TIE-40207 Cross-Cultural Design, 5 cr

Additional information

Suitable for postgraduate studies.

Person responsible

Aino Ahtinen, Kaisa Väänänen


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
TIE-40207 2019-01 3 Aino Ahtinen
-Group assignment including active participation to the tasks, literature review, report writing and presentation
-Individual assignment

For all of the partial requirements, half of the maximum points are needed to pass the course.

Learning Outcomes

After the course the student can explain what are multi-cultural and global design and how one can make sure that a product fits to different cultures. The student can define what culture as a concept means, what kind of levels of culture there are, how cultures differ from each other and how they affect on interaction and experience with products. The student can explain different approaches and methods related to multi-cultural design, and critically apply the learnings from the course to the cross-cultural design in practice. One can communicate with representatives of different cultures as a target user group as well as team members, and study their needs and expectations of technology.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. The meaning of culture in designing and using technology   Familiarizes with theories of culture, different cultures and makes points of the culturally dependent aspects in the globalizing world   
2. The basic concepts of cross-cultural design   Generates insights based on the basic concepts of cross-cultural design and communicates them actively with others in the course   
3. Theories of cultural differences (e.g. meta-models and cultural models) and how they can be utilized in design   Interactively generate knowledge and insights about cultural differences   Combine information from different sources (learnings from the course, extra material, own experience) and apply insights innovatively to the cross-cultural design work 
4. Methods of cross-cultural design and evaluation in foreign cultures   Innovatively applies learned methods to cross-cultural design work in the course   

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

50% of the grade is determined by the assignment work, 50% by the examination. The grade of the assignments can be raised by submitting assignments with a very good quality. The acceptance limit in the examination is half of the maximum points or more.

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Additional information Examination material
Lecture slides             Yes   


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
TIE-40107 Psychology in Human-Technology Interaction Mandatory    

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
TIE-40207 Cross-Cultural Design, 5 cr TIE-40206 Cross-Cultural Design, 3 cr  

Updated by: Kunnari Jaana, 05.03.2019