Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Intercultural Awareness

Degree programme Mechatronics
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Bachelor
Winter Semester 2024
Course unit title Intercultural Awareness
Course unit code 024506039005
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Elective
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) Dermot MC KINNEY
Requirements and Prerequisites


Course content
  • Definition of culture and cultural identity
  • Values, norms and codes of conduct in different cultures
  • Intercultural dilemmas in the workplace
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Cultural comparisons, stereotypes and prejudices
  • Interview techniques and negotiation skills
Learning outcomes
  • Students know the importance of cultural differences and their impact on human behaviour and cognitive processes such as perception and evaluation.
  • They know the importance of different cultural origins in terms of understanding and communication.
  • They know cultural stereotypes and prejudices and are able to transfer them to different cultures.
  • Students understand the cultural influence on perception and interaction processes and can deal with a change of perspective and empathise with other cultures without falling into stereotypes.
  • They understand the importance of cultural values and norms and their effects.
  • In the context of interaction and communication situations, students apply cultural knowledge and are able to cooperate across cultural borders in a reflective way.
  • They apply discussion rules to ensure mutual understanding.
  • Students are able to analyse cultural problems situations and work out causes of misunderstandings, conflicts and losses of friction.
  • Students have the appropriate attitude and tools to start an intercultural dialogue.
  • They are considerate while interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds and are able to communicate and work with their team members in a respectful way.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Lectures
  • Discussions and educational talks
  • Group and individual work with case studies
  • Business games and role playing to promote experiential learning.
Assessment methods and criteria

Paper, written individually

Reflection report on ones own experience in an intercultural context


Participation in this course is a prerequisite for (voluntary) participation in the study trip (eh. "Field Trip") for part-time students.


Recommended or required reading
  • Utley, Derek (2004): Cross-Cultural Resource Pack Intercultural communication resources for language: Intermediate to advanced. Stuttgart: Klett Verlag.
  • Matsumoto, David (Hrsg) (2011): Culture and Psychology. 5th International edition. Endover: Cengage Learning Emea.
  • Kumbruck, Christel; Derboven, Wibke (2009): Interkulturelles Training. Heidelberg: Springer.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face instruction with mandatory attendance