603-HSA-VA, Double-Edged Sword at Work
“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.” Simon Sinek In this course, we will examine the roles that creative ideas, ambitions, the pursuit of knowledge, competition and technological evolution play not only in the business milieu but also in our personal life. Our personal life continues to be threatened by our work life, and this threat forever alters our sense of purpose in life. This semester, through the study of a variety of literary works, we will explore the negative and dark forces of the pursuit of knowledge and the need to find balance between work and personal life to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Students in this course will analyse and examine fiction and non-fiction works by focusing on the following questions: What are the roles of individuals nowadays in the work force and in society? How can individuals separate professional and personal life? In which ways can traditional business roles be harmful to both men and/or women? What are individuals looking for in their profession, and how can they find fulfillment? These questions call attention not only to the ideas that are raised in the excerpt, but also to the critical thinking skills students need to use to approach and discuss a discourse in general.