Acting Techniques in Interviews

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Justice
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 14:15
End: 15:30
Field Work: Day 1 - Hamburg - Thursday, 5 September | Germany
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course will share interview skills used by professional actors as they apply to non-performing pursuits and careers.   Actors have developed and honed countless skills, strategies, and techniques in auditioning and interviewing in an attempt to stand out from the crowd, be remembered, and land the job.  Many of these skills can be used in any interview situation.  Students will explore, learn, and practice many of these techniques in order to put them into practice when interviewing for scholarships, graduate school, internships, or jobs.  Students will conduct in-port research to explore similarities and differences in international and Western communication techniques and practices.  These will strengthen and hone each individual’s interviewing abilities, be it for employment opportunities in America or internationally.  

Field Work

Country: Germany
Day: 1 - Hamburg - Thursday, 5 September

Prior to arriving at the port in Hamburg, Germany, students will learn to read body language and non-verbal techniques human beings use consciously and unconsciously in communication with others, especially as they relate to the business of interviews.  Upon arrival in Hamburg, students will visit three different sites to conduct body language research.  These activities will include business transactions, locals and tourist interchanges, social exchanges between friends, family, acquaintances and strangers, dining etiquette, and other social conditions.  Additional focus and attention will be placed on the subtle differences in human, non-verbal communication as affected by geographic location.  The first place to visit will be the Town Hall (Rathaus).  This elegant building is beautiful to visit and a major attraction for locals and tourists alike.  The second place to visit will be Innenalster.  This is located in the city’s inner port and serves as a commercial center with a wide range of shops and restaurants.  Students will have lunch here and continue their observations of other’s non-verbal behavior.  This restaurant area will have a mix of tourists and locals dining.  Students will make observations in terms of business lunches, proper etiquette, and the like.  The third destination will be Jungfernstieg.  This is the fashion district of Hamburg.  The focus here will be on business behavior. Academic Objectives: Upon completion of this field lab, students will be able to: 1. Describe emotional communication through body language signals in various human situations 2. Explain how positive and negative energy zones effect human beings ability to successful communicate

3. Demonstrate improved body language use in daily communication effectiveness