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Intercultural Business Communication (for intake August 2014 and after)

Code

GBE-IBC1

Version

1.0

Offered by

Global Business Engineering

ECTS

5

Prerequisites

Main purpose

The purpose of this course is to enable the student to interact successfully and competently with people from different cultures in their future professional capacities.

Knowledge

The challenge of intercultural communication including understanding culture and the alternative views of reality, the deep structures of culture, differences of perception, beliefs and values, cultural dimensions, verbal and nonverbal communication, the global market – culture and the business context,  intercultural ethics, information gathering, multi-cultural teamwork and cooperation, global job hunting. Training of language proficiency and use of English as lingua franca.

Skills

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will understand how culture affects aspects of international communication and management. Acquire a better understanding of his/her own cultural conditioning. Distinguish the major dimensions, which define cultural differences among societies or groups. Recognise the cultural variables in the communication process and what factors can cause noise in the process. Successfully manage cross-cultural communications.

Competences

  • Identify, accept and adjust to cultural similarities and differences.
  • Adjust to culturally based differences in communication style (e.g. in negotiations and in other communication situations).
  • Find, apply and evaluate literature and information in general on cultural practice in a country or region.
  • Apply communication ideas and concepts to effective practices in intercultural communication.
  • Express himself/herself fluently in English - both orally and in writing.

 

Topics

The challenge of intercultural communication including understanding culture and the alternative views of reality, the deep structures of culture, differences of perception, beliefs and values, cultural dimensions, verbal and nonverbal communication, the global market – culture and the business context,  intercultural ethics, information gathering, multi-cultural teamwork and cooperation, global job hunting. Training of language proficiency and use of English as lingua franca.

Teaching methods and study activities

A combination of tutorials, lectures, student presentations, exercises, role-plays, cases, written assignments and group discussions. Expected workload:  137.5 hours of student work.

Resources

Title of textbook will be given at the beginning of the course.

Evaluation

Oral examination. External examiner. All books, notes and papers are allowed. 24 hours before the date of examination, the student gets the exam topic. At the examination emphasis is put on the inclusion of relevant theory, the student’s presentation techniques and the use of correct ”Business English.”

Examination

​30-minute oral examination


Please note that re-examinations may take a different form than the ordinary exams.

Grading criteria

One mark according to the Danish 7-point scale.
 
The mark A (12 for full-degree students) is given for an excellent performance.
 
The mark E (02 for full-degree students) is given for an adequate performance (pass mark).

Additional information

Responsible

Hanne Larsen

Valid from

2/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Project and English

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