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030568 KU Discussion, Negotiation and Presentation in English (2021S)

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


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first serve").


max. 75 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 11.03. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Donnerstag 18.03. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Donnerstag 25.03. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Donnerstag 15.04. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Donnerstag 22.04. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Donnerstag 29.04. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Donnerstag 06.05. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Donnerstag 20.05. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Donnerstag 27.05. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Donnerstag 10.06. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Donnerstag 17.06. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Online can be good, very good! Uni is mostly about learning, not teaching – so don’t think of an online class as second-best. In DNP, you will master the course content and also develop your learning and communication skills as you will often be working in groups.

Many lawyers often have to work in English. This can challenge the hallmark abilities of the legal professional: high language ability combined with exceptional thinking. Regretfully, working in a second language often limits expression and downgrades thinking.
This course, off-beat and very popular, aims to give you ways to overcome these problems by developing your applied language skills; three scenarios are included - discussion, negotiation, and presentation, with most texts and exercises drawn from legal contexts.
But superb language is of little value unless it is underpinned by clear thought. So the course core includes training in thinking skills - how to engage problems, make arguments, evaluate options, and render opinions using skillful reasoning.
The course is led by David Goulden, a Cambridge qualified barrister and former English daily newspaper editor.

Discussion - key functions such as expressing and seeking opinions; agreeing and disagreeing; making suggestions and persuading; a survival game provides hands-on experience.

Negotiation: the language of negotiation (outlining proposals, making counter proposals, bargaining etc) and practice of key skills (establishing positions - strengthening yours and weakening the opposition's, trading, closing etc). Virtual online meetings about contract disputes are role-played in practice sessions.

Presentation - two principal elements. The emphasis is on body language and voice skills; secondly, an exercise analysing a Supreme Court death penalty submission.

Critical thinking: one third of the course is devoted to improving your thinking skills … but throughlearning from experience, not "teacher talking". Memorisation has many uses, but it does not develop the ability to think. Concepts such as the Analysis and the Evaluation of Arguments, plus Fallacies and Assumptions will be demonstrated; there will also be introductions to cognitive concepts such as perception, heuristics and tribal intelligence. Finally, a look at ethics ranging from Epicurus and the Stoics to Melinda Gates.

Goals: in language you will acquire ideas of practical value which you can build on through your professional career. In thinking, the aim is 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). These are the keys to living autonomously.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Assessment: 50% will be will be by an exam with questions about analytical thinking at the end of the semester, and 50% on an in-term project which you can undertake with a partner.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

To qualify for the Assessment you may not miss more than two classes and must complete all weekly preparation (about 90 mins) through Moodle.



There is no reading list. Use your brain, not your books.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mi 21.04.2021 11:25