Communication in Multicultural Environments COM1TN012-3021 22.08.2022-16.12.2022 5 (TN3PB, ...)+-
Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to increase their cross-cultural communications skills in global and culturally diverse work environments. This will be accomplished through comparing and contrasting key dimensions in global cultures. One of the main goals is appreciating how reaching multicultural synergy benefits individuals and companies. A key learning point is positioning your own culture in universal systems.
Starting level and linkage with other courses
No special requirements or prior studies.
Topics to be covered on the course include the following:
- The nature of multicultural communication; concept of culture
- Universal systems, contrasting cultural values and cultural clashes
- Verbal and nonverbal communication
- Business and social customs; global etiquette
- Intercultural negotiations and virtual meetings
Assignments and course agenda:
- Introduction and dividing the students into teams. Discussing the concept of culture. (Culture can be global, local, geographical or demographical and there can be subcultures and subgroupings.)
- Individual oral or written assignment: My cultural conflict. (Explaining personal experiences of culture shock, understanding the dynamics of an acculturation process, as well as concepts of ethnocentrism and stereotypes.)
- Team assignment: Watching a videoed lecture by a specialist. Analyzing that lecture within your team. Comparing and contrasting Finnish culture with some other culture and its values.
- Team assignment: Creating an educational video that describes the communications or work culture in one country to an audience of expatriate employees.
- Team assignment: Writing a comparative cultural report on two countries according to HH guidelines.
- Team assignment: Recording a video or giving an oral presentation based on your comparative cultural report.
- Individual assignment: 1-2 peer evaluations; assessing the shared work effort in your team and/or evaluating some of the course material according to Lewis and Hofstede models
Assessment criteria - grade 1
The student can present values, communication and cultural features pertaining to a country and understands the importance of cultural sensitivity and global awareness. The quality of work and participation is uneven.
Assessment criteria - grade 3
The student celebrates diversity and understands the possible negative effects of cultural miscommunication. The student can compare and contrast values, communication and cultural features in two countries constructively and understands how selected cultures can be positioned in universal systems. Even contribution in group work, active participation and good quality of work
Assessment criteria - grade 5
The student understands the personal and corporate benefits of cultural synergy and knows how to improve intercultural communication and behavior in conflict situations. Universal cultural systems have been internalized and the person understands how to apply these theories into new situations. Impressive contribution in the team’s work effort, active attendance and participation, as well as excellent quality of work.
Preparing in advance, timely execution in all assignments and active participation during sessions is required and does have an impact in evaluation
Working life connections:
Current international trends in the field of ICT/business are closely monitored.
International characteristics of the course:
Timetables allowing, the implementations are comprised of students from both the Finnish and international degree programs, including exchange students. Presentations of international ICT professionals are included, when applicable.