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Working for Nordic Businesses

Working for Nordic Businesses

Code: SWE8LF005
Extent: 3 cr (81 h)
Timing: Semester 4 - 7
Language: Swedish
Level: Language studies. Level B1-B2 of the Common European Framework of reference for languages CEFR.
Type: Free-choice studies

Prerequisites:

The student has completed the course SWE1LF001 Business Swedish. The student has reached level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of reference for languages CEFR.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • is able to communicate in Swedish with his/her Nordic partners in the most common HRM situations (recruiting, development discussions, traineeship programs, projects, fairs)
  • is aware of the typical cross-cultural features related to leadership in the Nordic countries
  • is familiar with Nordic companies and economies (mergers) and the basic terminology in HRM areas
  • is able to read professional HRM literature/magazines and to discuss HRM matters
  • current issues and trends in HRM

Course contents

The student familiarizes him-/herself with HRM communication and cross-cultural features in the Nordic countries and adopts vocabulary for HRM communication.

  • HRM communication with Swedish speaking business partners
  • Recruiting process
  • Development discussions
  • Projects (foe example how to plan a fair/how to build a webpage in Swedish)
  • Cross-cultural awareness related to leadership issues
  • Essentials of Nordic economies
  • Texts in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish (related to trainee programs and recruiting)
  • Oral presentations related to HRM issues

Cooperation with the business community

Real business based examples and cases, guest speakers, company visits.

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, contributions by multinational student groups and company cooperation.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons
Pair work (dialogues based on recruiting and personal development discussions)
Team or individual work (project work)
Discussions on current HRM topics
Independent studies (distance assignments, literature)
Written and oral assignments
Company visit or visitor from a company
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Not applicable.

Teacher with the main responsibility for the course

Marit Keränen

Course materials

Material given by the teacher, book(s), Internet, Newspapers, professional magazines serve as sources for discussions and assignments.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student is familiar with the most basic HRM vocabulary in Swedish. The student is familiar with basic HRM vocabulary in Swedish. The student knows very well basic HRM vocabulary in Swedish.
Skills The student can deal orally with simple HRM related situations in Swedish. The student can write simple connected text on topics related to HRM in Swedish. The student can orally manage  HRM related situations in Swedish. The student can write connected text on topics related to HRM in Swedish. The student can orally deal very well with most HRM related situations in Swedish. The student can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to HRM in Swedish.
Competence The student has reached the language level B1-B2 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to HRM texts. The student can interact in simple HRM situations. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has reached the language level B1-B2 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can  understand main points of HRM texts in Swedish. The student can interact in most common HRM situations. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has reached the language level B1-B2 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can understand a wide range of HRM texts in Swedish. The student can interact very well in most common HRM situations. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Presentations and assignments 80%
Project work and active participation in class 20%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course 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 on an E-form.