ELS-65400 Intercultural Communication Skills


Credits 1.50

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)ir. B Brinkman
Lecturer(s)ir. B Brinkman
A Pachuau MSc
Examiner(s)ir. B Brinkman

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The module offers students of this international university the opportunity to articulate their own culture-embedded perspectives in a safe and open environment, to become sensitive to the differences which are a consequence of various cultural backgrounds, in order to be able to recognise and deal with cultural conflicts that may arise, and to gain insight into the relativity of their own perspective. The module will contribute to a better learning environment and will equip students with competencies for better professional functioning in an international context.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe several frameworks for analysing cross-cultural differences;
- apply these frameworks to presented intercultural incidents and to the cultural backgrounds of some of their fellow students;
- recognize the phases and some of the symptoms of culture shock;
- outline some of the theoretical concepts about intercultural conflicts, prejudices, norms and values;
- recognize some of these theoretical concepts in daily life and analyse and describe intercultural incidents they have experienced theirselves;
- recognize the influence of different cultural backgrounds on study methods, study motivation and behaviour in the classroom;
- describe their own culture-based values and norms and the effects on their daily functioning and their (future) professional functioning.


The theory of cross-cultural differences, culture-shock, intercultural communication, etc. will be presented in interactive sessions, but more important are active methods such as role plays, simulations, discussions, exchange of experiences among students. Plenary and small group sessions will be alternatively used.


- individual assignment on 'Exploring Culture' (60%);
- individual reflective journal (20%);
- individual summary of 'Exploring Teaching and Learning Styles' (20%).
All parts require a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


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