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030568 KU Discussion, Negotiation and Presentation in English (2020S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 19.03. 17:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Thursday 26.03. 17:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Thursday 02.04. 17:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM10 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 1.OG
Thursday 23.04. 17:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM41 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Thursday 30.04. 17:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM42 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Thursday 07.05. 17:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM64 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Thursday 14.05. 17:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Thursday 04.06. 17:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Most future lawyers will often need 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, which has proved off-beat and very popular, aims to give you ways to overcome these problems by providing a base for development of your language skills; three scenarios are included - discussion, negotiation, and presentation, with 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 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 daily newspaper editor. An interactive, tutorial format is used with a wide range of topics through extensive use of audio and video sources.
Discussion - key functions such as expressing and seeking opinions; agreeing and disagreeing; making suggestions and persuading; A group spaghetti building exercise and a survival game provide 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). Role-play client meetings in contract dispute settlements are used in practice sessions.

Presentation: two principal elements. Presenting a landmark case brief - no research is required as emphasis is on body language and voice skills; second, an exercise in analysing rhetoric.

Critical thinking: one third of the course is devoted to improving your thinking skills....but through learning from experience, not "teacher talking". Memorisation has many uses, but it does not develop the ability to think. Concepts such as Analysis and Evaluation of Arguments will be demonstrated,; there will also be introductions to cognitive concepts such as perception, persuasion and heuristics. you learn in a workshop process and expect the unexpected!.
Goals: in language you will acquire tools of practical value which you can upgrade 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).

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment will be by an exam at the end of the semester
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
To sit the Assessment you must attend a minimum of 10 classes and complete all 10 weekly preparatory exercises through Moodle.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The exam is in two parts, each 40 mins approx.
Part 1: 12 multiple choice questions in logical and analytical thinking.
Part 2: critical analysis and evaluation of a written argument (with a partner)

Examination topics

Reading list

There is no reading list. Bring your brains, not your books.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:19