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Business, Law, and Politics

Business, Law, and Politics

Growing inequality, environmental crisis, racism and sexism, intolerance, and conflict: we face a number of challenges in our modern, globally-interconnected world. These are questions of society, ethics and justice. The academic disciplines of Business, Law, and Politics work together to address these questions. We believe that this multi-disciplinary approach enables us to better understand our position and responsibilities as local and global citizens, the 'wicked problems' that we face, and the opportunities and challenges that follow. In this programme you will take part in sessions led by academics from the Business School, Law School, and Politics department, and work towards sustainable solutions for the various social, political, economic, and environmental issues we face. The format of these sessions will vary – some will be delivered by a combination of these disciplines, while other sessions will focus on one subject. This will allow you to not only see the value of a cross-curricular approach, but also give you a feel for how each subject is taught at university level.


6 x 4-hour sessions, to be held on weekdays between January and May, both in and out of term time.

Session 1 Wednesday 29th January 2020 12:00–16:00 Penryn campus, Cornwall
Session 2 Wednesday 12th February 2020 12:00–16:00 Penryn campus, Cornwall
Session 3 Tuesday 3rd March 2020 12:00–16:00 Penryn campus, Cornwall
Session 4 Thursday 30th April 2020 12:00–16:00 Penryn campus, Cornwall*
Session 5 Thursday 9th July 2020 11:45–16:00 Penryn campus, Cornwall
Session 6 Wednesday 15th July 2020 12:00–16:00 Penryn campus, Cornwall

* Cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. We hope to rearrange these cancelled sessions for the future. Please see our homepage for further information.

Activity Locations

All subject activity sessions will take place on the University of Exeter Penryn campus, Cornwall.

Meeting point: Penryn campus main reception

Subject Activity Strand Content

The Business sections of this programme will explore challenges to organisations that operate in environments of growing resource scarcity and increased expectation to improve efficiency, safeguard natural resources, and demonstrate usefulness to society at large.  You will have the opportunity to consider changes to the UK employment market, and consider what they mean for you, managers, and employees. The sessions will also look to the future in order to evaluate the challenges and opportunities which artificial intelligence, algorithmic control, and automation hold for us all.

Sessions led by the Law School will focus on examining the roles of law in response to the global challenges we face. You will look primarily at two of the roles of law – standard setting and accountability. Using problem-based learning, you’ll consider how human rights law can be used creatively and adaptably to set international and national standards, on everything from air quality to how we treat each other in the workplace. You will consider the different ways in which law can be used to hold the powerful to account, including governments and big companies when they fail to meet these standards. You'll also assess the real difficulties in doing this, and the many current threats to the operation of the rule of law. 

The Politics and International Relations sessions will address some of the biggest political challenges facing the world today such as war and terrorism, the depletion of natural resources, populism and public disillusionment with politics, and global human rights issues. We believe Politics shouldn’t just be an intellectual exercise; it's the means by which people change the world. So, although you’ll be taught about political systems and theories, you'll apply these to world events and the major issues setting the modern political agenda.


This subject activity strand has contributions from the following degree programmes:

  • BBL Bachelor of Business and Laws

  • BSc Business
  • LLB Law with Business
  • BA Politics and International Relations
  • BA History and Politics

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this subject activity strand.

Pass Criteria

A minimum of 5 out of the 6 subject activity sessions must be attended, in addition to the Exeter Scholars Student Conference.