The course is included in these curricula and study modules

The course takes place in period

  • 3 (2022-01-01 to 2022-03-13)
  • 4 (2022-03-14 to 2022-07-31)


General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to develop an
understanding of various cultures, and learn how
cultures affect e.g. communication styles,
business environments and leadership styles.

The aim is also to develop basic understanding of
some of the main cultural theories, and to learn
to apply the theories in various intercultural

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected
-know how to appreciate different cultures and
cultural features
-understand how cultures influence business
-understand different cultural theories, and have
skills to apply the theories in various
intercultural settings
-be able to analyze his/her own culture

Course contents

Basic culture theories
Nordic culture
Multicultural organizations
Organization theories
Company and organizational culture
Nonverbal communication

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names


Additional information

The assignments in this course can NOT be
completed later (after the deadline had passed)
NO compensations can be done, if you for some
reason are not able to participate in compulsory
guest lectures you just miss those points. Be
sure to complete all the assignments in
itslearning. If you do not reach the minimum
requirement for this course 50 points you have
take the course again following year.

Recommended or required reading

EXAMBOOK: Intercultural Communication for Global
Business: How leaders communicate for success.
Tuleja Elisabeth A. (2017) Routledge, Taylor &
How Google Works,Eric Schmidt and Jonathan
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a
Better Life , Anu Partanen,
Intercultural Communication, in the Global
Workplace, Varner &
Intercultural Business Communication, Chaney L.
Martin J.
Organisationer och kulturer,Geert Hofstede &
Jan Hofstede
Lund : Studentlitteratur, 2005
2006 Prentice Hall
ISBN-10: 0131860097
Guirdham, M. 2005, Communicating across cultures
at work, Palgrave Macmillan, New York
Samovar, L. et. al, 2010, Communication between
cultures, Boston, MA : Wadsworth

Study activities

  • Lectures - 35 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Practical exercises - 30 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 40 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Assignments in workshops

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the
following examinations:
Examination 1: Book exam (50% of the points
required for passing)
Examination 2: Guest lectures*)
Examination 3: Workshops *)
*)These assignments can NOT be retaken or
completed later

Total points in course 100 points. More details
on examination will be presented during


  • Halmén Mia
  • Kietz Tove
  • Pehrsson Patrik
  • Tigerstedt Christa


Halmén Mia

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

see ARBS

Course enrolment period

2021-12-24 to 2022-01-20

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Other assignments

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