Modern dilemmas

Catalogue des cours de Télécom SudParis






2ème Année Management,2ème Année Télécom







Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées


Charge de travail




  • Langues et Sciences Humaines

Equipe pédagogique


This course involves studying the world in which we live from the perspective of modern dilemmas.

- What are these?
- How to manage them?
- Finding solutions?

Acquis d'apprentissage

• Improvement of oral communication skills in English
• Working on accuracy through grammar workshops
• Improving writing through effective note taking
• understanding written/spoken English more easily
• Developing teamwork and leadership skills
• Practicing critical thinking


The purpose of this course is to discover modern day concerns and problem solving in a global context. Content is varied, from new technologies to human rights issues. An interactive course with students working in teams to research, analyze and present findings. Activities include talk shows, debates, discussions, presentations, with lots of opportunity for students to interact. These alternate with viewing/listening, reading and writing activities.

Attentes du cours

This is a highly interactive course, with strong emphasis on spoken English. Homework assignments include reading, writing and research in preparation for the following lessons. Students work individually and in teams. Each team will work on a project which deals with modern dilemmas, the findings and conclusion of which will be presented to the class (mega presentation). PS all assignments are graded.


All Grading will be on a scale of 0 to 20, unless otherwise stated.

1/3 CF: A written response to given input, produced in an academic style
1/3 CC: Selected Classroom assignments, as detailed by the teacher.
1/3 PP: Presence & Participation (each representing 50% of the PP grade)

CF (both questions, common to all):
1. A summary based on three documents (1 video, 1 text, 1 graph) related to the same subject (up to 400 words) 1hr;
2. A discursive essay based on a topic evoked in the in the above documents (up to 400 words) 1hr.

General marking scheme (out of 20)
0 Work not done, incomplete or of insufficient standard.
1-5 Work completed, but of minimum quality, poor structure; irrelevant, unrelated illogical content; unstructured, very poor language makes comprehension difficult
6-10 Fair but many important mistakes, gaps, unclear structure, confusing, language
11-14 Good but some important mistakes or gaps.
15-20 Work done to a high standard with few or no mistakes.

Typical CC Assignments
1. a summary (to be set by the class teacher);
2. a discursive essay (to be set by the class teacher);
3. a 15-minute oral presentation with visuals based a topic related to the theme of the class;

Presence: Students will receive credit for attending class regularly, up to a maximum of 1/6 of their total grade. Unjustified absences will thus have a direct impact on student’s overall grade.
Participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in class, according to the criteria in ‘classroom expectations’

Validating the tandem programme will add 2 bonus points to a student’s CC grade (CC) of the corresponding language course.
It is the responsibility of the student to make up for any missed work in order to avoid these absences further impacting final grades.

CEFR Grade (A1-C2)
Students will be continuously assessed as to their language level relative to the CEFR criteria.
There is NO DIRECT RELATION between a student’s CC/CF/PP and their CEFR level.

For more information, please refer to the LSH website.


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Plan du cours

Part one Discovery
-Discovering the notion of a dilemma
-Dilemmas past and present
-Modern dilemmas
-Future dilemmas
Morality and ethics
-Managing dilemmas
-Solving dilemmas
-The new poly-lemma

Part two Project
-Project workshops
-Project meetings/activities

Part three Mega presentations
-Project presentations
-Discussions/constructive criticism
- Analysis/conclusion

Part four
-Final test

Please note, the above schedule is a guideline only.

Fiche mise à jour le 21/09/2021