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Bachelor 2022/2023

English for International Affairs & Business

Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Contact hours: 136

Course Syllabus

Abstract

English for International Affairs and Business aims at shaping the communicative and professional competence in English that underlies the language and professional development of a BA (Bachelor of Arts) majoring in Economics and International Affairs. The communicative and professional competence in English implies an ability to interact in English in the context of cross-cultural professional communication. This course offers two sub-courses: English for International Business and English for Political Studies. Language skills that lead to the competence in English being shaped are developed when studying authentic texts on a wide range of professionally relevant topics. This allows students to acquire knowledge on topical issues related to international affairs, politics and business. Due to instruction techniques, learning is practice-oriented.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • - to broaden and expand the students’ proficiency and knowledge of English; - to develop the students’ listening skills to enable them to understand and to use the information from the input; - to develop the students’ reading skills for the gist and detailed information, to make inferences and deduce the meanings from the context; - to develop the students’ speaking skills to enable them to produce a structured talk on the issue in question.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • be able to discuss the foundations of the modern international relations system
  • use the vocabulary necessary to describe global governance and its evolution
  • conduct a case study using professional terms and academic vocabulary
  • be able to discuss the UN’s role in global governance
  • use the vocabulary necessary to talk about the United Nations’ problems and goals
  • use the cliché phrases appropriate for international organizations’ meetings
  • write a policy paper identifying problems related to the professional field and offering solutions
  • be able to discuss NGOs as actors of international affairs
  • use the vocabulary necessary to describe strong and weak sides of nongovernmental organizations
  • conduct PEST analysis using professional terms and academic vocabulary
  • be able to discuss the role of states as protectors and abusers of human rights
  • use the vocabulary necessary to describe key forms and areas of domestic human rights protection as well as major human rights violations
  • be able to make/decline/accept a proposal in a negotiation process using appropriate vocabulary
  • apply negotiation strategies during professional debates
  • be able to analyse discuss the role of states as protectors and abusers of human rights
  • be able to discuss international human rights institutions and mechanisms
  • use the vocabulary necessary to describe the areas of NGOs’ human rights activities and limits to NGOs' global operation
  • apply active listening skills during debates and negotiations
  • be able to participate in interviews related to professional topics
  • be able to discuss global economic governance
  • use the vocabulary necessary to describe key economic governance institutions and their areas of operation
  • read and analyze foreign language texts related to professional topics
  • analyze foreign language presentations and interviews related to professional topics
  • - understand and use Business terminology specific to human resource management - read, analyse and discuss authentic articles from professional journals and magazines - understand and discuss authentic interviews on Business news channels - use idiomatic expressions (sea idioms) - deliver a well-structured and focussed talk on the topic of HR management - take part in group discussion of a case in HR, offering a solution with good quality arguments - make a group presentation of the solutions
  • - understand and use Business terminology specific to change management and disruptive innovation; - read, analyse and discuss authentic articles from professional journals and magazines; - understand and discuss an authentic lecture on crowdsourcing; - use phrasal verbs, nouns formed from phrasal verbs, collocations with ‘set’; - deliver a well-structured and focused talk on the topic of Disruptive Innovations; - take part in group discussion on creativity in business
  • - understand and use Business terminology specific to social responsibility of business and ESG; - read, analyse and discuss authentic articles from professional journals and magazines; - understand and discuss a documentary on tax avoidance and tax evasion; - use phrasal verbs, - use a variety of negative prefixes; - deliver a well-structured and focused talk on the topic of ESG; - take part in group discussion of ethical and unethical behaviour
  • - understand and use Business terminology specific to corporate governance - read, analyse and discuss authentic articles from professional journals and magazines - understand and discuss a documentary on executive compensation - use idiomatic expressions - deliver a well-structured and focussed talk on the topic of corporateb governance - take part in group discussion of various challenges related to the need to change the way a company is managed
  • - understand and use Business terminology specific to resource management; - read, analyse and discuss authentic articles from professional journals and magazines; - understand and discuss an interview on alternative energies; - use idiomatic expressions; - deliver a well-structured and focused talk on the topic of resources; - take part in a debate on the future of nuclear energy
  • - understand and use Business terminology specific to leadership in business; - read, analyse and discuss authentic articles from professional journals and magazines; - understand and discuss an interview on power politics; - use English proverbs; - deliver a well-structured and focused talk on the topic of leadership; - take part in a discussion of various leadership styles; - make a group presentation of a case study on leadership
  • - understand and use Business terminology specific to marketing and e-marketing; - read, analyse and discuss authentic articles on marketing from professional journals and magazines; - understand and discuss an interview on digital technologies in marketing – recognize puns in English-language advertising; - deliver a well-structured and focused talk on the topic of e-marketing; - take part in a discussion of innovative approaches to e-marketing; - write a press-release
  • - understand and use Business terminology specific to risk management; - read, analyse and discuss authentic articles on risk management from professional journals and magazines; - understand and discuss an interview on types of risks in business – recognize loanwords; - deliver a well-structured and focused talk on the topic of risk management; - take part in negotiations; - write a report on the results of negotiations
  • - understand and use Business terminology relate to corporate crime; - read, analyse and discuss authentic articles on corporate crime from professional journals and magazines; - understand and discuss an interview on types of whitecollar crime – recognize and use euphemisms; - deliver a presentation on a high-profile case of misconduct
  • learn about power and ways to measure it, about soft and hard power, their actors
  • research countries' soft power initiatives
  • learn the structure of issue debate and try it out
  • learn about responsbility to protect
  • research various actors' initiatives in the sphere of R2P
  • discuss humanitarian intervention
  • debate the issue
  • learn about the just war theory, rules of war
  • discuss changes in the way war is waged and the future of war
  • discuss collateral damage from a novel angle
  • learn about types of diplomacy, principles of negotiation, stages of negotiation
  • discuss negotiation strategies
  • create a checklist for negotiation
  • learn about UN principles of mediation, basics of mediation
  • discuss successful and failed cases of mediation
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • International Relations 1. The State System and Its Weakness
  • International Relations 2: The UN
  • International Relations 3: NGOs
  • International Relations 4: States as Protectors and Abusers of Human Rights
  • International Relations 5: International Human Rights Institutions
  • International Relations 6: Global Economic Governance
  • Business English 1: Human Resources
  • Business English 2: Disruptive Innovation
  • Business English-3: ESG
  • Business English - 4: Corporate Governance
  • Business English 5: Resources
  • Business English 6: Leadership
  • Business English 7: E-marketing
  • Business English 8: Risk Management
  • Business English 9: Misconduct
  • International Relations 7. Power
  • International Relations 8. R2P
  • International Relations 9. Armed Conflicts
  • International Relations 10. Diplomacy. Negotiations.
  • International Relations 11. Mediation
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Quizzes
    Quizzes - 11 IR and 9 BE
  • non-blocking Policy Paper
    IR
  • non-blocking Presentation
    IR
  • non-blocking Summit
    IR
  • non-blocking Listening
    BE
  • non-blocking Case Study
    IR
  • non-blocking Essay
    IR
  • non-blocking Module 1 Test
    BE
  • non-blocking Module 1 Roundtable
    IR
  • non-blocking Exam - BE
  • non-blocking Exam - IR
  • non-blocking Module 3 Test
  • non-blocking Module 3 Presentation
  • non-blocking Exam - BE
  • non-blocking Exam - IR
  • non-blocking Participation - BE
  • non-blocking Participation - IR
  • non-blocking Structured talk
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 2nd module
    0.05 * Presentation + 0.025 * Structured talk + 0.025 * Listening + 0.05 * Participation - BE + 0.1 * Module 1 Roundtable + 0.2 * Exam - IR + 0.05 * Quizzes + 0.1 * Module 1 Test + 0.2 * Exam - BE + 0.025 * Participation - IR + 0.025 * Policy Paper + 0.05 * Summit
  • 2022/2023 4th module
    0.025 * Structured talk + 0.2 * Exam - BE + 0.05 * Case Study + 0.05 * Essay + 0.05 * Quizzes + 0.025 * Listening + 0.2 * Exam - IR + 0.05 * Participation - BE + 0.05 * Participation - IR + 0.1 * Module 3 Test + 0.1 * Module 3 Presentation
Bibliography

Bibliography

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