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

Degree programme: Bachelor International Business Part-time
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Summer Semester 2022

Course unit title Intercultural Studies - Field Trips
Course unit code 025007045006
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Elective
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 0
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Martin HEBERTINGER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Intercultural Awareness

Course content

The course Intercultural Studies Field Trips builds upon competences acquired in the course Intercultural Awareness and provides the ability to apply and deepen these skills with regard to the project country. Students plan their own intercultural research projects and implement them together with students of the project country.

Learning outcomes

Comprehension Students understand the importance of cultural values and norms in specific countries and their influence on perception and interaction processes. Students are able to research country-related issues in detail and know how to use relevant sources and information. Application Students are able to cooperate with other students and discussion partners in the specific country and across cultural boundaries. They know how to apply their knowledge of foreign languages and use it to implement and present their own projects. Students are able to use effectively and efficiently digital platforms to work collaboratively in an international context of projects. Analysis Students are able to analyse country-specific problem situations and work out causes of misunderstandings, conflicts and friction losses. They can compare literature and their own experienced case study and critically compare results. Synthesis Students have the right mindset and tools to start and actively develop intercultural dialogue. Students are able to initiate their own project and to collaborate with students from foreign cultures. Evaluation Students are able to reflect the process of intercultural teamwork and to identify strengths and weaknesses of their own behaviour in the team.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Discussions and educational talks, project coaching, presentations by students in small groups, group and individual work with reflection

Assessment methods and criteria

Project application/proposal as a group, 25 % of the grade    Work on the project and presentation as a group, 50 % of the grade     Reflection report individually: 1 seminar paper per person, 25 % of the grade


For the two-week field trip to the respective country, project costs are incurred in the amount of approx. EUR 2,000. These costs must be borne by the students themselves. The field trip is not open for incoming students.

Recommended or required reading

Hofstede, Geert; Hofstede Gert Jan (2010): Cultures and Organizations - Software of the Mind: Intercultural Communication and Its Importance for Survival. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. Grihault, Nicki (2006): India Culture Smart!: A Quick Guide to Customs and Etiquette. London: Kuperard Publishers.  King, Anna (2007) Russia Culture Smart!: A Quick Guide to Customs and Etiquette, London: Kuperard Publishers.  Martin, Judith; Nakayama, Thomas (2012): Intercultural Communication in Contexts. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. Trompenaars, Fons; Hampten-Turner, Charles (2012): Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business. London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing. Varma, Pavan (2006): Being Indian. Inside the Real India. New York: Random House. Venkatesan, Ravi (2013): Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere. Watertown, Massachusetts: Harvard Business Review Press.

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

Face-to-face instruction with mandatory attendance and field trip to the project country