Bachelor’s programme in Economy and Society

BSc in Economy and Society | 3 years | 180 credits

Programme structure

Semester 1 Semester 2

The Rise of Europe and the Atlantic
Economy (7,5 ECTS)

Microeconomics (10 ECTS)


Colonialism and Economic Change
in Africa, Asia and Latin America 
(7,5 ECTS)
Financial Economics (5 ECTS)
Economic growth in Modern Europe,
North America and the OECD Club 
(7,5 ECTS)
Demographic Challenges (7,5 ECTS)

The Global South:
Comparative Economic
Development since 1945 (7.5 ECTS)

Skill Training 1: Statistics and Data
(7,5 ECTS)
Semester 3 Semester 4

Business and Society – a
Dynamic Perspective (7,5 ECTS)

Regional Development and Growth
(7,5 ECTS)

Skill Training 2: The Art of
Writing and Reporting (7,5 ECTS)
Global Sustainability (7,5 ECTS)
Macroeconomics (10 ECTS) Elective packages 15 ECTS (two courses of 7,5 ECTS each)
International Economics (5 ECTS)  
Semester 5 Semester 6
Electives (30 ECTS):
- International exchange studies, or
- Internship, or
- Elective courses at LUSEM/Lund University

Research Design, Methods and Data Collection (15 ECTS)

  Degree Project (15 ECTS)

Overview of the semesters

The overall purpose of the programme is to prepare the students for a career where a global context analysis is required. Following this overarching goal, real and complex issues in today’s society are studied through a historical lens. With the help of theoretical concepts, models, and tools derived from relevant research, the students practice advanced problem solving in an international context, thereby developing their knowledge, skills and judgment.

Semester 1

The first semester of the programme serves as a general introduction to the discipline. During the course of this semester, the students are offered a broad introduction to the economic history of the world stretching over time and space offering a global long-term perspective. Four mandatory courses are given in the semester with two courses running parallel at all times. The first half consist of two courses, The Rise of Europe and the Atlantic Economy, ca. 1000-1890, and Colonialism and Economic Change in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These courses are dedicated to the pre-modern economies. The second half focuses on the modern economies in the global North and South in the two courses: Economic growth in Modern Europe, North America and the OECD Club and The global South: Comparative Economic Development since 1945.

Semester 2

The second semester has a clear micro economic focus and also introduces some more practical skills. The students will acquire fundamental micro-economic skills during the first half of the semester through one course in Microeconomics, which is followed by a course in Financial Economics. The second half of the semester builds on the newly acquired skills from the economics courses with the course Demographic Challenges. The semester ends with a more practically oriented course, Skill Training 1: Statistics and Data. This course focuses on general data management and basic statistics. In the second half of the semester, the courses run parallel to each other.

Semester 3

The third semester complements the micro perspective with a clear macroeconomic focus and continues the skill training form year one. The semester starts with two courses Business and Society – a Dynamic Perspective, a course with a business history focus, and Skill Training 2: The Art of Writing and Reporting. This is followed by a course in Macroeconomics and a course in International Economics.

Semester 4

The fourth semester builds on the broad knowledge and skill base that the students have acquired, particularly in the first semester of the programme. This semester is also an opportunity for students to broaden themselves within topics and disciplines. The semester is divided into two parallel parts. At the Department of Economic History, the students will study Regional Development and Growth and Global Sustainability, which is a continuation and deepening of the first semester of the programme. Parallel to this the students will elect pre-set course packages from other departments within LUSEM and the Social Science faculty at Lund University. The scope and number of packages may change over time.

Semester 5

This semester consists of electives according the student’s choice. The programme director must, however, approve the courses. Students are strongly encouraged to spend this semester abroad – either at one of LUSEM’s many partner universities or on an international internship. For those who wish to stay in Sweden during semester 5, national internships or studies at LUSEM or some other faculty at Lund University provide interesting options.

Semester 6

The final semester has a clear research focus with two courses running consecutively. The first half of the semester consists of an in-depth methods course, Research Design, Methods and Data Collection. The second half of the semester is constituted by the Degree Project/Bachelor Thesis Course.

Summary of the courses (the list is not complete)

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: 2019-03-22