The first year (60 ECs) has an introductory character. The general introductions enable you to approach topics at an academic level, with special interest for their application in business administration studies. The course Introduction to Business Administration gives you an introduction to the theory and practice of business administration. The focus is on social processes in organisations, on change processes, and on designing solutions for problems. This means that business administration uses knowledge and skills from related disciplines such as economics, sociology and psychology. Methods of Research and Intervention introduces you to the tools scientists use when conducting research (research methods). During this course, possible approaches for solving organisational problems (intervention methods) are also recommended. Academic Skills is a practical course given to groups of 15 students at a time. You acquire the skills you need to complete your academic studies successfully. For instance, you are taught to reason and argue scientifically. Statistics links basic elements from descriptive and inferential statistics to business administration research. It prepares you for doing the research projects later on in the programme. Organisation Theory consists of an introduction to organisation theory, with attention to its origins, main themes and further theoretical development.
The course Introduction to Economics and Business (Business Administration) provides an introduction to economics-based approaches in organisations and management. International Business Ethics teaches you to view the ethical aspects of organisations from a philosophical perspective. You gain insight into the role ethics plays in the decision-making process of international organisations and you learn how to apply the main ethical theories to moral dilemmas found in the business world. In the first project, Project Responsible Organisation 1: Sustainable Entrepreneurship you apply the knowledge you acquired in the first year to issues concerning entrepreneurship and sustainability. Cross-Cultural Management and Communication demonstrates that the challenge in international management is to use the power of cultural diversity to find better solutions for these dilemmas than can be found by using single cultural perspectives. Accounting focuses on the financial and administrative aspects of organisations, in particular aspects related to for-profit enterprises.