KIE-08007 Intercultural Communication Skills, 3-5 cr

Additional information

-Students will be accepted to the course according to the time of sign-up and priority will be given to TAU students, for whom the course is compulsory.

-Please enroll in the waiting list if the course is full because it is still highly probable you will get a place in the course.

-In this course, students decide if they want to work for 3, 4 or 5 credits. This can be decided when they start the course.

Person responsible

Carlos Mendoza Santana


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
KIE-08007 2019-01 1 - 2 Carlos Mendoza Santana
-80% compulsory attendance to the face-to-face meetings is required.
KIE-08007 2019-02 1 - 2 Carlos Mendoza Santana
KIE-08007 2019-03 2 - 4 Carlos Mendoza Santana
80% compulsory attendance to the face-to-face meetings.
KIE-08007 2019-04 3 - 4 Carlos Mendoza Santana
80% compulsory attendance to the face-to-face meetings
KIE-08007 2019-05 3 - 4 Carlos Mendoza Santana
80% compulsory attendance for the face-to-face meetings

Learning Outcomes

This course develops students intercultural communication skills through short lectures, practical exercises and multicultural teamwork in face-to-face and online environments. The multicultural groups consist of both local and international students, which allows the students to learn and practice intercultural communication with each other in each class and teamwork. At the end of the course students will be able to: identify different cultural communication patterns, concepts of time, politeness and work values in social, academic and professional environments . describe adaptation processes to cultural foreign environments and to multicultural settings. identify the influence and importance of nonverbal communication and the relation of language and thought in cross-cultural collaboration. apply strategies to enhance collaboration in multicultural teams independently explore, analyze, and give suggestion to overcome critical incidents in social, professional and academic settings.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. -Cultural assumptions and attitudes towards communication, space, time and politeness -Cultural dimensions      
2. -Language patterns and multilingualism in the academic and workplace -Nonverbal communication -Relation between language and thought      
3. -Environmental influences in intercultural encounters -Intercultural communication and its interdisciplinary base      
4. -Model of development of intercultural sensitivity -Culture shock, learning shock and reverse culture shock -Critical incident analysis of intercultural misunderstandings and clashes      

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

To achieve the learning outcomes, students will: complete a minimum of 80% attendance in the face-to-face lessons scheduled in the course. watch videos/read material and then take part in group discussions online and face-to-face. give and receive feedback from other students and the instructor. work actively in a multicultural team with local and international students. elaborate a final group project related to intercultural communication. Grading scale is numeric 0-5

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
KIE-08007 Intercultural Communication Skills, 3-5 cr KIE-08006 Intercultural Communication Skills, 3 cr  

Updated by: Mendoza Santana Carlos, 29.03.2019