Co-operative Enterprise Law, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 17 days
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    990 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    990 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #56 (ARWU) ,
The Co-operative Enterprise Law course at the University of Helsinki is to create an understanding of the factors which shape co-operative law.

About

Synopsis

Cooperative enterprise law is only rarely part of teaching curricula, even if about one billion members around the world are involved in this special form of enterprise with an economic and social impact to match. The shortcoming is further highlighted by the repeated crisis resilience of cooperatives and the growing awareness that sustainable development issues must also be addressed by and through enterprises. Something is, however, being done about this, for the issue is tackled by international governmental and non-governmental texts; according to its Blueprint for the Cooperative Decade 2011–2020 cooperative law is also high on the agenda of the International Cooperative Alliance.

The term ‘cooperative law’ also incorporates other fields of law as they impact on the structure and operations of co-operatives, such as labour law, tax law, competition law and accounting and bookkeeping standards, as well as law making and implementation procedures.

As students come from different national backgrounds, reference to specific cooperative laws will only be made by way of an example.

The Co-operative Enterprise Law course at University of Helsinki is complemented by visits to and presentations by cooperative organisations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 17 days
  • Credits
    5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Learning objectives

At the end of the course the students will be able to distinguish the co-operative form of enterprise from other forms, especially from the stock company, in terms of its legal structure. This includes co-operative management and governance, the nature and structure of its capital and its control mechanisms.

The students will learn about developments that shape co-operative laws, not least as co-operatives take new forms under globalisation. These complex developments include a general trend to harmonise law; the emergence of international regulations which directly impact on enterprises; regional co-operative legislation and regional model laws.

Course format and teaching methods

Classroom teaching connected to course literature and blended learning elements (digital material) and visits to co-operative organisations.

Lecturers


English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Advanced Bachelor’s and Master’s students, including professionals already working, interested in co-operative law.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    990 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 990 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 17 days.
  • EU/EEA

    990 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 990 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 17 days.
  • tuition fee: 990-1490 EUR

Living costs for Helsinki

910 - 1,400 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding


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