Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Culture and Business in Europe and Other Western Countries

Course unit code: 364580

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Guillem Riambau Armet

Department: Department of Economics

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face and online




-  Practical exercises

Face-to-face and online



Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study



CB3 - Ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within the field of study) to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.


CG8 - Capacity to communicate in English and/or other foreign languages orally and in writing, comprehension skills, and mastery of specialized language.


CE11 - Understanding of the culture and business practices of different countries, as the basis for adapting to an interacting effectively with other geopolitical contexts.


CE2 - Comprehensive understanding of the international economic, legal and socio-political framework, and ability to use this knowledge to oversee international business decisions.


CB4 - Capacity to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.


CG3 -┐Capacity for learning and responsibility (capacity for analysis, synthesis, to adopt global perspectives and to apply knowledge to practice).


CG5 -┐Ability to work in a team (capacity to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project, capacity to work in cross-disciplinary and multicultural teams).



Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Develop an understanding of the key features of both the economy and the markets of European countries and of those of the United States.

— Explore the institutional framework and organisation of economics and business in these countries.

— Learn about the business environment and business culture in European countries and in the United States.



Teaching blocks


1. Europe and the “West”; Key facts about its history and culture

2. Economic growth in Western countries and determining factors

3. Productive structure and competitiveness

4. European markets

5. The welfare state: different social models and welfare states

6. Business and culture compared; What have we learnt?



Teaching methods and general organization


The course combines three main types of learning activities:

— Face-to-face learning activities. These include lectures, in which the key concepts and content of the subject are presented, as well as the main tools for analysis. They also include practical classes, typically devoted to problem-solving exercises and case studies outlined by the lecturer.

— Tutored learning activities, focusing primarily on the preparation of a project proposed by the lecturer.

— Independent learning activities. Comprising additional problem-solving exercises and case studies and further study of the basic bibliography.

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

The lecturer is available during established office hours to resolve any doubts and queries, as well as to provide sufficient personalised tutorial guidance to each student throughout the course.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Continuous assessment

Continuous assessment: continuous assessment is divided into four parts.

1. Class participation and in-class quizzes (15%): quizzes will be regularly held in class (usually by means of Kahoot). They will serve as a means to participation and attendance, rather than purely assessing knowledge or skills.

2. Two take-home assignments (30%, 15% each): they will consist of short essays or analyses of topics dealt with in class. Details and dates for submission will be provided in class and uploaded to the Virtual Campus. Deadlines will be strictly enforced: every hour for delay in submission will be penalised with 2% of the grade for that particular submission.

3. In-class presentation (15%): in pairs or groups of three. Topics to be agreed during October. Delivery in November and December in class. Presentations to last around 20 minutes each. Detailed instructions and a rubric for this task will be provided in class and uploaded to the Virtual Campus. Failing to deliver the presentation on the given date entails a mark of 0.

4. Written examination (40%): the final examination takes place on the date set by the Academic Council and covers the whole content of the subject. It may include calculations, case studies and problem-solving exercises. This examination is worth 40% of the final grade.

Repeat assessment

Students who do not pass the subject are eligible to sit a repeat assessment examination on the date set by the Academic Council. This examination covers the whole subject and may include calculations, problem-solving exercises and case studies. Students who obtain a mark of 5 or higher in the three assessment tasks keep these marks, so that the repeat assessment examination only corresponds to 40% of the final grade in these cases.


Examination-based assessment

Students who wish to renounce continuous assessment and request single assessment may do so until the last day of class. 

Single assessment consists of a final examination on the whole subject. The examination covers the entire syllabus. It may contain problem-solving exercises, case studies and calculations, and takes place on the date set by the Academic Council. The minimum mark required for a pass grade is 5.

Repeat assessment

Students who fail to pass the subject may repeat assessment on the date established by the Academic Council. The examination covers the entire syllabus and may include calculations, problem-solving exercises and case studies. For students who have chosen single assessment, the repeat assessment test corresponds to 100% of the final grade; therefore, a minimum mark of 5 is required to obtain a pass grade, while up to 10 points may be awarded.



Reading and study resources

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COSTA-CAMPI, María Teresa...[et al.] (eds.). Economía europea: crecimiento, competitividad y mercados. Madrid: Alianza, 2016

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SUDER, Gabriele G.S. Doing business in Europe. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2011


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