Are you looking for a flexible course that lets you tailor your studies to your emerging business interests? Would you like to explore the roles, structures of business and how they influence societies? Do you want to develop transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of roles or further study? Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester? The Business Studies and Sociology pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - is a flexible and innovative course that brings together research-led teaching from Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Politics and Sociology and offers in-depth insight into the business world. Business doesn't work in isolation and at Manchester neither does the study of it. Only by understanding the environment in which businesses function can you understand commercial behaviour. For example: Sociology gives you a framework to understand how employees and consumers are organised and how they behave. It also explores the demographic changes that will affect how firms must adapt to a changing population. Politics explores the effects of government policy, regulation and public spending and how these would impact on businesses and the wider economy. Economics encourages you to study the nuances of labour and finance markets and the microeconomic and macroeconomic factors that affect all of us. Each of your course units has been developed from the research of specialists in their fields from both the School of Social Sciences (Economics, Politics and Sociology) and the Alliance Manchester Business School (Accounting, Finance, Business Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management). Business Studies (N100), Business Studies and Economics (NL11), Business Studies and Politics (NL12), Business Studies and Sociology (NL13) all share a common first year. In some cases it's possible to swap to a different pathway after the first year. Please only apply for one of these courses to start with.