Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.09.2019 - 17.10.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Rita Järventie-Thesleff

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I (Fall 2018) Töölö campus
I (Fall 2019) Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completing this course, the student will have a better understanding of their strengths as performers, and how to further enhance their skills. The overarching goal is for the student to find confidence and enjoyment in business presentations or when pitching ideas.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

While the buzz seems to be about the digital, human interaction and making presenta-tions is as important as ever. At the same time, very few people feel at ease speaking in public. Most of this awkwardness is caused by lack of experience and irrational fear of the unknown. But fear not, this is where practice comes in.

During the workshops of this course, the students will be studying and developing their performance skills in a safe environment, with the help of exercises more commonly used by actors. Attendance is compulsory to all eight (8) workshops, no exceptions. No prior acting/performing experience is needed.
The workshops are highly “learning by doing” consisting of basic acting exercises and discussions. The students need to prepare for some of the workshops by rehearsing a speech or a presentation.
The written assignments consist of written reports on articles and self-reflective essays. Finally, the student combines her findings in a final paper.
The teacher, Kai Bäckström, graduated from Svenska Handelshögsskolan in 2007 (M.Sc., Economics) and from the Theatre Academy in 2012 (M. Arts, Acting). Upon graduation he has acted in more than 10 theatre shows and 6 tv-series across country.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Active attendance in lectures. Attendance compulsory. Compulsory course assignments (100%).

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

6 credits, 160 hours:
1. Workshops (40 h)
2. Preparation for workshops (60 h)
4. Assignments and learning diaries (60 h)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Pre-readings assigned by the lecturer.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

very good English skills

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WedOodi. The registration is binding, by registering in Oodi student is committed him/herself to participate all meetings.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The number of students admitted to the course is restricted to 14. Priority is given to (1) CEMS-students and (2) Aalto students studying in MSc Program of Marketing


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