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Exploring Austrian Culture and Values

Degree programme International Business Administration
Subject area Business and Management
Type of degree Bachelor
Summer Semester 2024
Course unit title Exploring Austrian Culture and Values
Course unit code 800301020109
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Natasha DOSHI
Requirements and Prerequisites

English at min. B2 level

Course content

The term culture will be discussed and elaborated as well as what the "Austrian Culture" might be - from the perspective of international students as well as of Austrians

The historical context and development will also be explored and students will gain insights into major differences between Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In addition, typical situations of everyday life will be analysed and compared to students own cultural background (e.g. family life, work life, studies, urban life, etc.)

A strong focus will also be placed on the value system (both Austrian values as well as EU values) and students will have the opportunity to explore how this has an impact on individual priorities and decisions.

Students will be able to learn and experience this topic both in- and outside the class-room as two field-trips are part of this course.

Learning outcomes

 After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • discuss the terms culture and values
  • point out some specific aspects of Austrian Culture
  • recognise typical Austrian and EU values
  • recognise and discuss differences between their own culture
  • understand the historical and cultural context and express their insights in different media formats (e.g. short video, podcast, game, photography, text, sketching, etc.)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Short inputs, pair and group work, research work, presentations, excursions;

Assessment methods and criteria

Presentation, portfolio, active participation;


Active participation is essential for this course.

Recommended or required reading

All material will be provided either on ILIAS or directly by the lecturer. 

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)