BUS1004 : Critical Perspectives on Business Growth

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To introduce students to the concepts of business growth and entrepreneurship..
To consider how nuanced theoretical questions and issues relate to the concept of business growth, e.g. to consider the ethicality of some business growth, to consider how gender and business growth intersect and to examine how a person’s identity is linked to their business growth
To examine what sort of people grow businesses and the features of those people who grow businesses (their risk taking behaviors, their opportunity identification, their creativity etc.)
To consider how business growth and entrepreneurship can impact society – both positively and negatively - at the micro and macro levels.
To encourage students to think critically about business growth and those who practice it in a multi-disciplinary way, drawing on thought in paradigms including philosophy, anthropology, sociology and psychology as well as the traditional business literature.
To introduce students to key works, theorists and perspectives relating to business growth.
To encourage students to explore the aspects of business growth that interest them most.
To instruct students about how to write appropriate essays and respond to exam questions competently
To encourage students to explore and present their ideas in a structured way, in both written and oral formats.
To instruct students how to locate and critically engage with related literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

Thematically as follow.

Semester 1

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Who/what is an entrepreneur?
Week 3: The nature/nurture debate and its relationship to entrepreneurs
Career Week*
Week 4: Illegal and immoral business growth
Week 5: Threats and remedies to business growth
Week 6: Guest speaker (1)
Week 7: essay workshop (1)
Week 8: essay workshop (2)
Week 9: essay workshop (3)

Semester 2

Week 1: Feedback (individual; none-compulsory attendance)
Week 2: Feedback (collective)
Week3: Business growth
Week 4: Organisational socialisation and the pursuit of business growth
Week 5: Human dynamics and their links to business growth
Week 6: Hegemonic and non-hegemonic actors and business growth
Week 7: Social mobility, enterprise policies and entrepreneurship
Week 8: Creativity and business growth
Week 9: Guest speaker (2)
Week 10: Exam workshop one (with a focus on case-study response)
Week 11: Exam workshop two (general revision)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:0052:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The course is structured over 24 sessions. Each session is organised around a concept/ theme. In semester one, the first seven sessions (or lectures) address themes that will appear on the first exam (to be taken in December). Students will answer one essay in the exam, as part of their assessment. Subsequent lectures in semester one take on a more practical/vocational dimension, and include a guest speaker. In semester two lectures are designed to give students the knowledge they need to pass their final exams. Several lectures in semester 2 draw upon Dr Giazitzoglu’s research.

Blackboard Learning Environment:
Lecture notes are uploaded onto Blackboard on a weekly basis. Generally Dr Giazitzoglu sends an e-mail to his cohort of students weekly or bi-weekly to help navigate and prepare students. (You can access Blackboard at http://blackboard.ncl.ac.uk).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A35N/A
Written Examination1202A65N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students are assessed through through two written examinations which takes place at the end of semester one and at the end semester two. The exam in semester 1 counts for 35% of students’ final grade for the module, with the final written exam counting for 65%

Reading Lists