Economic, legal, social and political issues in English-speaking countries

lmult2421  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Economic, legal, social and political issues in English-speaking countries
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Q1
Teacher(s)
Arblaster Paul;
Language
English
Prerequisites
B2 level of listening and reading and B2 level of speaking (Common European Framework of Reference).
Main themes
The course touches on the economic, legal, social and political issues in English-speaking countries. It describes the political institutions and the different actors (parties, trends) and tackles the important legal questions discussed in society. During the course, we will describe the major recent social trends by studying the different participants (employers, trade unions, etc.) Finally, the economic underpinnings of the country will be tackled (finance, employment, the structure of companies, management, etc.), in order to speed up the economic immersion in the economic life of these countries. This course also has a seminar component (15 hours) where different aspects of the course are discussed in English using articles and videos.
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 By the end of the course, students should have acquired a solid knowledge of the economic, legal, social and political issues in English-speaking countries. They should be able to describe in detail the political institutions, the different social actors (employers, trade unions, etc.) and the important social questions discussed in the English-speaking countries.
 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content
The course explores the economic, legal, social and political issues in English-speaking countries using a variety of sources: newspaper articles, videos, internet sites, etc. There is a lot of emphasis on the analysis of current events.
Teaching methods
  1. The teacher will, whenever possible, invite members from the business, diplomatic and journalistic world to come and speak to the students.
  2. Part 2 of the course (15 hours) is taught by the Institut des Langues Vivantes (ILV).
Evaluation methods
Written and/or oral examination: the written part consists of a case study that the student will write on a legal, social or political topic chosen by the student. The oral part of the exam will be based on the formal lectures (30 hours).
 
Faculty or entity
MULT


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] in Journalism

Master [120] in Communication

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [120] in Economics: General

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Communication

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General