AL301408 - Understanding culture


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral 100/100 2 hours

Course content

This course aims to develop your understanding of culture and its importance in business and finance. We examine different approaches used for describing and understanding different cultures (national and organisational), using case studies, student-led presentations, and recent research from disciplines with an interest in culture and intercultural communication.

You will be introduced to a range of topics including:

  • International workplaces
  • Organisational culture and leadership
  • Intercultural communication
  • Finance and culture
  • Technology and culture
  • Ethics and culture
  • Stereotyping and 'othering'

Learning outcome

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Define key concepts, such as culture, cultural diversity, and organizational culture
  • Evaluate different approaches to understanding and studying culture
  • Analyze one’s own and others’ attitudes and reactions to different cultures
  • Explain key concepts, models, and theories in the literature on organizational cultures and how they apply to strategy, leadership, and innovation
  • Appraise the impact of ethics on intercultural communication
  • Propose solutions to challenges of working in multicultural settings
  • Use English as a lingua franca to discuss cultural issues orally and in writing
  • Critically analyze course materials (including original research)
  • Select key information to support one’s ideas
  • Apply what you have learned to problem-centered course assignments

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures with a focus on student interaction
  • Visiting guest lectures
  • Small group work, including discussions and research
  • Presentations
  • E-learning in a virtual classroom

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment
  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

Mandatory assignments:

There will be up to six obligatory assessments during the course. The number will be decided by the beginning of the course. These are pass/fail, however, they must pass at level A, B, or C according to the grading descriptors. Those at level, D or E will be considered as not passed. All obligatory assessments must be passed in order to qualify for the final exam.

The final exam is an oral exam. Details will be provided at the start of the semester.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Course materials will be available by the beginning of the course.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Economics and Administration
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of International Business


Examination arrangement: Home examination and assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Home examination 70/100 ALLE





Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Oral

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Oral 100/100 2023-05-04 08:00
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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