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Personal Development

  • Teacher(s):   I.Gioaba  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 3 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn or Spring Semester 2019-2020, 2.0h. course (weekly average)
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  • Related programmes:
    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics

    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management

    Bachelor (BSc) in Economic Sciences



The course is meant to improve students€™ soft skills in self-management by applying principles of self-development to day-to-day life. Most courses taught at university level focus on learning contents. This course focuses on the student and her/his progress in developing personal achievements. Combining theory, personal experience, and self-reflection the course provides the tools to undertake personal growth. Each week a topic related to how to develop personal skills will be introduced; students will discuss strategies that research has shown to be advantageous for personal development and explore techniques and exercises that enhance well-being.


The class is designed as a the laboratory in which students may experience themselves in different ways, learn to define their personal objectives, evaluate their progress in achieving them, and hopefully have some fun. Students will be able to: improve self-awareness learn to use self-monitoring learn and apply a method to carry out self-improvement improve self-reflection learn to set and achieve goals learn basic mechanisms governing behavior.

The course will be taught in English.


There is no mandatory textbook. However, some readings will be given during the semester that will help understanding the topics taught to the students.


An interest for self-improvement, as well as the willingness to discover and work on the development of one's strenghs. The regular presence to the class is a requisite as the exercises done during the semester will be the basis for the writing of the assignements.

To facilitate group participation, the number of students allowed to take the course is 30 per semester. Students interested to take the course should send a motivation letter describing why they think this course is interesting for them to


First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  

There will not be any traditional final in class exam and the final mark will depend on:

1. Participation – 25% toward final mark

2.Class facilitation– 25% toward final mark

3.Final Paper regarding a personal development project – 50% toward final mark


Without exam (cf. terms)  

Students who fail the course will have to (re)submit the paper assignment during the retake examination period. In this case the final mark will be determined 100% by the Final Paper.

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