Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme:Bachelor Computer Science - Software and Information Engineering
Type of degree:FH BachelorĀ“s Degree Programme
 Summer Semester 2022

Course unit titleEnglish 6: Intercultural Communication
Course unit code0247606091
Language of instructionEnglish
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is deliveredSummer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week2
Year of study2022
Level of course unit (e.g. first, second or third cycle)First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated3
Name of lecturer(s)Roland PETERSTORFER

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Taking Milton Bennetts definition of intercultural communication as the ability to effectively communicate in multicultural situations and to interact in an appropriate manner in different cultures, this seminar deals with the cognitive, affective and behavioural aspects of culture and communication and focuses on the following: _intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding of self and awareness of other; _knowledge about how and why symbols, rules, norms and values etc. are culturally determined; _skills for orientating oneself in a foreign culture; _knowledge about ones own culture; _knowledge about foreign cultures (exploration of Vorarlberg); _intercultural communication and the workplace.

Learning outcomes

The students are able to: _define concepts of intercultural communication; _further develop competency in the area of intercultural communication; _identify differences and similarities in language use and non-verbal communication between various cultures and compare these; _compare value systems of single cultures and describe consequences in various contexts.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Discussions in small and large groups Readings Excursions

Assessment methods and criteria

Active participation, exam, presentation


The success of this class depends to a large extent on the active participation and input of students.

Recommended or required reading

Hofstede, Geert. Cultures Consequences: International Differences in Work-Related Values. Newbury Park CA: Sage, 1980 Bennet, Milton. Baisc Concepts of Intercultural Communication. Selected Readings. Yarmouth: Intercultural Press, 1999

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)


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