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

Intercultural Communication

Degree programme Computer Science - Software and Information Engineering
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Bachelor
Winter Semester 2024
Course unit title Intercultural Communication
Course unit code 024717050901
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
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) Roland PETERSTORFER
Requirements and Prerequisites


Course content

Taking Milton Bennetts definition of intercultural communication as the ability to effectively communicate in multicultural situations and to interact in an appropriate manner in different cultures, this seminar deals with the cognitive, affective and behavioural aspects of culture and communication and focuses on the following:

  • intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding of oneself and awareness of others;
  • knowledge about how and why symbols, rules, norms and values etc. are culturally determined;
  • skills for orientating oneself in a foreign culture;
  • knowledge about ones own culture;
  • knowledge about foreign cultures;
  • intercultural communication and the workplace.
Learning outcomes

The students are able to: Define concepts of intercultural communication; Further develop competency in the area of intercultural communication; Identify differences and similarities in language use and non-verbal communication between various cultures and compare these; Compare value systems of single cultures and describe their consequences in various contexts.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

PBL, group discussions, readings, excursion

Assessment methods and criteria
  • Research Project (Project Report) 60%
  • Project Presentation 10%
  • In-Class Work/Participation 30% 

For a positive grade, overall across all compulsory parts of the examination a minimum of 50% of the possible points must be achieved AND in the following parts of the examination a minimum of 50% of the points must be achieved:

  • Research Project (Project Report) 60%
  • Project Presentation 10%

The success of this class depends to a large extent on the active participation and input of students.

Recommended or required reading
  • Bennet, Dr Milton J. (2013): Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication. Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd.
  • Hofstede, Geert (2003): Culture's Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutions and Organizations Across Nations. 2 Revised edition. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications Ltd. 
  • Hofstede, Geert; Hofstede, Gert Jan; Minkov, Michael (2010): Cultures and Organizations - Software of the Mind: Intercultural Cooperation and Its Importance for Survival. 3., revised edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education Ltd.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)