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TALENT Program Courses

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1. Theories and Practice of Human Potential Development

Course Description: 

This course will explore the studies of human potential and its actualization in practical settings of organizations. Human potential is the phenomenon that is increasingly seen as one of the main driving forces of the present and future success of individuals and organizations. The concept of human potential associates its development with personal well-being, quality of life and psychological health. Since the study of human potential is rooted to existential-humanistic psychology, much attention in this course will be paid to theories of motivation,
concepts of actualizing tendency and self-determination.

The course will consist of three components. The first one will explore the history of the study of human potential and personal growth. The second component will focus on contemporary theories and research in human potential management. The third block will include best practices in human potential development within organizational settings.


2. Strategic aspects of Human Potential Development

Course Description: 

This course is aimed to introduce students with practices of human potential development in modern private and public organizations and to explain how they gain sustainable competitive
advantage through their employees. It will look at the creation of strategies to recruit talent and systems of personal and professional development to grow the organization. The course takes an interactive format, with discussions and group work as important components. Students will engage in various activities intended to illustrate and practice the skills involved in implementing human resource and talent management systems.


3. Cross-cultural and comparative research in Human Potential Development

Course Description: 

This course is aimed to introduce students with international developments and the comparative difference is the management of human resources and trends in international context along with
the cross-cultural issues in comparative human potential development. It focuses on the most recent cross-cultural and comparative research related to human potential development and HRM strategies adopted by International, Transnational and Multinational companies managing the interface between diversity and control in changing the global environment.


4. Labour Law

Course Description: 

This is an introductory compulsory course meant for master students of Human Resources program. An objective of the course is to provide students with the basic knowledge of the Labour Law concepts, principles, theoretical underpinnings and legislation. The course is to be focused on the issues that include Hiring and Termination, Working time, Compensations and benefits, Employee safety and health, Employee privacy, etc. The course also aims to teach skills that are necessary to apply Labour Law norms correctly and to find solutions for various legal problems and situations.


5. Employment Relations

Course Description: 

This course is meant for master students of Human Resources program. The course will be focusing on the issues that are come up during formation of labor relations. The course is not only focused on the laws and regulations but also how to apply those and which would be applied best to any given situation considering different perspectives of labour relations.
The main subjects of the course include employee relations main concepts, the impact on internal and external forces on employee relations, collective bargaining and trade unions, CSR,
discrimination, equality and diversity, work and ethics, employee voice, employee participation and employee involvement, managing conflict, international standards and best practices, modern workspace. This course is specifically focuses on provision of knowledge and enhancing skills in working with employment relations that are necessary for HR specialist. 


6. Talent Management

Course Description: 

This course will explore theoretical issues and practical challenges in talent identification, talent development and talent management. Since McKinsey’s the War for Talent (1990)
the concept of talent management is widespread in corporate world and organizational/industrial psychology. It is increasingly seen as a critical asset of the success of organization. The course will focus on complex problems of recruitment, retaining and producing talented employees with high qualified human potential in different types of organizations. Debates around intellectual boundaries of talent management concept will be emphasized.


7. Work, Organization and Society

Course Description: 

This course is designed to expose students to the analysis of major theoretical and empirical developments in the studies of work and organizations. It aims in an understanding macro, meso, and micro factors shaping work and organizations, and, at the same time, it examines how work and organizations structure our social life.
The course is interdisciplinary in its nature and covers wide range of relevant economics, political, anthropological, social-psychological and sociological perspectives for studying work and organizations.


8. Individual, Groups and Organization

Course Description: 

The course focuses on analyzing the behavior of individuals within an organisation, enabling leaders to perform effective team management within international context. The module stimulates development of decision-making abilities with relation to conflict management for future managers.
The content is interdisciplinary and engages various fields of social sciences: from sociology, psychology, political science and anthropology. The module builds on the understanding of the issues arising in team management and interpersonal relationships. Skills developed within the discipline enables improvement of effective staff coordination, development of transformational leadership skills and handling of conflict management.
During the module, the students are to be formed in groups within which they have to interpret the organizational problem in terms of leadership, individual, interpersonal and group processes.


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