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This course is designed to gain a solid understanding of key concepts and theories in the academic disciplines 'Social Sciences' and 'Business and Economics'. By the end of this course, the student
1. understands key concepts and theories in the Social Sciences and Business and Economics;
2. is able to critically reflect on these theories;
3. is able to apply the theories to propose reasoned solutions to practical challenges in the fields; and
4. understands key differences and similarities between the two fields.
Only Liberal Arts and sciences students are allowed to enter the course. The course builds on the knowledge and skills that were acquired in the courses Mind and Brain (840038), Rhetoric, Culture, and Democracy with Academic Writing (840083), and Thinking about Science (840052).
PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS FOR LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES STUDENTS ONLY!
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The course covers two fields: Social Sciences and Business and Economics.
Humans are social beings; nearly everything we do takes place in the company of others. Everything we do, or don’t do, has to do with other people. Social Science studies the social. The combination of the different theories in sociology and psychology offer important insights in human social behavior. In this course, we answer such questions as: How does social behavior arise? What influences social behavior? Are human beings free to choose their social behavior? Is social behavior rational? How do rules and regulations concerning social behavior arise? How are decisions concerning social behavior made? The course focusses on the theories in psychology and sociology that shed light on these, and related questions.
Business and Economics focuses on the role and functioning of organizations. In this course, we answer such questions as: Why do organizations exist? What are the boundaries of an organization? How is an organization structured? What strategies do organizations adopt to position themselves in a market? How do external parties, such as societies, influence organizations? The course includes, for example, an overview of different organizational forms. As organizations do not operate in a vacuum, and are also no holistic entities, the course also discusses several parts of the external environment that are relevant for their functioning. Moreover, it goes into the internal organization of organizations.
The overarching goal is to provide a thorough understanding of the Social Sciences and Business and Economics fields to all students. Sustainability will be used as a theme that runs throughout the course. The Social Science part of the course focuses on describing how sustainability is very much related to social relationships and individual decision making. The Business and Economics part of the course shows how businesses and individuals allocate scarce resources and what happens when individual and collective interests are not aligned.
- A collection of articles and book chapters (for Business and Economics), An overview with links to the literature is available on Canvas..
- A collection of articles and book chapters (for the Social Sciences), An overview with links to the literature is available on Canvas.