Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

2020 - 2021 Programme

Key learning outcomes

 At the end of the programme students will:

I. Be conversant with the discipline’s core teachings and methods.

• Students will gain a practical command of the fundamental concepts and models of economics and management. In particular, and proceeding in a step-by-step manner, students will acquire:

  • The skills needed to model economic phenomena.
  • A command of the foundational fields of management.

All economics and management CU in BAS 1 and 2.

  • The skills needed to analyse real economic and management phenomena.

The CU of Economics I, II, the CU of Public economics, the CU of Firm's management - simulation game

  • A sophisticated understanding of the ethical and political dimensions of economic analysis.

The CU of BAS 3 in economics, in their critical reflective dimension.

• Students will also acquire the basic methodological tools needed to undertake academic work in economics and management. In particular, students will learn how to:

  • Apply mathematical modelling to economic and societal problems.
  • Use mathematics and statistics tools to solve problems in economics and management.

All the CU in mathematics and statistics.

  • Use computer software and model simple problems using algorithms.

All the CU in computer sciences. 

  • Reason in the abstract using standard disciplinary language and to adopt a critical distance vis-à-vis this process.

All courses in quantitative methods.

II. Possess a grounding in fields that are complementary to economics and management.

• Students will acquire a practical command of core knowledge and skills in the human, legal, and social sciences that are essential for the analysis of economic and management questions. More specifically, students will acquire:

  • A grounding in the major fields of thought that underpin the human and social sciences.         

CU to be chosen from among in philosophy, history, sociology, political science, communication science etc. CU of Law.

  • The ability to see the connections between the different disciplinary insights, as well as understand and exploit their complementarities.

The CU introducing the interdisciplinary dimension: Ethics and the Economy, Economics history, Special Questions of Economic Law (QSDE).

III. Know how to use the scientific method

Students will learn to:

• Apply intellectual rigour in their academic work and to produce intellectually sound analysis
• Critically compare theoretical insights with real situations
• Exploit the knowledge resources available at university, notably by acquiring expertise in the use of the methods and tools of documentary research.

In practical terms students will learn to:

  • Exploit the models presented in lectures to resolve real-world problems.

LO of the practical exercise classes for CU in economics, management and econometrics.

  • Manipulate and present quantitative information to illustrate economic and societal phenomena.

LO of the practical exercise classes for statistics, LO of Economics II and Public economics. 

  • Maintain a critical distance towards theory and develop the ability to critically review and analyse scientific papers.

Economic history, ethics and the economy, advanced economics in BAS 3, CU of Economics: interdisciplinary approaches

IV. Have a command of oral and written communication

• Students will acquire written and oral communication skills in two languages in addition to French. In practical terms they will learn how to defend a scholarly argument or present a piece of research in accordance with academic ethics. The specific learning goals include developing students’:

  • Ability to complete a piece of university-level research work, notably through the manipulation of statistical information
  • Ability to write a report in accordance with the norms of academic writing
  • Ability to produce intellectually rigorous personal reasoning, and to defend it both in written and oral forms.

LO of the practical exercise classes for all economics and management course; the CU of Firm's management - simulation game

  • Oral and written (passive and active) communication skills in English and Dutch;
  • Ability to converse in both everyday and specialised language (in the fields of the human and social sciences) in either of these two languages;
  • ​Understanding of and ability to examine and reproduce a theoretical concept learnt in class in either of these two languages.

All CU in Dutch and English in BAS 1,2 and 3; Management courses in a foreign language in BAS 3.

  • Programmes involve a period of ‘immersion’ in a language other than the student’s mother tongue.

ERASMUS exchanges in BAS 3.

For students following multi-lingual programmes the learning outcomes are:

  • the ability to follow a course, study and take an oral or written examination in the target language (Dutch and/or English),
  • an understanding of the culture, unique features and ways of thinking associated with the target language (Dutch and/or English);
  • the ability to carry out research in the field of economics, and to produce a significant piece of university-level work in English or Dutch.

All CU in foreign languages in multilingual programmes