Just a few days to go before our second International Study Programme (ISP) from 24 to 28 June - this time we meet in Budapest, Hungary's beautiful capital city. The Budapest Business School, BBS will be our host. Budapesti Gazdasàgi Egyetem is a public university business school specialised in business studies and social sciences. Again, over 40 students and their teachers from six countries will participate and continue their work and research on European identities and behaviour. On the programme: lectures about contemporary Hungary, stereotype and predjudice in general, practical exercises in order to reflect on behaviour and train self-awareness, and of course several sessions of SYMLOG observation practice. These observations will be done in small mixed groups, focussing on both every-day and business behaviour. Time for analyses and report will conclude the intensive 5-days-programme.
So here we are! 41 students and 11 teachers from all six countries, learning and working together during the 5-days-ISP at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. Wednesday 15th was a day of mere SYMLOG observation practice, a welcome change to the theoretical work of the first two days. In small groups, we observed the behaviour of persons in every-day (like mother-child) and business (like shop assistant-client) situations and took systematical (anonymous) notes. It is not quite easy in the beginning to keep the focus on smallest interactions, but this SYMLOG method can be quickly learned. On the picture: the group on the stairs under the “Grande Arche” in Paris La Défense.
All of us are in the last preliminaries for our first International Study Programme in Cergy-Pontoise / France next week. We are looking forward to a good and fruitful and very European week, bringing together 41 students and 11 teachers. Already, the German EU-CAB students have been testing the data analysis tool, ingeniously developed by our colleague Jamie Fins from Portugal. Big thanks to Jaime and to our brave guinea pigs! On the schedule for the week: lectures and workshops about various aspects of contemporary France, project presentations, and above all, the learning and application of the scientific methods, data input, analysis and report. Convivial evenings round up the programme. The ISPs are at the heart of the project, and we are eager to see how everything will work out.
In preparation of our first International Study Programme, held in Cergy-Pontoise, France, there is a lot of work going on in the background: Defining the students who will participate, specifying accomodation and travel issues, putting the final touches on the documents that will serve to carry out the surveys and observations. Other activities are more visible: Some partners have put detailed information about the project on their websites, like these ... https://www.iscap.ipp.pt/investigacao-1/projetos/a-decorrer/eu-cab-comparative-analyses-of-european-identities-in-business-and-every-day-behaviour https://www.ismai.pt/pt/noticias/2018/projeto-eu-cab https://www.u-cergy.fr/fr/ufr-langues/les-actualites-de-l-ufr/erasmus.html
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