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Intercultural Communication

Module name (EN): Intercultural Communication
Degree programme: International Project Semester, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020
Module code: IPS.IC
SAP-Submodule-No.: P231-0123
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 1V (1 hour per week)
ECTS credits: 0,5
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Presentation of 45 min.

[updated 16.04.2020]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
IPS.IC (P231-0123) International Project Semester, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020, semester 1, mandatory course

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
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

[updated 01.07.2022]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will be able:
- to know essential aspects of intercultural communication,
- to establish a theoretical and practical connection to intercultural concerns,
- to provide a general overview of personal and professional life relevant aspects of intercultural communication,
- to identify and analyze reasons for misunderstandings between members of different cultures,
- to organize group work in a multicultural team,
- to identify and solve conflicts in teams,
- to improve their empathy, communication skills,
- to show respect for others, compromise, and tolerance,
- to development of confidence in themselves and trust in other people,
- to write and communicate about cultural matters.

[updated 21.04.2020]
Module content:
Discussion of fundamental questions of intercultural communication:
- Culture and cultural identity
- Dealing with prejudices and stereotypes
- Communication and culture (How does communication work and what role can cultural
   factors play in it?)
- Verbal and non-verbal communication
- Acculturation/Culture shock
- Intercultural communication strategies
- Influence of hierarchy and power relationships on intercultural communication-
- Diversity management
- Globalization and its influences on culture and intercultural communication
Case studies and examples will be adapted to the needs of the students.

[updated 16.04.2020]
Recommended or required reading:
- Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, and Michael Minkov, Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. Revised and expanded 3rd Edition. 550 pages. New York: McGraw-Hill USA, 2010,
- Richard Lewis: When cultures collide
- Schneider/Barsoux, Managing Across Cultures, Harlow (UK)
- Deresky, Global Management, New Jersey
- Rothlauf, Interkulturelles Management, München/Wien
- Rodrigues, C.; International Management: A Cultural Approach, Cincinnati (Ohio)
- additional literature on selected national cultures
- A literature list with further sources will be given to the participants at the beginning of the course

[updated 16.04.2020]
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