading and study resources

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During the course we will provide specific bibliography for each topic. All of them, along with
the audio-visual learning materials, would be accessible in the online classrooms. 





Given the suspension of 2nd semester face-to-face activities of the academic year 2019/20 due to COVID-19 and given the need to adapt the methodology and evaluation methods to the new scenario, these addenda modify the following sections of the original teaching plan.

Methodology and alternative educational activities:

Due to the Covid19 disease, the sessions from 13th March will be developed and registered in the online campus. These sessions will be hold in the planned timetable and using BlackBoard Collaborate.

Accreditation assessment of learning:


Since 13th March, all the continuous assessment process will be developed in the online campus. These activities will consist of two quizzes and a final report that has to be uploaded in the online campus according to the scheduled calendar. However, the timetable of these activities will be adapted for those students requiring a higher level of flexibility.


As planned, the evaluation for students not participating in the continuous assessment process will be based on a final exam. This activity will be hold in the online campus and in the scheduled timetable (24th April, 8:00 am).


For those students not passing the final exam, a retake exam will be hold in the online campus and in the scheduled timetable (8th May, 8:00 am).