Intercultural Business Communication

Study Board of Business Economics

Teaching language: English
EKA: B100054402
Censorship: Second examiner: None
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Soenderborg
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Bachelor

Course ID: B100054401
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 20-03-2018


Duration: 1 semester

Course ID

B100054401

Course Title

Intercultural Business Communication

Teaching language

English

ECTS value

5

Responsible study board

Study Board of Business Economics

Date of Approval

20-03-2018

Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Simon Fietze simonf@sam.sdu.dk

Offered in

Soenderborg

Level

Bachelor

Offered in

Autumn

Duration

1 semester

Mandatory prerequisites

None.

Aim and purpose

In a globalised world, intercultural communication occurs in everyday life, in education, business, media, organisations, and institutions at national and international levels. Only an interculturally competent person can bridge the existing cultural and linguistic barriers. Therefore, the purpose of the course is to introduce the students to global cultural practices, and communication in business, workplaces, media, texts. Consequently, the students shall develop the analytical skills required when dealing with different types of communication (e. g. negotiations, teamwork, business communication, and presentations). Finally, reflection on intercultural encounters, intercultural learning, and intercultural competence is going to result in new perspectives for an intercultural professional life. 

Content

The teaching will focus on students gaining:
• Understanding of intercultural communication, intercultural learning, and intercultural competence.
• Knowledge of central theories on intercultural communication (e.g. functionalist, symbolic, and social constructionist approaches).
• Knowledge and awareness of the role of cultures, languages, and identities in an intercultural encounter including verbal as well as non-verbal communication.
• Proficiency in English and English technical terms in relation to theory and intercultural communication.

Learning goals

The teaching will focus on students gaining: 
  • Understanding of intercultural communication, intercultural learning, and intercultural competence. 
  • Knowledge of central theories on intercultural communication (e.g. functionalist, symbolic, and social constructionist approaches). 
  • Knowledge and awareness of the role of cultures, languages, and identities in an intercultural encounter including verbal as well as  non-verbal communication. 

Literature

To be announced just before the beginning of course. See Blackboard.

Teaching Method

There are 2 lessons per week for 15 weeks.

To enable the students to achieve the learning outcomes of the course, the teaching is organised in the following way: 

  • Lectures, class-room discussions, practical exercises in groups, and student presentations.  



Workload

Activity 
Classroom teaching30 hrs
Preparation for classes 52 hrs
Preparation for oral presentation5 hrs
Practical group exercise15 hrs
Exam preparation29 hrs
Exam4 hrs
Total135 hrs

Examination regulations

Examination

Name

Examination

Timing

Ordinary examination in January. Reexamination in February.

Registration for the course is automatically a registration for the ordinary examination of the course. Cancellation is not possible. If the student does not participate in the examination, the student will use an examination attempt. 

The university may grant an exemption from the rules in case of exceptional circumstances.

Please note that the type and form of the re-examination may differ from that of the ordinary examination.

Tests

Examination

Name

Examination

Form of examination

Written in situ exam

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

7-point grading scale

Identification

Student Identification Card - Exam number

Language

English

Duration

4 hours

Examination aids

The examination is held using the student’s own PC with wireless network access to the university.

Students are not allowed to communicate. 

Assignment handin

Only digital submission, via SDUassignment in the course page in Blackboard.

ECTS value

5

EKA

B100054402

External comment

NOTE - This course is identical with the former course Intercultural Business Communication, teaching activity id: 9069201,  
Used examination attempts in the former identical course will be transferred.
Courses that are identical with former courses that are passed according to applied rules cannot be retaken.

The student is automatically registered for the first examination attempt when the student is registered for a course or course element with which one or more examinations are associated. Withdrawal of registration is not possible, and students who fail to participate in an examination have used one examination attempt, unless the University has made an exemption due to special circumstances. 
If a student does not meet the established university prerequisites for taking the exam, he or she has used one examination attempt, unless the University has made an exemption due to special circumstances.

NOTE - The number of students enrolled may be restricted by the Study Board. If the enrolment limit is exceeded preference is granted to full degree students following a compulsory course on a SDU programme. Within the limit, full degree students having selected the course as an elective, guest and exchange students are offered enrolment on a first come first served basis. 

Exchange students, if any: Internal grading. Assessment as for ordinary students.

Courses offered

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