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Study Abroad in Budapest: Courses

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Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Courses are subject to changes at the discretion of Corvinus University. For a current list of available courses contact the AIFS Admissions Officer.


ART 300 (3) spring only
Budapest in the 20th Century: Historical Layers and Cultural Practices
The aim of the course is to present how the recent history of Hungary is reflected in literature, film and visual arts. It offers an overview of the 20th century history of Hungary, as well as looking for traces of history in the urban spaces of Budapest by visiting important locations and intriguing institutions and discussing contemporary issues and critical societal visions.

ART 302 (3)
Fields and Scenes: Arts, Culture and Design
Provides an overview of how cultural fields are shaped and constructed from the perspective of the classics of scholarship on cultural production and art, taking stock of the current trends and interpretations of how cultural organizations, the art markets, and culture beyond markets work.

ART 305 (3)
Budapest Explorations of the Urban Space
The goal of our course is to find out about these layers and aspects, and to gain firsthand experience through organized city walks. By going on tours and strolls in Budapest students will learn about the history, culture, music, architectural heritage, the multi-ethnic and ideological complexity of this city, as they are articulated, shaped and preserved in the contemporary urban space.

HIS 352 (3)
Film and History
Designed as a general survey of the history of Central Europe in the 20th century as well as trends and events in Hungary. Special attention will be paid to visual representation and to understanding historical events, trends and personalities through film analysis.

HIS 368 (3) fall only
Communism in East-Central Europe
Designed to examine the rise and fall of Soviet domination in the countries of East-Central Europe after 1945. The primary focus will be on Hungary and we will investigate the Sovietization of the country, the Stalinist political and social system, the phase of state socialism, everyday life during communism and the period of the transition to democracy.

HIS 445 (3)
History of Modern Europe
Aims to provide an overview of the history of 20th century Europe. A focus will be on Central Europe, in particular Hungary, and on the way major West European states and the superpowers influenced and shaped political and economic developments in Central and East-Central Europe, transition from communism and integration with Europe. 

LNG 105 (3)
Hungarian for Beginners
Offered for students who want to acquire a basic command of the Hungarian language which would help them to obtain simple information and to express their requests and/or messages in a simple form. The course is also recommended for students who only need so-called “survival Hungarian”.

Business, Marketing, Management and Operations

ACC 191 (3) fall only
Elements of Accounting
Includes foundations, techniques and basic items on the financial statements such as: inventories, property, plant and equipment, receivables – payables, corrections, revenue recognition, etc. Although the course is not designed to explain a specific set of accounting regulations, the specific Hungarian rules will be discussed in brief.

ACC 314 (3)
Managerial Accounting
Designed to develop knowledge and understanding of principles and concepts relating to managerial accounting and explain how to use available techniques such as costing methods and preparing of reports for managers.

BUS 276 (3) fall only
Business Economics

Students will receive an introduction to marketing in the areas of marketing research, product development and pricing, distribution, and promotion, and learn the fundamentals of management including leadership styles and skills, planning, organizing, controlling, directing, evaluating, and motivating. Human resources management and the effect of current technology on management will also be presented.

BUS 400 (3) spring only
Family Business
Introduces students to the field of family business studies with topics such as governing family businesses, assessing strengths and weaknesses, strategic management of family businesses, and the impact of family relations and dynamics on business and ownership systems.

BUS 401 (3)
Business Enterprise-Start-up to SME
Covers the characteristics students would need to develop to be successful in business and how new or existing businesses generate their product or service ideas and test them through market research. 

BUS 436 (3) spring only
SME Marketing
Students in this course will study and understand marketing theory and practice and learn how to apply their marketing knowledge and skills to real life problem solving situations by creating marketing action plans for SME organizations.

BUS 439 (3) spring only
Business Policy and Strategy
Teaches strategic management process as an objective, logical, systematic approach for making major decisions in an organization. The students will be exposed to subjects such as choosing intuitive and analytic approaches to decision-making and managers’ strategic-management analyses at all levels of an institution.

BUS 453 (3)
International Business Case Studies
Addresses issues in the strategy, organization, marketing, and management of companies operating in the global market. In addition the course will integrate the sciences of geography and history along with individual country flags and on-going current events.

BUS 489 (3) fall only
Electronic Commerce
The basics of electronic commerce (EC) are described by focusing on various business relationships, and on related marketing, managerial and strategic issues. The most important EC applications, such as buying and selling goods, services and information and the most challenging approaches to doing business electronically are discussed.

BUS 498 (3)
Business Ethics
Familiarizes students with basic philosophical concepts and principles of ethics; will understand and analyze the ethical dimensions of everyday business practices and help students become more aware of their own moral beliefs as well as the beliefs of others.

BUS 499 (3)
Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship
Provides a creative environment for testing ideas on the controversies and complexity of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Social Entrepreneurship. Students learn about the diverse background of CSR (corporate philanthropy, business ethics, strategic management, etc.), the various existing – and often competing – approaches to this management concept by looking at best and worst business examples.

IEC 483 (3)
Tourism Management and Marketing
An analysis of the policy and stakeholder frameworks for tourism that governs its management on an international, regional and local scale, as well as the business and industry decisions that affect its development. The course will include an overview of the tools and techniques that are used to manage and market tourism, the relationship between tourists and local residents, and the role of tourist behavior and education.

MAN 479 (3)
Environmental Management
For students who, while not specialists in environmental issues, would like to receive insight into causes of environmental problems and the possible corrective actions that can be taken at company level.

MAN 481 (3)
Organizational Behavior
Provides students with theories and concepts to enable understanding of the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations in today’s global business environment. The interactions between elements of the organization as well as personality, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, individual performance to achieve organizational effectiveness will be explored.

MAN 485 (3)
Human Resource Management
Students will be provided with the technical background needed to be a knowledgeable consumer of human resource products and services, to manage HR effectively, or to be a successful HR professional. Above all, the course will emphasize how managers can more effectively acquire, develop, compensate, and manage the internal and external environment that relates to the management of human resources.

MAN 488 (3) fall only
Introduction to International Business
Students will gain an understanding of the theories, foundations and institutions governing the recent and current expansion of international trade and investments and develop insights into the ever-changing business environment.

MAR 370 (3)
Designed to provide students with an understanding of the main principals of marketing in the 21st century. The focus will be on analyzing and integrating elements of the marketing program and developing marketing decisions, the main objective being the development of profitable long-term customer relationships.

MAR 432 (3)
International Marketing
Addresses global issues and describes concepts relevant to all international marketers with an environmental/cultural approach and is designed to provide students with an understanding of different cultures and the role of cultural differences in international marketing practices. Throughout the course, a variety of country markets in various regions of the world will be discussed and a variety of different types of products and services will be addressed.

MAR 475 (3)
Cross-Cultural Communication and Marketing
Focuses on discussing cultures, different theories of culture, country images, stereotypes and on analyzing specific countries from different points of view. In the second part of the course, the students will practice how to use this knowledge in evaluating companies’ international marketing activities and formulating intercultural marketing strategies.

MAR 523 (3)
Services Marketing
Highlights the special features of services and gives an overview of the marketing management problems that service firms have to face. The course is designed for advanced business students and requires basic marketing knowledge.

MAR 526 (3)
Consumer Behavior: Millennials and Generation Z
Provides a deep dive into the consumer behavior of both millennials and Gen Z and explores how effectively brands utilize messaging and emerging technologies to grab the attention of those who have short attention spans.

OPR 212 (3)
Decision Techniques
Provides a multidisciplinary approach to the various organizational contexts where managers work. Problem structuring, modeling, decision-making and its techniques will be considered, with specific emphasis on their practical aspects. This course is intended for students in the various management disciplines.

OPR 312 (3) spring only
Sustainable Procurement and Logistics
Recommended to those who are interested in sustainability issues, green business solutions, supply chain management, innovation, procurement and logistics. The objective of the course is to give theoretical and practical knowledge on the topic of sustainable supply chains.

OPR 313 (3) spring only
Operations Management
Focuses on recognizing the tools that are appropriate for each situation and on mastering the use of the tools for analytical purposes. On completion of the course, the student should be able to identify, isolate, and critically analyze individual and holistic systems within a business system or entity. 


COM 453 (3) fall only
Effective E-Business Management
Provides an introduction to the theory and practice of e-business and its applications. Upon completion, the students will be able to define main ideas behind e-commerce; consider the role of stakeholders in the e-commerce process; apply principles and key methods used in defining customer requirements and understand the structure and use of essential online marketing strategies. 

COM 485 (3) fall only
Web Development
Gives a comprehensive view of client-side web development including the optimization of webpages for the different browsers, resolutions and search engines. The students will learn HTML coding, webpage layouts and techniques of using CSS and the main web developer tools, such as Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, First Page 2006 and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

COM 535 (3)  
Business Intelligence
Provides a comprehensive overview of the field of business intelligence. Topics such as data warehousing, business analytics, business performance management systems, data, text and web mining will be covered. (in fall COM 534 Intelligent Systems).

Economics and Finance

ECO 131 (3) fall only
Introduces students to the most basic ideas and analytical tools of economics as a science. It provides the “building blocks” necessary for analyzing more complex problems that characterize the modern market economy. It will also discuss basic forms of cooperation and conflict (competitive markets, oligopolies, externalities, public goods and firms). 

ECO 136 (3) spring only
Provides an overview of basic models of macroeconomics and central issues; the determination of output, unemployment, inflation and growth. Monetary and fiscal policies are also discussed by illustrating principles using real-life examples.

ECO 238 (3) fall only
International Economics
Provides a comprehensive introduction to the conceptual, theoretical and methodological fundamentals of international economics. The subjects covered are those of international trade and finance, foreign direct investment, cross border lending, factor markets, decisions on new products based on global markets. Prerequisites: ECO 131 and ECO 136 or equivalents.

ECO 305  (3)
Globalization (Economic Theory)
Aims to explore the complexity of political economic and social interactions in the global environment, as well as the rapid changes in different settings and practices caused by global, technological and cultural changes which make it difficult to perceive ethical issues in the era of cultural globalization.

ECO 395 (3)
Economics and the European Union
Aims to enable students in understanding the developments in the European Union by exploring the origins and structure of the EU, the key areas of its economy and the main aspects of EU economic policy.

ECO 411 (3)
Economics and Ethics of Globalization
Examines the norms or principles that establish and justify societies and determine the rights and responsibilities of a society in a globalized world. The course will also consider the application of these principles to such issues as justice, ethics, political, and social institutions in a world community.

ECO 415 (3)
Transition and Post Transition Challenges in Hungary
Aims at analyzing the particular Hungarian regime change events and the transition process, as a leading reformer in the early 1990s, and as a candidate to join the European integration and struggles with economic slowdown, persistent inflation, problems in public finance, and “adjustment fatigue”.

FIN 156 (3) spring only
Basic Finance
Introduces students to basic financial mathematics through an in-depth discussion on the time value of money and calculations on annuities, perpetuities and uneven cash-flows. The course will extend this newly acquired knowledge of financial mathematics to the valuation of stocks and bonds, including the variants of these instruments and markets, as well as the determinants of their values. It will also explore the relationship between risk and return and portfolio diversification.

FIN 351 (3)
Corporate Finance
Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques of corporate finance and applying them to the main decisions faced by the financial manager. The course will begin with the concept of valuation and continue to discuss share and bond valuations and in-depth discussion and critical analysis of the various techniques used in investment appraisal decisions. Prerequisite: FIN 156 (Basic Finance).

FIN 451 (3) spring only
Corporate Finance (II)
Introduces students to Capital Structure and the proportions of debt and equity financing which companies should adopt. The aim will be to teach students how to plan and manage working capital and short-term financing and the basis of share repurchase and dividend policies.


LAW 462 (3) spring only
Introduction to Legal Studies
Deals with the legal system as the set of principles and standards of conduct, as well as the law as a ruling system governing society and having general application for it. Main topics of the course are the basic problems of legal reasoning, process of law making, legal sources and systems and different types of law such as Contract Law and Labor Law.

LAW 465 (3) fall only
International Business Law
Teaches international legal framework with an introduction to international business, international law and world’s legal systems. It deals with methods of resolving commercial disputes; influence and function of international organizations such as the WTO and protection of licensing agreements, intellectual property rights and foreign direct investment.

Politics and International Relations

POL 300 (3) spring only
Regional Studies
Aims to portray non-European regions such as Latin America, South Asia, Sub- Saharan Africa and others  from a complex perspective using the interdisciplinary tools of International Relations. The course will analyze the main regions of the world from a political and economic perspective and will focus on foreign policy issues using a comprehensive approach and focusing on post-1989 developments of world regions.

POL 301 (3)
International Debate (Model UN)
The class will act as committees of the United Nations, with the main aim of discussing, researching, and voting upon strict matters of UN policy and activities. Students will represent various countries during debates, and will be tasked with upholding “their” nation’s interest during meetings.

POL 377 (3)
International Relations from 1945 to Present
Gives a broad overview of international relations since 1945. It traces the major political, economic, and ideological patterns that evolved in the global arena from the end of World War II to the present day. The course will consist of five parts: the West and the Cold War; the Soviet orbit; the end of colonialism and Third World nationalisms; global power: from a bipolar to a multipolar order; and the global South and emerging powers.

POL 386 (3)
European Union Politics
Provides an overview of the European integration process since 1945. The focus will be on Western European integration in the form of the European Communities (1945-90) and the inclusion of Central and Eastern Europe in an ever-closer union.


PSY 311 (3)
Personality Types and Team Dynamics
Offers knowledge and practical experience related to processes and issues that teams face: team development, social dilemma, communication, conflict, power, decision-making, leadership, problem solving, creativity, diversity, virtual teamwork, culture, reward systems, and training. Students synthesize course content in a final service-learning group project in the community.


SOC 3 NCK  (3) spring only
Social and Demographic Problems
Acquaints students with some widespread social problems in Hungary. After obtaining theoretical and statistical knowledge of different problems, students will visit some institutions where different social problems are treated or managed.

SOC 457 (3)
Global Social Change and Global Inequalities
Analyzes main forms and theories of global social change in the context of the development of global capitalism and global inequalities. It reflects on key theories and general interpretations of these changes from the perspective of current globalization.

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