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Intercultural Competence

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Intercultural Competence
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
International Business, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017
Module code: BIBW-410
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
4SU (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 4
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Term paper with presentation (can be repeated annually)

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

BIBW-410 (P420-0193) International Business, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2013 , semester 4, mandatory course
BIBW-410 (P420-0193) International Business, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017 , semester 4, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
BIBW-250 Soft Skills and Office Management

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Recommended as prerequisite for:
BIBW-510 Study Abroad (practical study phase)

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jensen
Prof. Dr. Petra Garnjost
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Heuwinkel
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jensen

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Learning outcomes:
Learning outcomes/skills:
After successfully completing this module, students will, _
_ be able to explain and apply central concepts of cultural theory,
_ be able to provide an overview of management styles and dos + don´ts in the day-to-day business of selected national cultures,
_ be capable of explaining the specifics of selected national cultures with regard to history, national culture, economic situation and touristic highlights,
_ be able to independently research content on selected national cultures and evaluate it on the basis of specified criteria,
_ be able to work in a group successfully and independently in a goal-oriented manner and within a sepcific time limit. This includes the independent distribution of work packages within the group, their individual preparation by the respective group members and a group presentation. This also includes resolving any conflicts that might arise within the group or escalating them to the lecturers.
_ Students will be able to prepare a written paper in English, taking into account scientific principles, and deliver a presentation in English within a specified timeframe.

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Module content:
_ Knowledge from the field of cultural research, for example by participating in the European Spring Academy in cooperation with the European Academy Otzenhausen.
_ This interdisciplinary course will make students familiar with the culture, as well as the economic and touristic core data of a country and their influence on management styles and practices in everyday business, based on current topics (partly supplemented by excursions).
_ Structured discussions and exercises.
_ Structured project work in a team with a written composition and presentation of the team´s results using modern presentation techniques.

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture with high student participation, discussions, group work, group presentations, written compositions

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Recommended or required reading:
Always the latest edition:
_ Deresky, Global Management, New Jersey
_ Hofstede/Hofstede/Minkov, Cultures and Organizations, McGrawHill (USA)
_ Lewis, When Cultures Collide Nicholas Brealey International, (USA)
_ Rothlauf, Interkulturelles Management, München/Wien
_ Rodrigues, C.; International Management: A Cultural Approach, Cincinnati (Ohio)
_ Schneider/Barsoux, Managing Across Cultures, Harlow (UK)
Additional literature on selected national cultures.

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