TS500313 - Cultural understanding and communication


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Report 100/100

Course content

Critical thinking Various cultural definitions and concepts. Culture in light of history and religion. The interface between culture and management. The interface between culture and corporate culture. The interface between nationality, culture and cultural subgroups like profession, sex etc. Reflect over the relationship between culture and individual differences. New research directions

Learning outcome

Learning outcome: be able to use concepts and models in relations to culture has thorough knowledge of the scholarly theories and methods in the field of leadership hold advanced knowledge regarding culture and culture differences in organizations with an international working milieu, as well as intercultural communication and mangement. This will be illustrated through empirical examples from, amongst others, petro-maritime companies. be able to analyze cultural dilemmas with basis in cultural dimensions, history and religion. be able to use cultural dimensions to interpret other people's choices and actions in concrete situations be able to analyze and reflect on his/her own cultural and professional identity be able to analyze national and cultural issues which impact on the daily running of an organization, so that they may be utilized in strategies and planning

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods and activities: Lectures, individual and group exercises (some to be presented in class), and simulations (table-top) to ensure a thorough understanding of how the theory can be applied in realistic situations Mandatory Requirements: Each group is required to present 1 - 2 group exercises. Students are expected to be present minimum 80 % of the time meant for group exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

Exam: Individual report (min. 10 - 15 pages) based on a voluntary (but accepted) situation. The student is expected to present and discuss several theoretical perspectives on practical problems and possible solutions with basis in cultural dimensions, history and religion. The report shall be submitted in NTNU's Digital Exam System INSPERA as one pdf-file.

The student must have 80% attendance in the course in order to register for the exam. Special cases are assessed individually by submitting an application to the Study Program Manager.

Re-sit examination: Students who failed the exam or have a legitimate leave of absence from the exam, will be allowed to re-sit the exam during the next semester.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Management of Demanding Marine Operations (MLAKMO)
Operational Maritime Management (830MDO)

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Organization and Leadership
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Report

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Report 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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