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4 new electives

Classroom innovation: 4 new electives introduced this semester



September 22, 2011

The diverse curriculum at Brandeis International Business School is constantly evolving, and this semester is no exception. Take a look at some of the new course offerings for this fall.

INFLUENCE, POWER AND IDENTITY 
Whether it’s landing a job, a promotion or a new client, many aspects of your career require you to influence other people—to affect how they think, feel and behave. Taught by new faculty member Sandra Cha, this elective in organizational behavior finds students exploring and applying the latest research on successful influence strategies. 

EUROPE, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Last semester Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, an executive from Verbundnetz Gas AG, a major German energy company, gave a guest lecture that stimulated so much interest that he has offered to teach a three-week seminar for a group of 13 students. Co-taught by Professor John Ballantine, the class gives students insight into world energy demand and shifting supplies of energy to gas, renewables and other traditional sources. 

FIELD PROJECTS IN REAL ESTATE 
Taught by experienced real estate professional Edward Chazen, this course offers students the opportunity to apply their classroom skills and knowledge to work on actual consulting projects for prominent Boston-area real estate companies. Each project involves doing feasibility analyses of property usage and allows students to meet with city officials, tenants and local brokers. 

CENTRAL BANKING 
Expanded from an independent study project last fall, Professor Carol Osler's intimate 10-student seminar discusses topics ranging from quantitative easing to cigarette trading in POW camps to illustrate various aspects of central banking. No case preparations or traditional exams here - students are instead challenged to synthesize the varied texts they've read and expound on the benefits and disadvantages of central banks and how to maximize their effectiveness. 

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