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Intercultural Communication

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Intercultural Communication
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
International Project Semester, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020
Module code: IPS.IC
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.
1VU (1 hour 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: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Attendance & participation in class

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

IPS.IC (P231-0152) International Project Semester, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , semester 1, mandatory course

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
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).
15 class hours (= 11.25 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 15 hours (equivalent to 0.5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 3.75 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Dr. Julia Frisch

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will be able:
- to identify and discuss essential aspects of intercultural communication,
- to establish a connection between theoretical models and practical intercultural issues,
- to identify and analyze reasons for misunderstandings between members of different cultures,
- to understand their personal and professional life in relation to their own culture, the culture of team members and the culture of their host country,
- to organize group work in a multicultural team,
- to identify and solve conflicts a multicultural team,
- to improve their empathy towards others and their intercultural communication skills,
- to show compromise, tolerance, and respect for others,
- to further develop of confidence in themselves and trust in others.

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Module content:
Discussion of fundamental questions of intercultural communication:
- Culture and cultural identity
- Dealing with prejudices and stereotypes
- Acculturation and culture shock
- Verbal and non-verbal communication
- Examples of culture models and intercultural communication strategies
Discussion of issues relating to collaboration in multicultural teams:
- Establishing ground rules for the team
- Dealing with conflict
Case studies and examples will be adapted to the needs of the students.

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Recommended or required reading:
Hofstede, G., Hofstede, G. and Minkov, M., 2010. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill.
Lewis, R., 2018. When Cultures Collide: Leading Across Cultures. 4th ed. Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
Required online reading and further literature will be given to participants during the course.

[updated 26.08.2022]
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