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030568 KU Discussion, Negotiation and Presentation in English (2010S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Bewerbung über Fronter (nähere Informationen siehe http://zivilrecht.univie.ac.at/ilpl-registration ).
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Details

max. 20 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 11.03. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 18.03. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 25.03. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 15.04. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 22.04. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 29.04. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 06.05. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 20.05. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 27.05. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 10.06. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 17.06. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Common law, Common language: Uncommon thinking

Few future lawyers will avoid the need to work in English. This places a heavy demand on the hallmark abilities of the legal professional: high language ability combined with exceptional thinking skills. Regretfully, working in a second language often downgrades thinking and limits expression.
This course is aimed at giving you ways to overcome these problems. It provides a platform on which to base ongoing development of your language skills; three rhetorical scenarios are included - speaking and discussion, negotiation, and presentation, with most texts and exercises drawn from legal contexts.
But even superb language is of little value unless it is underpinned by clear thougt. So embedded within the course core is training in the thinking skills you need - how to engage problems, make arguments, evaluate options, and render opinions using skilful reasoning.
The course is led by David Goulden, a Cambridge qualified barrister and former English newspaper editor. An interactive, tutorial format is used with most sessions working in small groups. There is no formal reading list but a wide range of optional topics is offered. Extensive use is made of audio and video sources.
Discussion - key functions such as expressing and seeking opinions; agreeing and disagreeing; making suggestions and persuading; building an argument are taught through individual and group exercises. A Survival task ranking game and an online interactive business challenge (with chairperson training) provide practical experience.
Speaking - paraphrasing, responding to questions and expanding a topic; organising information and ideas; justifying opinions; hypothesising, comparing and contrasting, and decision-making. These are taught through role-plays involving short, informative talks prepared in small groups, sustaining a long turn in discussion by giving information, and expressing and justifying opinions.
Negotiating: the language of negotiation (outlining proposals, making counter proposals, bargaining etc) will be taught as an integral part of hands-on practice of key skills (establishing positions - strengthening yours and weakening the opposition's, trading, closing etc). Model client meetings in contract negotiation, dispute settlement etc are used as the basis of practice sessions.
Critical thinking: about one third of the course time will be devoted to improving your thinking skills....but through experiential learning, not "teacher talking". Memorisation has many uses but it does not develop the ability to think. ("Bring your brain, not your books!") Some cognitive ability concepts such as Analysis, Evaluation, Inference, Explanation will be demonstrated, but you will learn mainly in a workshop process requiring active participation.
The learing outcome in language will be to acquire a collection of tools of practical value which you can upgrade through your professional career.
In thinking, the result will be to acquire a "critical spirit - a probing inquisitiveness, a keenness of mind, a zealous dedication to reason, and a hunger or eagerness for reliable information". Peter Facione's landmark essay* also refers to the ideal critical thinker as prudent in making judgements, willing to reconsider, clear about issues, and persistent in seeking results as precise as circumstances permit. (*Critical Thinking: What it is and why it counts 2009)
If that is the kind of lawyer you would like to be, join the course.

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Assessment will be by a one-hour exercise at the end of each semester.

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Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:28