Your grade will be made up of:
· Attendance and participation in class discussions: 50%
· Final exam: 50%
1. Attendance and Participation in Class Discussions
The course is built around a series of negotiation exercises. When negotiating, you should try your hardest to get the best possible outcome for yourself or your group. You are not graded on the outcomes of your negotiations, but rather on the quality of your preparation prior to the negotiation and your participation in post-negotiation discussions. The reason you are not graded on your outcomes is to encourage you to experiment with different strategies and techniques.
Your participation in class discussion will be evaluated on the quality of your contributions and insights. After each negotiation exercise, a debriefing session will include sharing information about results, sharing information about strategies attempted, and sharing reactions to the process. Quality comments possess one or more of the following properties:
· Offer a different, unique, but relevant, perspective based on analysis and theory.
· Contribute to moving the discussion and analysis forward.
· Build upon the comments of your classmates.
· Link relevant concepts to current events or past class discussions.
2. Final exam
At the end of the course, there will be a short written exam on the basic concepts learned during the course. The final exam will cover the concepts discussed in class. The exam will ask you to apply the course concepts, which means you need to know, not only the definitions of various concepts, but the pros and cons of using various concepts strategically.
The course is built around a series of negotiation exercises, which will be conducted in English. We will be negotiating every day. While the class officially meets at scheduled course times, you will be asked to prepare outside class for certain negotiation exercises.
You will receive instructions for the first negotiation on the first day of class some days in advance. Some of the negotiation exercises for the second day will be handed out at the end of class on the first day. You are required to read these instructions outside class and in advance of the second day, so make sure to schedule some time (app. two hours) for the required reading after class.
You need to be prepared for each negotiation exercise in order to ensure the best learning experience for you and your classmates. Please read the instructions for each negotiation carefully and think about how you will approach the negotiation.
We will debrief every negotiation in class. You are encouraged to participate in these class discussions.
There is no required reading for this course, except for the negotiation exercises.
If you wish to deepen your understanding of negotiation practice and theory after the course, the following literature is recommended:
· Fisher, R., Ury, W., & Patton, B. (1991). Getting to Yes. New York: Penguin
· Thompson, Leigh (2014). The Mind and Heart of the negotiator (6th ed). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall