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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 Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017
Module code: BITM-430
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)

[updated 21.03.2018]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

BITM-430 (P440-0068) International Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2013 , semester 4, mandatory course
BITM-430 (P440-0068) International Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2015 , semester 4, mandatory course
BITM-430 (P440-0068) International Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017 , semester 4, mandatory course
BITM-430 (P440-0068) International Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , semester 4, 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).
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):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Heuwinkel
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Heuwinkel

[updated 26.06.2017]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will _
- be capable of explaining the specifics of selected national cultures with regard to history, national culture, economic situation and touristic highlights,
- be able to provide an overview of management styles and dos + don´ts in the day-to-day business of selected national cultures,
- 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 specific 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.

[updated 17.09.2018]
Module content:
- Knowledge from the field of cultural research, for example by participating in the Summer European Academy in cooperation with the Texas A&M University or the European Spring Academy in cooperation with the Singapore Management University (SMU)
- This interdisciplinary course will make students familiar with the history and 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, exercises and workshops
- Structured project work in a team
- Written composition and presentation of the results using modern presentation techniques.

[updated 17.09.2018]
Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture with a high degree of student participation, discussions, group work, group presentations, written compositions

[updated 21.03.2018]
Recommended or required reading:
Always the latest edition:
- Lewis, When Cultures Collide Nicholas Brealey International, (USA)
- Hofstede/Hofstede/Minkov, Cultures and Organizations, McGrawHill (USA)
- 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.

[updated 17.09.2018]
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