Cooperative Law for Sustainable Development, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 16 days
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #56 (ARWU) ,
The Cooperative Law for Sustainable Development course at the University of Helsinki is to create an understanding of the factors which shape cooperative law and of its relevance for sustainable development. 

About

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 Cooperative Law for Sustainable Development course at University of Helsinki is complemented by visits to and presentations by cooperative organisations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 16 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.

Audience

Advanced law students or students from other disciplines with a strong interest in cooperative law.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 years of university-level studies is required for all courses.
  • A motivation letter must be added to your application.
  • All courses are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 16 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 16 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Tuition varies between 900 and 1490 EUR. Please visit the programme website for more information.

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 910 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

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