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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 Europe

Course unit code: 573478

Academic year: 2019-2020

Coordinator: Guillem Riambau Armet

Department: Department of Economics

Credits: 2,5

Single program: S

 

 

Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 62.5

 

Face-to-face and/or online activities

25.5

 

-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face

 

18

 

-  Group tutorial

Face-to-face

 

1.5

 

-  Practical exercises

Face-to-face

 

6

Supervised project

17

Independent learning

20

 

 

Competences to be gained during study

 

Basic competences

CB7. 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.

CB8. Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgments based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgments.

CB9. 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

CE2. Capacity to adopt a strategic, integrated approach to business problems and ability to address them effectively at an international level.

CE9. 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.

 

 

 

 

Learning objectives

 

Referring to knowledge

— Understand the key features of both the economy and the markets of European countries.

— Explore the institutional framework and organisation of economics and business in Europe and the European Union.

— Deepen European regulation and competence policy.

— Learn about the business environment operating in Europe.

— Know about specific elements of the European business culture.

 

 

Teaching blocks

 

1. Europe and the European Union: an overview

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1. The European integration process and the system of the European Union: an introduction

2. The European single market and its implications for European businesses

2. EU regulatory framework

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3. The Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)

4. Trade and investment

5. Competition policy and innovation in the European business environment

3. Doing business with and within the European Union

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6. European business culture

7. Consumer behavior in Europe

8. EU regional differences: understanding heterogeneity

 

 

Teaching methods and general organization

 

The course combines three different types of learning activities:

— Face-to-face learning activities. These comprise lectures outlining the main concepts and content of the subject, as well as the main tools for analysis. They also include practical classes, which are used to further explore problems and case studies presented by the lecturer.

— Tutored learning activities, primarily comprising the preparation of an essay proposed by the lecturer.

— Independent learning activities, which consist of the completion of problem-solving exercises and case studies, and further study of the basic subject material and recommended reading.

The course makes use of the Virtual Campus to facilitate communication between students and teachers, and for the provision and submission of material, such as practical exercises, statistical information, self-assessment tasks, essays, and so on.

 

 

Official assessment of learning outcomes

 

Continuous assessment consists of several assignments to be completed throughout the semester. The final grade is calculated as follows: 

• Exercises (30%)
• Group class presentation (20%)
• A final individual written assignment (50%)

Repeat assessment (for students who fail to pass the subject) consists of an examination with the same characteristics as the single assessment examination, held on the date set by the Academic Committee. Therefore, it consists of a final examination worth 100% of the final grade.

 

Examination-based assessment

Students who wish to renounce continuous assessment and request single assessment may do so before the date of the first assessed activity.

Single assessment consists of a final examination. To pass the course, a minimum pass grade must be obtained in the final examination. The final examination takes place on the date set by the Academic Committee and covers the entire course content. Given the characteristics of the subject, it is not possible to sit the examination on a date different from the official date.

Repeat assessment (for students who fail to pass the subject) consists of an examination with the same characteristics as the single assessment examination, held on the date set by the Academic Committee. Therefore, it consists of a final examination worth 100% of the final grade.

 

 

Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB

Book

During the course specific bibliography for each topic will be provided.

 

 

ADAPTATION OF THE COURSE PLAN TO ONLINE TEACHING MODE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020, IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS

 

“ADAPTACIÓ DEL PLA DOCENT A LA MODALITAT DE DOCÈNCIA EN LÍNIA, DAVANT LA CRISI DE LA COVID-19, DURANT EL CURS 2019-20”

[ENGLISH]

Evaluation: No changes with respect to the original plan. It’s all based on take home assignments, or group presentations. The latter have been changed to online presentations. 

Teaching: All teaching has been switched to online, via zoom. Same timetable, number of hours, and materials. 

 

[CATALAN]

Avaluació: No hi ha hagut cap modificació, ja que tota l’avaluació es basava en treballs o pràctiques fets a casa. Les presentacion que havien de fer a classe han estat canviades a mode online. 

Docència: Tota la docència ha passat a ser duta a terme online via zoom. El mateix horari, hores i contingut.