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Your job interview has been going very well and then you’re asked this question: “How many grains of sand are there on the Plage du Prado?”  You don’t know the answer.  Nobody does.  Will you tell the interviewer that?  Tell them it’s a stupid question?  What if the question were not about getting the right answer but rather how you answer it? However, what exactly are they looking for and how will you convince them you have it?

This course is about interpreting difficult workplace situations and building strategies to deal with them so as to survive and turn them to your advantage.  Job interviews provide a starting point, in which we look at decoding employers’ expectations, building effective CV and CL strategies, getting body language right and giving the answers that will get you the job.  Each student will be given a full length interview in which the skills they have learned will be put to the test.  In order to understand the process more thoroughly, it is you who will set the criteria for success, conduct the interviews and evaluate the performance of the candidates.

In the second part we will move on to negotiating pay & conditions and, most notably, crisis management.  When things go seriously wrong you don’t want to be like a rabbit in the headlights.  We will start by analysing a crisis situation to establish the rules for dealing with one before doing exactly that.

 

The evaluation is essentially oral and principally based on your performance in your interview.  The content of this will be evaluated by students.  The written part consists of a short essay in which you look back on your choice of specialisation and evaluate this choice.


Contemporary music has from the 60s to our present time played an important role in society, be it social, cultural, political, economic or technical. They have evolved together and to a certain extent influenced one another. So what have been some of the major landmarks and moments that have changed music directly or indirectly?
With the use of articles, videos, debates, research and presentations we will analyse and study this evolution with a focus on America and British music.

Should making money be the only goal of companies today?

Through a selection of contemporary articles and videos, we will look at the ways some companies try (or pretend?) to take people and the planet into account. 

Continuous assessment on written and oral activities: role plays, debates, presentations to the group, essays to express one’s opinion. 

This course provides students with an overview of three key environmental issues -- water, biofuels, and recycling -- which serve as a basis for discussion and exchange.  Each of these themes will be explored through articles, videos, and online content. Secondary themes include: designing innovative business models, the role of business in solving social problems, and successful strategies for turning waste into profit. Continuous assessment based on oral and written expression, including spontaneous and prepared activities.