SANT3600 - Cultural Understanding and International Working Relations


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 1/2
Oral examination 1/2

Course content

The course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to cultural understanding as a tool to handle challenges related to internationalisation of work. The aim is to enable the students to deal with cultural differences at several levels. The focus is on culture both internationally and within organisations and teams. The focus is also on developing skills related to extensive use of digital communication tools and emerging technologies for collaboration. The course is explicitly aimed at civil engineers and their need for cultural understanding in international operations.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • Demonstrate knowledge about the cultural dimension in team-based collaboration across cognitive, organizational and geographical distance.
  • Have in-depth knowledge about Nordic working culture


  • Can deal with culture and cultural differences in international operations.
  • Reflect on their own culture in meetings with others.
  • Facilitate and implement cooperation through technological platforms, such as e-mail, digital meetings, VR-rooms etc.
  • Can deal with the practicalities of international cooperation

General competence

  • Demonstrate competence in collaboration and network building on an international arena and technological platforms.
  • Ability to do intercultural communication and collaboration in international work operations.

Learning methods and activities

A combination of lectures and group-based seminars that will facilitate a practical approach to the learning objectives. The teaching is organized through two group assignments. Students will learn how to use the curriculum through the practical group assignments. It is expected that the students participate actively in the group work. The group assignments will be presented by the groups in a plenary session.

Please note that mandatory activities and lectures may start prior to the registration deadline.

Mandatory activity

The mandatory activity in this course consists of forming the groups who will work together in completing the two group assignments. Information about the mandatory activities in this course will be available to you in the beginning of the semester. The mandatory activity will be assessed as approved or not approved. In order to be qualified for the exam, the mandatory assignment has to be approved.

Compulsory assignments

  • Group assignment

Further on evaluation

The exam consists of two oral group exams. In order to pass the course, both parts of the oral examination must be assessed as E or better.

Retake exam

Retaking of a passed exam can only be carried out in the semester in which the course ordinarily is lectured. A retake exam has the same examination form as the regular exam. Both oral examinaitions must be carried out upon retaking an exam.

Course materials

The reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Anthropology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Anthropology


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 1/2
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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