SANT3600 - Cultural Understanding and International Working Relations


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
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 therefore on culture both internationally and within organisations and teams. The course is explicitly aimed at civil engineers and their need for cultural understanding in international operations.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Students shall acquire knowledge about
- the meaning of the cultural dimension on several levels: in team-based collaboration, in organisations and in geographical regions
- particular traits of Norwegian and Nordic working culture
- key characteristics of main geographical cultural areas.

Skills: Students shall learn to
- handle and reflect on culture and cultural differences
- understand the dynamics of cross-cultural relations
- independently learn about cultural conditions in relevant areas
- reflect on their own culture in meetings with others.

Competence: Students shall develop competence in
- international collaboration and network building
- cultural understanding as a basis for constructive interaction with other cultures
- cross-cultural communication
- the social consequences and social responsibility relating to industrial and commercial activities, innovation and development aid.

Learning methods and activities

The lectures/seminars will have an emphasis on active participation by the students and a practical approach to the learning objectives.

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.
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.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Course materials will be announced at the start of the semester

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 2

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 form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn 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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