Subjects

A complete education in management and law

In the Bachelor of Business Administration + Bachelor in Law Double Degree, you will take subjects from each of these official programmes in an integrated and combined way. During the first two years, this combination will be equitable: in the first year, you will establish your basic general knowledge of law and business administration, while in the second year, you will delve deeper into subjects from both programmes. The third and fourth years will each be weighted towards one of the programmes: the third year will see an intensification of your legal education (there will be more subjects from the Bachelor in Law than from the Bachelor of Business Administration) and the fourth year will see an intensification of your business education (vice versa).

First year

Sociology


Companies operate in markets, and markets, in turn, are a part of increasingly interrelated societies. This subject aims to foster an awareness of the role that executives should play as citizens and their ability to contribute and transform society on the basis of socially responsible values.

 

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Constitutional Law I


This subject covers the fundamentals that will allow you to understand Spain’s constitutional system and the nature of the Spanish state. You will learn about the state created by the Spanish Constitution of 1978 and gain an understanding of the basic principles that define it, the constitutional institutions and organisations, their functions, and their relationships to one another.

 

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Microeconomics


In this subject, you will acquire the knowledge and tools you need to analyse reality from an economic perspective. You will learn how to critically interpret the operation of markets and the economy while taking into account issues related to social responsibility.

 

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Fundamentals of Financial Accounting


This subject provides an introduction to the economic and financial reality of companies. By studying accounting events and simple situations, you will learn how accounting works and gain an understanding of basic concepts pertaining to the preparation of a company’s financial statements.

 

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Introduction to Private Law


This subject provides an introduction to the origin of the main institutions and difficulties of private law. You will acquire a complete vision of the private legal system and learn the basics of the main problems that will be covered in greater detail in other subjects of the programme.

 

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Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Theory of Crime I


What is the place and function of criminal law within public law? In this subject, you will learn the basics of criminal law, its functions, and the scope of its application. You will also study the relationships between criminal law and other branches of the legal system.

 

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Theory of Law


This subject is basic and methodological: you will analyse legal phenomena in a non-dogmatic way and acquire valid tools for analysing any specific legal system. You will acquire the conceptual instruments that you will need to continue your studies in the Bachelor in Law.

 

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Legal and Social Fundamentals of European Political Culture


In this subject, you will learn the terminology and the conceptual foundations for the study of various branches of law. You will also acquire theoretical and historical knowledge of law that will give you the right perspective to analyse various legal solutions to common problems.

 

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Constitutional Law II


In this subject, you will develop the skills you need to participate in proceedings of the Constitutional Court of Spain and in the actions of public authorities in the application of the Spanish Constitution.

 

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Organisational Theory


This subject, taught in English, will enable you to think in systemic terms by relating the environment surrounding a company to its structure and the people who make it up. You will gain an understanding of how people and the labour market interact with companies and how organisations are structured.

 

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Advanced Financial Accounting


This subject expands on the knowledge acquired in Accounting and Financial Analysis I. We will deal with situations of greater complexity, placing particular emphasis on product assessment and cost calculation. On completion of the subject, you will be able to understand any situation that modifies a company’s financial statements and know how to reflect the change in those statements.

 

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Civil Law and the Law Concerning the Person (General Part)


In this subject, you will lay the groundwork for acquiring a solid education in private law and gain awareness of the importance of law as a system for regulating social relationships. You will study various fundamental concepts of law that link up with our entire legal system.

 

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Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Theory of Crime II


In this subject, we will focus on the application of the fundamentals of criminal law and take an in-depth look at the various elements of the theory of crime: unlawfulness, typicality, causes of justification, elements of guilt, responsibility and participation, etc.

 

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Macroeconomics


This subject will expand on the knowledge acquired in Microeconomics. You will learn how to critically assess microeconomic approaches, decisions and policies. Among other topics, we will cover macroeconomic variables, fiscal policy, the financial industry, recessions and crises.

 

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Second year

Analysis of Financial Statements


A familiarity with accounting instruments and the ability to analyse them will be fundamental in your work with companies. On completion of this subject, you will be able to organise, read and interpret a balance sheet and profit and loss account, analyse a company’s assets and economic-financial position, define the ideal financial strategy, etc.

 

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Descriptive Statistics and Probability


In this subject, you will acquire theoretical and practical fundamentals that will enable you to approach decision-making correctly in the face of uncertainty. You will learn to use statistical reasoning, probability calculation and modelling to guide you in your decision-making.

 

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Constitutional Law III


This subject, which builds on Constitutional Law I and II, will provide the knowledge you need to participate in proceedings and actions that require the direct application of the Spanish Constitution, as well as proceedings related to constitutional rights.

 

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Business Economics


The topics covered in this subject include market power, imperfect competition, pricing policies, market segmentation and competitive strategies. You will also learn about exchange rates and short- and long-run theories.

 

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International Society


This subject provides an introduction to the main characteristics of the laws that govern the relationships between the main stakeholders in international society (public international law). We will cover topics such as the use of force, the law of the sea, aviation law, environmental law, etc.

 

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Types of Crimes I


In this subject, you will gain an understanding of the relationship between criminal laws and the laws that make up the rest of the legal system. You will learn to relate the knowledge acquired in the general part with the special part of criminal law. On completion of this subject, you will be able to interpret any criminal statute and any judicial decision.

 

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Theory of Contracts


In this subject, you will study one of the oldest and most essential vehicles of law, the one that regulates and organises the exchange of goods and services: contracts and obligations. This is an essential starting point for the consolidation of other areas of civil law and for tackling other legal disciplines (commercial law, financial law, etc.).

 

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Fundamentals of Administrative Law


This subject, which builds on Constitutional Law I and II, will provide the knowledge you need to participate in proceedings and actions that require the direct application of the Spanish Constitution, as well as proceedings related to constitutional rights.

 

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Commercial Law I


In this subject, we will define the position occupied by commercial law within the legal system (concept and sources), the legal status of companies and their owners (business owners), the general market regime in which commercial transactions take place (competition, unfair competition and advertising, brands, patents, copyright, etc.).

 

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Leadership and Organisational Behaviour


Building on the systemic vision acquired in Organisational Theory, this subject will help you gain an understanding of the place and effect of people and psychosocial processes in an organisation. We will also work with explanatory models that will enhance your understanding of the behaviour of people and work groups.

 

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Tax Law I


In this subject, you will gain an understanding of, and learn to apply, the basic general principles of financial and tax law. We will lay the economic, doctrinal and legal groundwork that will enable you to later acquire deeper knowledge of the main taxes and procedures in the Spanish taxation system.

 

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Private Contracting


This subject is divided into three thematic blocks: General Contract Theory (requirements, interpretation, efficacy, invalidity, etc.) General Theory of Obligations (compliance, noncompliance, protection, termination, etc.) and Special Contracts (purchase agreements, donations, leases, etc.).

 

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Types of Crimes II


In this subject, you will acquire the necessary training to take action with regard to crimes against fundamental legal goods (life, abortion, genetic manipulation, injury, crimes against freedom, etc.); crimes against collective interests (workers, citizens, territory, historical heritage, public health, etc.); and crimes against the public administration, the constitution and the public order.

 

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Financial Economics

Sociology II


In this subject, you will learn to analyse the fundamental elements of the technological, economic, social, political and cultural climate of organisations. You will gain an understanding of the impact that they have on the environment and acquire a global/local vision of reality. An awareness of these factors will enable you to generate a professional and civic commitment to society.

 

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Third year

Introduction to Procedural Law


In this subject, you will learn the basics of the existing channels for the resolution of conflicts between individuals. You will gain an understanding of lawsuits as the final solution when all channels of mediation and negotiation have been exhausted. On completion of this subject, you will be familiar with all of the available instruments, tools and actions and will know how to draft allegations. You will also learn the basics of public speaking.

 

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Procedural Law II


This subject will cover the main characteristics of the various declaratory proceedings, drawing a distinction between general and special proceedings. On completion of this subject, you will be capable of choosing the most appropriate procedure for a given conflict, be familiar with the guidelines for arbitration, understand the enforcement function in the context of civil proceedings, and more.

 

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Commercial Law II


On completion of this subject, you will know how companies work, understand the differences between the various types of company (corporations, private limited companies, etc.) and be capable of choosing the most appropriate alternative available under the law for a given situation.

 

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Activities of Public Administrations


In this subject, you will gain a deeper understanding of administrative law, with a focus on public administration. We will study the activities of public administrations and their main constituent entities, which are endowed with certain powers that give them a position of superiority with regard to citizens, so that they can effectively serve the general interest.

 

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Tax Law II


This subject covers the reality of taxation in the business world. You will gain a deeper understanding of tax-related concepts and learn why it is important for a company to follow a suitable fiscal policy. You will also gain an understanding of the mechanism of the business tax.

 

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Marketing Foundations


In this subject, you will learn about fundamental concepts of marketing and acquire a solid foundation that will enable you to make good decisions as a marketing director. You will acquire this knowledge by applying the learning-by-doing methodology: you will experience first-hand the design of a marketing planning process.

 

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Statistical Inference and Data Analysis


In this subject, we will cover some of the theoretical and practical fundamentals that constitute the basis for making predictions and estimations and for testing hypotheses. You will learn how to transform information into knowledge, which will help you make decisions in the face of uncertainty.

 

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Real-Estate Legal Relationships and Property Law


In this subject, you will study the legal regimen for property, including property rights, mechanisms of acquisition and transfer, modification and extinction of said rights, possession as a legally relevant phenomenon, and the Property Registry.

 

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Procedural Law III


How does the civil procedure of enforcement work? In this subject, you will learn about the necessary preconditions to initiate an enforcement procedure and the various forms of enforcement activities (forced enforcement, provisional enforcement, etc.), with emphasis on monetary enforcement. You will also learn about the use of online judicial auctions and injunctions, among other topics.

 

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Commercial Law III


In this subject, you will learn about the laws regulating limited liability companies. You will gain an understanding of the operations used to modify the structure of these companies and how they are applied in practice. You will learn to distinguish between the problems of publicly traded companies and those of privately held companies. You will also learn about scenarios of business insolvency, the legal treatment of bankruptcy and the corresponding proceedings.

 

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Public Intervention in the Economy


What are the main interventions carried out by public administrations? In this subject, you will learn about the various types of activities that public administrations carry out in the service of the general public: planning and control, penalties, provision of benefits and public services, development, expropriations, etc.

 

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Tax Law III


In this subject, you will gain a deeper understanding of tax concepts that will enable you to understand and judge tax policies that apply to individuals. Among other activities, you will prepare a personal income tax return using the official programme available on the website of the Spanish tax authority.

 

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Corporate Finance


In this subject, you will learn about long-term financial planning and generating value for shareholders. You will learn to analyse the cost of capital, determine the value of companies, and select the investments and resources that do the most to create value.

 

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Limited Property Rights


In this subject, you will study all aspects of the field traditionally known as the “law of things” – the legal regime that applies to property in the static sense. The subject is divided into two thematic blocks: Real Rights and Property Registration Law.

 

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Information Systems


Information systems facilitate innovation and flexibility in organisations. In this subject, you will learn to: 1) analyse an organisational environment from the perspective of information flows, and 2) use those flows to contribute to innovation processes within the company.

 

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Legal English


In this subject, you will achieve a level of English proficiency equivalent to C1 in the Common European Framework or the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).

Fourth year

Competitive Stratey


This subject is divided into two parts: 1) an intensive theoretical part, which will provide an overview of a company and key concepts in strategic decision-making, and 2) a practical part, which consists of a simulation in which you will apply tools and concepts covered in class.

 

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Economic Environment Analysis


In this subject, you will study applied economics, which projects the fundamentals of economic analysis onto the economic situation from a geographical and sector-oriented perspective.

 

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Labour Law I


This subject will provide an introduction to collective labour law from an international and European Union-oriented perspective as well as a national perspective. We will cover topics such as worker representation, the right to strike, negotiation, trade union elections, collective agreements, etc.

 

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Corporate Strategy


In this subject, you will analyse opportunities and threats in the creation of value through corporate finance. We will pay special attention to the dynamics between companies, business environments and financial markets that influence the chances of success.

 

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Administrative Law III / Public Intervention in the Economy


What are the main interventions carried out by public administrations? In this subject, you will learn about the various types of activities that public administrations carry out in the service of the general public: planning and control, penalties, provision of benefits and public services, development, expropriations, etc.

 

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Marketing Management II


In this subject, which builds on Marketing Management I, you will learn to make marketing decisions that strike the right balance between risk and profitability. You will also learn to choose the most appropriate strategy in any given moment, in accordance with your objectives and premises.

 

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Competing from operations


Building on the content of Operations Management I, in this subject we will delve deeper into topics such as competing through innovation; developing new products, processes and services; operational planning; and quality and environmental management.

 

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Tax Law IV


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Inheritance Law


In this subject, you will study various concepts pertaining to the legal consequences of the death of a natural person: inheritance law, distribution of estates, testate succession, donation, etc.

 

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Family Law


In this subject, we will explore various issues of family law, including marriage and its effects, marital property regimes, non-marital families, parental and quasi-family relationships (custody, kinship, guardianship, etc.).

 

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Business Law and the Market IV: Commercial Contracts and Securities IV


This subject will provide you with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to address any moderately complex situation having to do with securities, commercial contracting within the framework of collaboration contracts with business owners, basic banking contracts, and insurance and transport contracts.

 

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Labour Law II


In this subject, you will study procedural labour law – in other words, the approach, functioning and resolution of cases of conflict in labour law. You will learn about the mechanisms used to ask a judge to provide protection in cases of labour-law violations.

 

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Strategy II


In this subject, you will discuss general-management decisions with real-life general managers, learn about new strategic management tools and intensify your knowledge of the reality of business (both in Spain and internationally).

 

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People Management


In this subject, you will gain a solid understanding of the criteria and processes involved in managing people in various organisational environments. We will cover tools and instruments for managing talent from a human standpoint that emphasises bonds and teamwork, while also taking social and corporate responsibility into account.

 

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Corporate Finance II


In this subject, you will analyse opportunities and threats in the creation of value through corporate finance. We will pay special attention to the dynamics between companies, business environments and financial markets that influence the chances of success.

 

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Marketing Trends


In this subject, which builds on Marketing Management I and II, you will learn to analyse the complexity of markets, understand a company’s capacities and resources, develop marketing strategies in changing environments, and make decisions in today’s reality.

 

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Business Organisation, Systems and Quantitative Analysis


In this subject, you will assimilate and put into practice the knowledge you have acquired in Accounting, Commercial Law, Tax Law and Corporate Finance. You will gain an understanding of the forms of investment and financing used in business, from the startup phase to advances stages of growth (venture capital, investment capital, structured finance, etc.). This practical subject will immerse you in the usual practices found in the labour market.

 

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Business English


In this subject, you will acquire the skills you need to study and participate effectively in classes at foreign universities and prepare for your semester abroad during the fifth year. In class, we will focus on areas related to management and business English.

 

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Procedural Law III


How does the civil procedure of enforcement work? In this subject, you will learn about the necessary preconditions to initiate an enforcement procedure and the various forms of enforcement activities (forced enforcement, provisional enforcement, etc.), with emphasis on monetary enforcement. You will also learn about the use of online judicial auctions and injunctions, among other topics.

 

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Fifth year

Study abroad


You will enjoy the opportunity to study abroad for a semester at one of the 100 business and law schools worldwide with which ESADE has exchange agreements. For the purposes of this semester abroad, you will need to decide whether to focus on business or law.

 

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Information Systems Management


In this subject, you will learn to design an information-systems strategy that is aligned with the company’s organisational strategy. You will acquire the ability to identify and apply relevant aspects of information-technology governance, with special emphasis on the transversal nature of these technologies.

 

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Operations Management III


Building on previous subjects, this subject will prepare you to deal with the most important issues faced by operations managers. We will cover topics such as designing supply chain programmes in collaboration with marketing, benchmarking, process-based management, etc.

 

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Private International Law


This subject will cover marriages between people of different nationalities, international adoptions, international commercial contracts, court decisions reached in one country that have effects in another country, etc. You will learn to identify, distinguish and describe the various areas of legal reality affected by private international law.

 

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Law/BBA Final Project


As a fourth-year student, you will work on an individual project due at the end of the year. The project will allow you to put the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme into practice. Depending on your area of focus, your project can involve either of the following:

 

A. Business administration: You may choose to develop a business plan, carry out an in-company business project related to your internship, or complete a thesis.

 

B. Law: You may do a public law clinicum or a private law clinicum.

 

1. Business Plan

2. In-Company Business Project

3. Tesina

4. Clinicum Derecho Público

5. Clinicum Derecho Privado

Sixth year

Practicum


In the sixth year, you will complete a compulsory semester-long professional internship. During this internship, you will hold a real job at a top-tier company or law firm in Spain or abroad. You will have the chance to apply everything you have learned during the programme and acquire skills and competencies that can only be developed on the job.

 

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