Introduction to Business, Management, Economics & Law

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 1
Module code

Module overview

This module introduces students to the disciplines of Business & 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

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

1. Describe the disciplines of Business, Management, Economics and Law.
2. Discuss 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

Explain how the learning outcomes fit with the programme(s) for which the module will be available:

The knowledge and understanding delivered in the module and the skills to be developed have been determined with the programme aims in mind – including the overall aim of preparing students for UG study at SOAS. The introduction to the different disciplines and approaches will prepare students for the UG programme of their choosing and help inform their degree choice.


  • Lectures: 1 hour per week
  • Seminars: 2 hours per week

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

  • Essay (30%) – 1250 words
  • Portfolio (70%) – 3000 words


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