Bachelor’s programme in Economy and Society

BSc in Economy and Society | 3 years | 180 credits

Programme structure

The programme starts by introducing basic concepts and theories within central areas of the programme, including general skills such as for example working in teams, academic writing, and oral presentations.

The courses that follow after the first semester add additional perspectives and models that provide further, in depth insights into the practical and theoretical areas that are related to the broad field of Economy and Society. This is combined with further training in more practical skills such as written and oral presentations.

You can customise semester 5 according to your own preferences.

As a final part of the programme, you will conduct your own research and demonstrate the ability to independently apply the different ideas and theories introduced by the different courses. This will result in a bachelor’s degree project (thesis).


Semester 1 Semester 2
The Rise of Europe and the
Atlantic Economy (7.5 credits)
Microeconomics (10 credits)

Colonialism and Economic Change in
Africa, Asia and Latin America (7.5 credits)

Financial Economics (5 credits)
Economic growth in Modern Europe, North
America and the OECD Club (7.5 credits)
Demographic Challenges (7.5 credits)
The Global South: Comparative Economic
Development since 1945 (7.5 credits)
Skill Training 1: Statistics and Data (7.5 credits)
Semester 3 Semester 4
Business and Society – a Dynamic
Perspective (7.5 credits)
Regional Development and Growth (7.5 credits)
Skill Training 2: The Art of Writing and
Reporting (7.5 credits)
Global Sustainability (7.5 credits)

Macroeconomics (10 credits)

International Economics (5 credits)

Two elective courses (15 credits in total,
7.5 credits each). The course packages are
pre-set, and includes courses from the School
of Economics and Management and the Social
Science faculty. 

Semester 5 Semester 6
Electives (30 credits):

Research Design, Methods and Data Collection
(15 credits)

Bachelor's thesis (15 credits)


Summary of the courses

How come the West has dominated the world for much of the past two centuries? In this course you will learn how Europe, and later also the US, gradually managed to overtake the economic superpowers of the Middle Ages – China, India and the Middle East – and then developed into industrial societies and colonizers after 1750.

Course code: EOS001

Does having a colonial past hinder development today? This course takes a long-run perspective to developing countries, looking into their history as colonies of Western powers, and also discussing theories as to how having been colonized might affect development today.

Course code: EOS002

What should underdeveloped countries do to improve their economies? In this course, you will learn about recent trends in growth and development, the policies successful economies have employed, and the theories development economists have come up with to reduce global inequality.

Course code: EOS003

Along with the rise of industrial societies came globalization, and also an increased cooperation within international institutions. In this course, you will learn how the tumultuous first half of the 20th century eventually convinced countries to cooperate in such organizations as the EU and World Trade Organization after 1945.

Course code: EOS004

How to sustain current welfare states is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Facing an aging population, what options do policy makers have to ensure support for both younger and older generations? In this course, you will learn how societies have dealt with population change, and what its economic consequences were.

Course code: EOS005

The social media revolution has taken opportunities for data mining to a whole new level. In the coming decades, the use of big data will become increasingly important in research, policy making, and marketing. This course will teach you about collecting data, critically analysing it, and presenting it to an audience.

Course code: EOS006

Businesses are everywhere in today’s capitalist societies. However, due to competition, the organisation of commerce is also constantly changing: where some business types fail, others pop up. This course discusses what makes for a good business-model, how enterprises have evolved throughout history, and how they are related to economic growth.

Course code: EOS007

Writing skills are of crucial important on the work floor. Because quite often, being right is not enough: selling your ideas to an audience is just as crucial as developing them. In this course you will learn how to communicate your ideas in a convincing and professional way.

Course code: EOS008

Regional integration has become very important in our globalizing world. Economists stress the importance of a regional perspective – rather than a city or nation-state perspective – for understanding and generating growth. This course will teach you why they do so.

Course code: EOS009

"The Limits to Growth" was the agenda-setting report published by the so-called Club of Rome in 1972. Since then, the question of sustainable development has been prominently on the agenda, and has led to the Paris Agreement of 2016, setting goals for limiting climate change. The course will provide an overview of how ideas about how to balance population and natural resources have developed to the present day.

Course code: EOS010

This course prepares you for writing a Bachelor’s thesis. It teaches you to formulate research questions, and to decide on a research strategy that will allow you to find the answers. You will also learn about where to find data, how to collect it, and how to analyse it.

Course code: EOS011

The Bachelor’s thesis is the crowning achievement of the Bachelor's in Economy and Society programme. You will demonstrate the knowledge and skills you obtained by writing an academic piece on a topic covered by the programme.

Course code: EOS012

Last published: 2018-12-19