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

Degree programme:Bachelor Mechatronics Part-time
Type of degree:FH BachelorĀ“s Degree Programme
 Winter Semester 2022

Course unit titleIntercultural Awareness
Course unit code024525236104
Language of instructionEnglish
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is deliveredWinter 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)Dermot MC KINNEY

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content
  • Definition of culture and cultural identity
  • Values, norms and codes of conduct in different cultures
  • Intercultural dilemmas in the workplace
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Cultural comparisons, stereotypes and prejudices
  • Interview techniques and negotiation skills
Learning outcomes
  • Students know the importance of cultural differences and their impact on human behaviour and cognitive processes such as perception and evaluation.
  • They know the importance of different cultural origins in terms of understanding and communication.
  • They know cultural stereotypes and prejudices and are able to transfer them to different cultures.
  • Students understand the cultural influence on perception and interaction processes and can deal with a change of perspective and empathise with other cultures without falling into stereotypes.
  • They understand the importance of cultural values and norms and their effects.
  • In the context of interaction and communication situations, students apply cultural knowledge and are able to cooperate across cultural borders in a reflective way.
  • They apply discussion rules to ensure mutual understanding.
  • Students are able to analyse cultural problems situations and work out causes of misunderstandings, conflicts and losses of friction.
  • Students have the appropriate attitude and tools to start an intercultural dialogue.
  • They are considerate while interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds and are able to communicate and work with their team members in a respectful way.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, discussions and educational talks, group and individual work with case studies, business games and role playing to promote experiential learning.

Assessment methods and criteria

Paper, written individually: 50 % of the grade
Reflection report on ones own experience in an intercultural context, 50 % of the grade



Recommended or required reading
  • Utley, Derek (2004): Cross-Cultural Resource Pack Intercultural communication resources for language: Intermediate to advanced. Stuttgart: Klett Verlag.
  • Matsumoto, David (Hrsg) (2011): Culture and Psychology. 5th International edition. Endover: Cengage Learning Emea.
  • Kumbruck, Christel; Derboven, Wibke (2009): Interkulturelles Training. Heidelberg: Springer.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face instruction with mandatory attendance

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