SOAS University of London

Foundation Years

Introduction to Business, Management, Economics & Law

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Full Year

This module introduces students to the disciplines of Business and Management, Economics and Law. Students develop a broad understanding of each discipline, spending approximately 5 weeks on each. They consider how the disciplines relate to each other and gain an insight into the value of different disciplinary perspectives. Students will be introduced to the key skills required for studying the different disciplines. The taster of each discipline that they receive will help inform their degree choice after the foundation year, while the module’s global focus will provide a basis for later choices about regions and topics that students may wish to study in more detail.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the disciplines of Business, Management, Economics and Law
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how each discipline approaches the study of major global issues
  3. Employ a wide range of academic skills and techniques appropriate for UG study in Business, Management, Economics and Law
  4. Make an informed decision about the UG programme that they wish to go on to study

Scope and syllabus

  • Introduction to Business, Management, Economics and Law
  • Disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity
  • Economics
  • Business & Management
  • Law
  • Global themes
  • Disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity

Method of assessment

  • Report (20%) – 750 words
  • Short essay (30%) – 1,500 words
  • Exam (50%)


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