AL301408 - Understanding culture


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days A

Course content

Understanding Culture aims to develop your awareness of the meaning of culture and its importance in effective intercultural communication inside and outside the workplace. We take a critical look at different approaches used for describing and understanding different cultures as well as examples of recent research from disciplines with an interest in intercultural communication and cultural differences.You will be introduced to a range of topics including:

  • Stereotyping and 'othering'.
  • The relationship between language and culture.
  • Intercultural communication.
  • Multicultural workplaces.
  • Organisational culture.
  • Culture and leadership.
  • Technology and culture.

Learning outcome


- Know what culture means in contemporary society and understand approaches used to describe and understand cultures.
- Know what is meant by intercultural communication.
- Understand both the benefits and problems arising from working in a multicultural setting and/or with people from different cultures.
- Develop a deeper understanding of one's own cultural affiliations as well as those of others.
- Be able to communicate effectively with people from different cultures both inside and outside the workplace.
- Be able to use English as a lingua franca to discuss cultural issues both orally and in writing.
- Be able to read English articles from the popular press as well as academic journals and select key information to support one's own ideas.
- Be able to produce an academic poster and present it to an international audience.

Be able to critically analyse one's own and others' attitudes to different cultures and individuals from different cultures in order to communicate effectively.Understand one's own cultural and social identity and how it affects communication.Identify ethical issues arising from cultural differences and their effects on intercultural communication.

Learning methods and activities

- Lectures as part of interactive classes.
- Small group work, including discussions and research.
- Small group supervision sessions during the group project phase.
- Presentations.
- E-learning in a virtual classroom.

Mandatory assignments:
- A written group project. This must be written in English and submitted before the examination period starts. Final date of delivery will be given at the start of the semester.
- A group poster presentation based on the project.

Both assignments must gain a pass in order for individual students to progress to the final exam.Students who postpone the final exam are not required to submit a new project or presentation.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

A 72 hour written digital exam comprising of one 2,000 word essay. The word count should not be more than 10% above or below 2,000 words. The Title Page and Reference List are not included in this word count.Students must write answers in English.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials


A list of required reading will be made available at 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:  AUTUMN 2019

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

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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