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Courses Master

Sustainable Business - Strategy, Governance and Finance

Structure: Lecture + Colloquium

Rotation: summer semester (first time in summer semester 2021)

Credits: 6 CP

Module code:

Language: German

Type of examination: Term Paper (German or English)




The aim of the lecture is to understand and critically analyze sustainability strategies of companies in their structure and effects. In addition to environmental and social aspects, governance issues are examined in detail and their effects on the company value are considered. In addition to current regulatory developments (EU Action Plan "Financing Sustainable Growth", EU Green Deal), international and cultural differences in the consideration of sustainability are also taken into account.

The lecture is complemented by a colloquium in which practical examples are discussed. These include the sustainability reports of companies or the securities prospectuses of selected sustainable financial products such as green bonds etc.

There is no special application procedure and no capacity limit for this event. Please simply register for the event in StudIP.

Applied Corporate Finance

Structure: Lecture with integrated exercise

Schedule: winter semester

Credits: 6 CP

Module code: 02-BWL:MSc-B6-1

Language: English

Type of examination: Term Paper

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The aim of the lecture is to familiarize students with the application of financial analysis methods. The focus is on the essential decisions of the CFO of a company such as investment and financing decisions or dividend payout decisions. By means of different case studies and current company events, students should be enabled to grasp relevant decision situations and analyse possible solutions in order to understand the financing strategy of a company. The lecture concludes with a company evaluation and an analysis of possible optimization potentials. In the context of an integrated exercise all lecture elements will be discussed at selected companies. Both capital market-listed and private companies from different countries and industries are considered.

The lecture is complemented by the colloquium Data Processing in Finance & Accounting. This offers an application-oriented introduction to working with the databases available at the department. In addition to the direct reference to the lecture Applied Corporate Finance, it also provides a preparation for empirical work in a master thesis



Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG Investing

Structure: Colloquium

Rotation: winter and summer semester

Credits: 6 CP

Module code: 02-BWL:MSc-Extra

Language: German

Type of examination: presentation and term paper



The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the various aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility / Environmental Social Governance. This includes, among other things, the consideration of ESG Reporting & Disclosure measures in the company and their implications for corporate policy as well as the further use of ESG ratings. Furthermore, the connection of ESG measures in the company with corporate performance and corporate risk is presented using scientific methods. In addition to the company level, the course also explains the portfolio level in order to develop and analyze investment strategies with regard to ESG. Based on the fundamentals taught, students should be able to understand research methods and apply them in an independent empirical project. Independent empirical findings should be integrated into the current scientific literature.

At the beginning of the semester, the module will teach the basics of Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG Investing. Within the framework of a project, students should work out and present a partial aspect independently in groups of 2. The results will be elaborated in a term paper.

The course is limited to 20 participants. An application with proof of performance is required.