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Intercultural Competence

Module name (EN): Intercultural Competence
Degree programme: International Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020
Module code: BITM-430
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 4SU (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 5
Semester: 4
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Term paper with presentation (can be repeated annually)

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
BITM-430 International Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2013, semester 4, mandatory course
BITM-430 International Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2015, semester 4, mandatory course
BITM-430 International Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017, semester 4, mandatory course
BITM-430 International Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020, semester 4, mandatory course

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
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):
BITM-112 Principles of the Tourism Sector

[updated 06.03.2020]
Recommended as prerequisite for:
BITM-W-06 Cultural Management

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Heuwinkel
Prof. Dr. Petra Garnjost
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Heuwinkel
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jensen
Dipl.-Sportwiss. Susanne Seeliger

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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