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Intercultural Training

Intercultural Training

Code: CUL8HA002
Scope: 3 credits
Timing: 1st – 2nd academic year. Starts before student exchange and continues during and after
Language: English
Level: Basic studies
Type: Free-choice

Learning objectives
Upon completion of the course, the student

• can list basic definitions of intercultural competences
• understands the added value created by intercultural training
• understands how to use their intercultural experiences for their personal development and career advancement
• is able to represent Haaga-Helia and Finland in a professional and convincing manner
• can apply information learned from study abroad to remaining studies and share the information with fellow students

Contents

• Definitions and concepts of intercultural competence
• Understanding and appreciation of different cultural perspectives and values
• Learning about the destination country and its culture
• Formulation and completion of individual development plan
• Sharing and analyzing intercultural experiences focusing on hidden competences 

Starting level and linkage with other courses
No previous studies needed. The student has to be selected to student exchange by Haaga-Helia before enrolling to the course.

Assessment
The course is evaluated on a scale excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2), fair (1), fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on a scale 1 - 3 - 5.

Grade 1
Student can list basic definitions of intercultural competences. Student is able to give simple examples of cultural encounters affecting his/her experiences. Student recognizes the concept of hidden competences.  Student defines the basic facts of the destination country and its culture. Student is able to present him/herself, Haaga-Helia and Finland.

Grade 3
Student can list various definitions and characteristics of intercultural competences. Student is able to give examples of cultural encounters and suggest alternative communication patterns. Student shows skills in applying the learned concept of hidden competences.  Student is able to compare the destination culture with his/her own. Student is able to present him/herself, Haaga-Helia and Finland in a professional manner.

Grade 5
Student can list and describe various definitions and characteristics of intercultural competences. Student is able to give examples of cultural encounters and suggest alternative communication patterns and analyze them. Student shows skills in applying the learned concept of hidden competences and utilizes the knowledge for his/her career advancement.  Student is able to compare the destination culture with his/her own and analyze the differences and similarities. Student is able to present him/herself, Haaga-Helia and Finland in a professional and convincing manner.

Working life connections

Internationality
The course content focuses on intercultural issues.

Learning methods
The learning goals of this course can be reached in the following way:
Lectures and related assignments before, during and after the exchange period
  
Assessing one’s own learning is a compulsory part of the course.

Teachers responsible
Arja Aktan-Helminen, Haaga
Katri Salmi, Haaga