4607700: CF_Intercultural Communication

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Semester:WS 18/19
Scheduled in semester:1-6
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Self-directed study time:67.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration (01.09.2012)
Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)
Bachelor's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)
Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Finance (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Entrepreneurship (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Entrepreneurship and Management (01.09.2018)


  • Concepts, theories and models of intercultural communication
  • Intercultural management, intercultural leadership
  • Cultural dimensions in societies
  • The value systems in cultures and their relationship to human behaviour
  • Eurocentrism versus ethnopluralism
  • Stereotypes, xenophobia and multiculturalism

Learning Outcomes

Participants are able …

  • to explain the basic concepts and theories of intercultural communication
  • to analyse intercultural communication situations
  • to describe their own and foreign value systems
  • to apply intercultural insights in a work environment
  • to do presentations in English

Intercultural communication skills are regarded as key competencies and therefore an important asset in a globalized labour market.


Lectures Method

Activity-oriented motivating workshops with lecture segments

Admission Requirements

Recommended: Conversation level of English knowledge


Trompenaars, F., Hampden-Turner, Ch. (2012). Riding the Waves of Culture - Understanding Diversity in Global Business. London: McGraw-Hill.

Gibson, R. (2010). Intercultural Business Communication. Berlin: Cornelsen.

House et. al (2004). Culture, Leadership, and Organization. The GLOBE Study of 62 Societies. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Exam Modalities

assessment tasks:
part A: 50 % intercultural video-clip (group work)
part B: 25 % intercultural diary (individual work / 4 entries)
Part C: 25 % written summary of the reading assignment

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)


passed / failed

  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations and active participation are an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence


Cross-faculty elective subject:
Notice the special Multi-stage allocation process.


  • P-FU_Intercultural Communication (WS 18/19, in Planung)