About the programme
GPA 2018: All applicants admitted  
Language: English  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


Economy in society

If you are interested in contributing to the understanding and debate of contemporary societal and economic issues while using your humanistic skills, then a Bachelor’s supplementary subject in Cultural Analysis of Society and Economy (CASE) is your natural choice. With CASE you get the opportunity to learn about cultural diagnostic approaches, about key concepts and ideas in contemporary society and how to conduct independent research. At CASE we use cultural analysis to investigate economic issues and their relations to broader societal, philosophical, historical and cultural developments, preparing you for an international career as an analyst in both public and private organisations.

A humanistic approach to economic practices

CASE offers a solid introduction to cultural analysis and diagnosis which is combined with a wide range of case studies that enables you to conduct your own studies in practice. CASE provides a study of central concepts and themes relevant to studies of contemporary society with a special emphasis on economic issues. These themes include ongoing discussions on crisis and development, welfare and competition, markets and democracy.

Teaching is conducted in English and the international setting of the programme is an asset in teaching and learning contexts.

Good questions for Cultural Analysis of Society and Economy:


  • What is value and how do we use different conceptions of value?
  • What do concepts of time and history mean for economic decision making and the ways decisions are legitimated?
  • What is a crisis and how do crises affect economic theories and political practices?
  • How do organisations use economic assumptions, theories and arguments in their strategies and communication?
  • Which methods for predicting future economic developments are used in society and how do organisations handle methodological conflicts?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations


Economy in Society I

Economy in Society I introduces students to basic problems of diverging theories about economy in society. The course provides an introduction to the epistemological, historical and sociological problems that are relevant for assessing the basic assumptions of historical and contemporary economic theories. The course allows the students to identify claims of truth, knowledge and verification in analysing phenomena as economic imperialism, economic rhetoric, ideology and scientific disagreements on economic issues. The presentation of key problems is coupled with case studies of contemporary economic themes.


Economy in Society II

Economy in Society II exposes students to key classical and contemporary theories about various relationships between economy and society. The course introduces theories of markets, democracy, governance, growth and environment, particularly drawn from classical and modern sociology. Further, students will be presented with the most important theories of economic anthropology and a basic introduction to economic history.  The presentation of key theories is coupled with case studies of contemporary economic themes.


Ideas of Time and History

This course introduces students to a number of different tools and methodologies that address the relation between conceptions of time and theories of societal developments. This includes risk scenarios, utopia and dystopia, progress and decline, and historicity. The aim is to provide the students with analytical tools to explain notions of prediction, crisis, acceleration, decline, progress and development and how they interact with societal and economic ideas of possibilities and dangers.


Cultural Analysis and Diagnostics

This course presents a number of analytical tools that students can use to analyse contemporary society and economy. These analytical tools include discourse analysis, speech act theory and performativity analysis, theories of power, theories of metaphors and concepts, theories of value and of justification. Throughout the course, these analytical approaches will be applied on examples or cases from contemporary society providing the students with approaches to apply cultural analytical tools on societal and economic issues.


Engaging the Present

Drawing on their analytical tools and case preparation, the students complete a case study in cooperation with an organisation for which economic issues are central. Apart from facilitating a relevant delimitation of a case, the course will allow students to identify methodological problems attached to completing the specific case they have chosen. This will also be the basis for understanding and addressing any research practical and ethical questions that arise in designing a specific case study. 


Structure bachelor

Student life


Teaching at CASE is a combination of traditional university lectures and supervised workshops in small groups. However, active participation is expected in every course. There will be reading groups with allocated time schedules, and you are expected to study full-time in between courses.


Much of your time is spent on preparation. All mandatory texts and teaching are in English. You are expected to be fluent in both spoken and written English. You will also spend much of your time discussing academic topics in your reading group, which will play a significant role in both your academic and your social life as a student.

Life on campus

CASE is closely tied to the Bachelor’s degree programme in History of Ideas, which is located at the Nobel Park – a recently built complex adjacent to the original university buildings. The Nobel Park houses a number of subjects in the humanities. Next door to the History of Ideas are a library and a reading room. You also have access to a computer room with wireless Internet access. The programme shares lecture theatres, a cafeteria and other facilities with many other programmes at the Nobel Park.

Social and academic activities

CASE provides you with an opportunity to be part of a social student environment in relation to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in Philosophy and History of Ideas. You can therefore add a social element to your academic studies. Visit for more information about the department of Philosophy and History of Ideas

The Association of the History of Ideas organises lectures on related topics. See for more information about current events.

The Philosophical Association is the lecture association for this subject, where experts from Denmark and abroad hold lectures on their own or other people’s contributions to philosophy.

The Filosofisk Studenter Kollokvium (Philosophical Student's Colloquium) is a student initiative that aims at creating an open, academic forum where you can try out philosophical ideas in front of interested fellow students.

The Friday bar is located in the same building as the History of Ideas Programme. This is an ideal place to meet with fellow students from your own and other programmes. In addition, most degree programmes have Friday bars, where all students are more than welcome.


You can also join in a large number of events organised by other programmes at the Faculty of Arts and by Aarhus University. These include lectures, dissertation defences, intro days, seminars and sports days.

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Job profile

With a supplementary subject in CASE, you are qualified with analytical and practical competencies relevant for contemporary and diagnostic cultural analysis in continued studies at the Faculty of Arts as well as for future work in universities and other traditional humanistic workplaces, in media, think tanks, and consultancies as well as public and private organisations.


Competence profile

The supplementary subject in CASE provides you with the following skills:

  • The ability to analyse contemporary economic and societal issues, developments, opportunities and problems and to communicate them to both experts and the public
  • Familiarity with classic cultural, sociological and historiographical strategies of analysing economic changes and developments in society
  • The ability to apply analytical concepts from culture-analytical approaches to specific economic and societal cases in contemporary society
  • The ability to identify the way in which economic and societal concepts and values affect specific contemporary political decisions, cultural expressions, public choices or institutional processes
  • The ability to perform individual cultural analysis and the ability to reflect critically on both analytical practice and society
  • Ability to engage with organisations on concrete analytical tasks and to communicate advanced cultural analysis to the public as well as public and private organisations.