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Intercultural Awareness

Intercultural Awareness
  • Code: CUL1TF001 
  • Extent: 3 cr (81 h) 
  • Timing: 1st semester 
  • Language: English 
  • Level: core studies 
  • Type: compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses


Learning outcomes

After completing this course, the student will 

  • be familiar with cultural layers and differences 
  • know how culture influences on human behaviour and communication 
  • know the main features of the Finnish culture 
  • know how culture has an impact on international teamwork and negotiations

Course contents

  • Culture as a concept & the layers of culture 
  • Hofsted's, Lewis' and Trompenaars' dimensions 
  • Intercultural communication inc. work communication 
  • Main features of the Finnish culture and communication 
  • Multicultural teams and meetings

Having worked through the literature and the activities of the course, the student should be able to increase the awareness of his/her own efficiency in the multicultural study environment and workplace. Furthermore, the student should be able to change styles in accordance with the requirements and be able to assume accommodating or collaborating styles. The student is able to avoid or reduce conflict in intercultural communication and can be proactive in order to avoid uncertainty and business conflict.

Cooperation with the business community

Cooperation classes and assignment with the English course of Finnish TIKO students.

Recognition of prior learning (RLP)

If the student has worked in a multicultural company and has theoretical knowledge concerning the area of  intercultural awareness he/she can show the prior learning in an interview, with work certificates  and by a written report.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons 26 h
Self-study and assignments 54 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Teacher responsible

Tarja Paasi-May, Pasila

Course materials

Eckert, Susan 2006.  Intercultural communication. Thomson South-Western
Hofstede, G. 1991. Cultures and organizations. Software of the mind. McGraw-Hill.
Lewis, R. 1995. When cultures collide.
Samovar, L.A., Porter, R.E. 1997. Intercultural communication. Wadsworth Publishing Company
Schneider, Susan C., Barsoux, Jean-Louis 2003.  Managing across cultures. Prentice Hall
Trompenaars, F., Hampden-Turner C. 1997. Riding the waves of culture. Understanding cultural diversity in business. London. Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
Trompenaars, F., Hampden-Turner C. 2004.  Managing people across the cultures. Chichester Capstone
Newspaper articles

Assesment criteria

30 % attendance

70 % self-study and assignments

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.