Extension studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

to provide the student with the basic skills (s)he needs in order to
succeed in today's multicultural society

Learning outcomes

to be able to demonstrate detailed understanding of the
influences culture has on communication in an international
to be able to communicate effectively in encounters between
people from diverse cultural backgrounds by being e.g. ready to
shift frames of reference.

Course contents

All behavior is communicating, and we cannot not communicate.
A person communicates in great part by nonverbal
communications, such as gestures, facial expressions, tone of
voice, dress, body language, rituals. Most of our behavior is
unconscious, and therefore we communicate unconsciously
throughout the day.
- Culture and Communication
- The Role of Language in Intercultural Business Communication
- Getting to Know Another Culture
- Individuals and Groups in Business Cultures
- Nonverbal Intercultural Communication
- Value dimensions
- Intercultural COmmunication in the Business Context

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names

Business Communication

Additional information


Recommended or required reading

Managing Cultural Differences, Philip R. Harris

Communicating Across Cultures, Stella Ting-Toomey, ISBN: 1-
Intercultural Communiction in the Global Workplace, Iris Varner,
Linda Beamer
Doing Business Internationally,Doing Business Internationally:
The Guide to Cross-Cultural Success (2nd Edition)
Doing Business Internationally, Danielle Walker, Thomas Walker
& Joerg Schmitz.
2003. New York: McGraw Hill
ISBN 0-07-137832-4

Additional readings might be provided throughout the course.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 8 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 20 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 15 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Exams (written-, oral-, home-)

Assessment requirements

In order to get a pass in the course the student needs to hand in all
assignments by deadline and also get a pass in the exam.


Tefke Martina


Tefke Martina

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

2014-10-22 - Exams

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