Business & Legal Communication

PROGRAMME #OXBLE2018

The dynamic Business & Legal Communication course focuses on the reading, writing, and listening skills of the English language in a business and legal context. Our intensive course has been tailored to promote fluency in these areas of communication. Using language to the best of our abilities is a primary factor in furthering careers, in both the quality of work produced and contributing to building relationships among colleagues and clients.

Additionally, participants attend a large selection of seminars focusing on various relevant topics in the areas of management, economics, international relations, and law.
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About This Programme

Length The Business & Legal Communication course is offered in the first week of session 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (see below).
Available Dates Summer Session 1: 01 July – 14 July 2018
Summer Session 2: 15 July – 28 July 2018
Summer Session 3: 29 July – 11 August 2018
Summer Session 4: 12 August – 25 August 2018
Summer Session 5: 26 August – 08 September 2018
Lectures /
Exams
15-20 hours of seminar style lectures covering your course are given per week by highly experienced and qualified tutors, lecturers, doctors, and professors from the University of Oxford (UK) and/or the University of Cambridge (UK). Oriel College (University of Oxford, UK) will award for each delegate who successfully graduates from the programme with a Certificate of Attendance and Achievement. We require all students to attend at least 1 exam to receive an Academic Transcript issued by Oriel College (University of Oxford, UK). There are weekly exams scheduled for every course.
Accommodation Single dormitory room with shared bathroom facilities, includes daily breakfast. The full board option is available to all students for an additional fee of 420 GBP.
Fees Please see our fees & tuition.
Prerequisites This is an open enrolment course, we recommend applicants to have prior knowledge or strong interest in the subject/course they are enrolling in.
Additional
Information
In addition to lectures given, this course also includes various extra-curricular activities such as social events & leisure activities, visits to businesses and institutions in London, and excursions to famous places and historical landmarks. Learn more about Programme Information.

 

Course Details

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You will cover one topic of choice each week containing 15-20 hours of seminar style lectures from University of Oxford professors, lecturers, doctors or tutors in that field of study. Aside from the academic aspect, this exciting programme includes leisure activities, excursions, company visits, and much more.

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Below is a draft schedule for Summer Institute at Oriel College (click to enlarge)

*Disclaimer* Changes to the course description, topics, programme structure, and schedules may occur due to the availability of faculty members at the actual time of the programme.

business-legal-english-outlineThis exclusive course will give participants the opportunity to attend lectures focusing on spoken as well as written Business and Legal English. Additionally participants are invited to attend a large selection of lectures focusing on various relevant topics in the areas of management, economics, international relations and law.

Upon completion of the course, applicants will improve their ability to comprehend and communicate with the language in both formal and colloquial forms. The programme also incorporates lectures, which give participants the chance to employ their understanding of business and legal terms in real-life situations. This presents the opportunity for delegates to practice business English by attending additional topics such as international business law, entrepreneurship & business management, and international taxation; the level of legal English will be improved by attending lectures focusing on legal theory and various aspects of international business law.

Business & Legal English

This course will focus on the reading, writing, and listening skills of the English language in a business context. By being able to understand and use the business language, participants have the possibility to further their careers in both their quality of work and build relationships among colleagues and clients.

Delegates will develop the ability to communicate on an international level using precise and correct legal language. Upon completion of the course, participants will improve their confidence in explaining points of law, enhance their drafting and editing skills, and ultimately represent their organisation in a more effective manner.

Global Macro Economics: Financial Crises and Policy Responses

This course will expose the banking systems and they involvement in the financial crises, utilizing a various set of examples to illustrate key concepts such as the credit crunch and its effects in the real economy in order to later translate into the sovereign debt crises in Europe. This course will also cover subjects such as the unconventional monetary policy and the banking system reform implemented as the result of the financial crises.

Global Macro Economics: The Economics of Big Health Challenges

This course will discuss and analyse the state of health in the world and the challenges of the next 20-50 years. In addition, delegates will learn how health financing will need to adapt to the challenges of an aging population. Case studies analyzing pandemics, such as SARS, flu, and Ebola, will be looked at in detail to understand how these cross over into the financial market, looking at early warning, and response ideas.

Development Economics

In recent years, the standard neoclassical economic assumption that individual makes decisions purely to maximise their own material self-interest has been extensively challenged. A fast-growing number of studies have shown that people also care about other people’s behaviours; their self-expectation influences how they behave; some people are motivated to be helpful to others or do the right thing, whilst others like to see other people worse off than themselves; people are loss averse and bad at computation and are prone to bad habits. Psychological and social factors play an important role in human behaviours and decision-making processes. Behavioural economics increases the explanatory power of economics by incorporating these factors in order to provide more realistic psychological foundations for economic analysis.

Behavioural Economics

The course will give an overview of policy-related issues faced by developing countries from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Topics covered include economic development and economic growth; poverty and inequality; gender discrimination; governance and institutions; media and corruption; natural resources and development; and the effectiveness of foreign aid in helping developing countries.

International Taxation

The course on International Taxation will introduce participants with the key concepts in taxation bringing an in-depth understanding of tax laws affecting international business and individuals. This course will also focus in taking a look at the benefits and risks of cross-border transactions.

European Business and Economic Law

During this course, participants will study 3 of the most important aspects of European Law. First students will study European Institutions and Economic Law, where they will focus on creating a clear picture of how the European Union (EU) works, federalism and corporate law in the EU, Regulatory Competition, and Federal Law making. Second, participants will study more in depth European Corporate Law and the coordination of domestic laws in order to minimize conflicting burdens for cross-border establishment, finally participants will study European Competition Law focusing on the understanding of the core concepts of competition in the market economy system within the European Union.

EU Competition Law

This course is going to discuss the following: Competition Law and the Internal Market, The Complementary Role of Competition Law, Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Enforcement of EU Competition Law, etc.

EU Corporate Law

The course in European Corporate Law describes the influence of the law of the European Union on the company law of the Member States. An overview of the law of the internal market is followed by an analysis of the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the freedom of establishment for legal persons (corporations) under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (formerly the EC Treaty), including the question of ‘golden shares’. We shall then look at the most important Directives for the harmonisation of national company law, before turning to the Societas Europaea as a specifically European, cross-border company form. 

Legal Theory

This course has been design with the objective to provide students with various insights aspects of international business law systems that govern international trade and commerce. Legal Theory focuses on the function of the rule of law in Common law theory as well as to consider law in a practical manner, this lectures focuses on the nature and importance of rules in legal systems and surveys some of the main difficulties associated with the implementation of laws, rules, and regulations, while Intellectual Property Rights will provide an overview of the international legal framework for the protection of intellectual property, enabling the participants to obtain an understanding of the operations of intellectual property rights in international trade.

Intellectual Property Rights

The course in Intellectual Property Law aims to give students a general overview of the three main regimes of IP: copyright, patents and trademarks. This will include discussions on the justifications of intellectual property; the requirements necessary to garner protection for literary or artistic works, inventions and brand logos; the infringement of these various rights; and the remedies available once. The course will involve lectures, case studies and interactive discussions.

United Kingdom Corporate & Contract Law

Contract Law in the UK is an important area of legal study due to the influences of the British Empire. It is a common law subject and as such is governed by the principles of precedent through case law. Contract law concerns the regulation of agreements, in particular for goods and services. Problems arise especially in relation to enforcement of agreements. With the largest financial district in London, UK contract law is of global relevance for legal students in its relevance for mergers and acquisitions from the Anglo-American business world to business transactions in Hong Kong. This course will cover the key aspects of: agreement; consideration, intention, mistake, misrepresentation and duress. These core aspects permeate throughout other legal subjects.

International Criminal Law

This course covers the major areas of general international law and more specifically international criminal law. The lectures cover topics on the nature and sources of international law, the law of treaties, international legal personality, jurisdiction and immunities, the use of force and the procedures for peaceful settlement of disputes, law of armed conflicts, the nature of international crime, international criminal tribunals and international criminal procedure. The consideration of these subject areas takes place within their broader policy context and having regard to recent experience.

International Trade and Maritime Law

International Trade Law regulates global trade activity in goods and services, issues of intellectual property, and Foreign Direct Investment, to name a few. International trade intertwines with issues of state aid, dumping, international development and human rights. Its reach is global as it affects trade volume and sets a level playing field for countries and corporations alike. In doing so, the World Trade Organization is the designated body that administers existing trade agreements, facilitates the conclusion of new ones, and promotes the amicable settlement of disputes. The sea constitutes two-thirds of the entire planet and is of fundamental importance to human activity, sustaining life, providing commerce and navigational routes and a substantial proportion of our natural resources.

UK Tort Law

The study of Tort Law presents delegates with an introduction to a variety of legal concepts that have extreme relevance in our everyday lives. The course will present a variety of specific liability regimes, including employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, liability for pure psychiatric illness and pure economic loss. In addition to this, the course will introduce concepts such as defamation, trespass to the person and the land-based tort of nuisance including examples of authentic cases.

International & UK Banking Law and EU Financial Regulations Reform

The banking industry has recently gone through massive changes, which have changed its structure, the way it operates and the very nature of what was thought to be a stable yet dynamic environment. The systemic nature of the banking sector gives rise to challenges that need expertise in both law and finance in order to be effectively and successfully addressed. The programme is designed to be both theoretical and practical using case studies, which will enable students to understand the issues that the banking sector faces and provide solutions whilst ensuring the successful and profitable operation and development of the sector.

Historic Political and Economic Philosophy

This course looks at key themes and thinkers in historic, or ancient, western political and economic theory. Essential to understanding western political traditions and practice, ancient thought is both complex and fascinating. The course is designed to familiarise students with the most important thinkers and their ideas. Amongst other things, it will explore the difference between ancient and modern thought, assess arguments for and against democracy, analyse the relationship between economics and the good life, and explain how the development of different types of political units – from city states, via empires, to the modern state – impacted on social and political thinking. Ultimately, these themes point to two fundamental questions, which make ancient thought a fascinating subject to study: What does it mean to be human? And how should humans live together? As the course shows, ancient thinkers have provided thought-provoking and controversial answers to them.

Contemporary Political and Economic Philosophy / Contemporary Ethics and Global Issues

This programme is giving an insight into the modern philosophical thinking beginning with Machiavelli and the enlightenment. Various philosophical schools and their viewpoints will be discussed and the ideas of John Locke, Adam Smith, or Descartes will be analysed. Concepts of justice, equality, need, and human rights will be addressed including aspects of theories which argue that there is a duty of justice to distribute resources; justice towards future generations; national self-determination, multiculturalism, and the various concept of a ‘just war’.

Contemporary Political and Economic Philosophy: Ethics & Logic

Since its beginnings in ancient Greece, the Western philosophical reflection on how we should conduct our lives has been closely intertwined with the inquiry into logos, ‘reason’ or ‘reason-ing’, practical and theoretical, human or divine. While ethics and logic have developed into two distinct disciplines, different philosophical approaches to normative ethics and meta-ethics are often best understood as springing forth from different conceptions of the role that reason and argument (ought to) play in human morality, and from different assessments of the validity of certain key arguments (or alleged ‘fallacies’) in ethics, and of the force and implications of certain ‘dilemmas’ or ‘paradoxes’. Competing ethical theories are typically construed dialectically: they argue for the deficiency of the rival theories, and defend themselves by denouncing the shortcomings in the logic of their attackers.

English Literature

This course will offer delegates a strong foundation for understanding the various facets of English Literature across eras and genres, tempering historical and ideological depth with attention to textual details. Prose, poetry, and drama will be considered in dynamic ways, inflected by engagement with various political, socio-economic, religious, philosophical, and cultural ideas.

Academic Writing & Critical Thinking

Students will learn how to identify and critique implicit claims in academic and journalistic writing, what characterises weak arguments and how to formulate strong ones, as well as how to interrogate visual arguments in video or photographic media. Students will also acquire more practical skills, including how to interpret essay questions, how to structure and reference an academic essay, as well as how to write with clarity, brevity and maximum impact.

British Culture and History

The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how English and British culture has developed over the ages. Why, for instance, do we use the terms ‘English’ and ‘British’ interchangeably? How have they shaped each other conceptually? How has the notion of nationhood manifested itself in British art, literature, and culture in different eras? Each lecture will provide delegates with a strong historical and cultural foundation with which to approach literary texts, while also encouraging students to engage critically with questions of historiography.

Intercultural Communication

This course will look at key academic and practical topics involved in intercultural communication. Drawing on the fields of literary studies, linguistics, anthropology, ethnography, and cultural studies, delegates will analyse topics including, ‘Communicating between cultures’, ‘Translation’, ‘Verbal and Non-verbal Communication’, and ‘Cultures and Concepts’.

English Literature

This course will offer delegates a strong foundation for understanding the various facets of English Literature across eras and genres, tempering historical and ideological depth with attention to textual details. Prose, poetry, and drama will be considered in dynamic ways, inflected by engagement with various political, socio-economic, religious, philosophical, and cultural ideas.

Academic Writing & Critical Thinking

Students will learn how to identify and critique implicit claims in academic and journalistic writing, what characterises weak arguments and how to formulate strong ones, as well as how to interrogate visual arguments in video or photographic media. Students will also acquire more practical skills, including how to interpret essay questions, how to structure and reference an academic essay, as well as how to write with clarity, brevity and maximum impact.

Intercultural Communication

This course will look at key academic and practical topics involved in intercultural communication. Drawing on the fields of literary studies, linguistics, anthropology, ethnography, and cultural studies, delegates will analyse topics including, ‘Communicating between cultures’, ‘Translation’, ‘Verbal and Non-verbal Communication’, and ‘Cultures and Concepts’.

Business & Legal English

This course will focus on the reading, writing, and listening skills of the English language in a business context. By being able to understand and use the business language, participants have the possibility to further their careers in both their quality of work and build relationships among colleagues and clients.

Delegates will develop the ability to communicate on an international level using precise and correct legal language. Upon completion of the course, participants will improve their confidence in explaining points of law, enhance their drafting and editing skills, and ultimately represent their organisation in a more effective manner.

Alix de Zitter
Faculty of Law
University of Oxford (UK)
https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/people/alix-de-zitter

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Please send all completed application forms to info@cbl-international.com. If you have any questions regarding our application process, please feel free to contact us at anytime.

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