Economics and Law

How does law affect the economy and economic activity? What is the role of rules and standards in our economic system, and how can economic processes be regulated by means of rules and standards?

The bachelor’s degree course in economics and law seeks to provide answers to these and similar questions by setting up links between economics and law and highlighting the interfaces between these two disciplines.

Course structure

The bachelor’s degree course can normally be completed in three years (i.e. six semesters or approximately 90 hours of taught time per week as part of a traditional brick and mortar programme). At the beginning of the course students acquire the rudiments of both disciplines. In the first year of their studies they are introduced to the basics of public and private law as well as micro- and macroeconomics. In their second year they deepen their knowledge by attending lectures and seminars devoted to subjects such as business accounting or European law. At the same time they begin to form their own ideas about topics that straddle disciplinary boundaries.

Final year students can specialise in subjects of their choice and learn to consider topics from a variety of perspectives.Thus, for instance, they can avail themselves of the opportunity to examine tax issues from different angles by taking two complementary modules in which taxation is presented from the vantage points of economists and legal scholars (e.g. a module about fiscal law and a module about general and specific theories of taxation). The integration module, which is offered by teachers representing both disciplines, and which is spread over two semesters, conduces to a better understanding of points of contact between law and economics while at the same time highlighting the differences between the two subjects. It remains to add that the main focus of the juridical part of the course is on public law.

The Basic Studies module is designed to equip students with comprehensive methodological expertise in addition to the aforementioned subject-specific skills. Participants also have to do internships and take foreign language courses. Those who have successfully completed the course are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) which gives them access to a wide range of occupational fields and may also provide a springboard for an MA programme at home or abroad.
Further information can be found here. There is also a list of modules and an overview of course regulations.

If you have any additional questions you should get in touch with the  advisers of studies.