Credits: 3


Date and timePlace

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Minna Lyytinen

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

- Apply major intercultural theories and frameworks to understand aspects of cultures and their communication patterns

- Recognize features of their own cultural values, assumptions and culturally specific behavior

- Independently explore and analyze critical incidents in the social, professional or academic settings

- Identify different ways to avoid and solve conflicts in intercultural encounters

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course aims to provide understanding of communication between people from different cultures and the integration process into a new academic and working culture. This course introduces students to concepts and theories that influence intercultural communication and activates this knowledge through case studies and hands-on activities. The course activities help students to understand issues related to intercultural communication and to develop their own intercultural competences. Topics covered include working culture, culture shock, communication styles and conflict management across cultures.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

- Active participation 15%
- Discussion leading 15%
- Journal entries 30%
- Group project 40%

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Online readings accessed through Aalto Finna and Mycourses

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course does not fulfill the university regulations for foreign language studies. Participants must attend 80% of the class sessions.

This course is a prerequisite for other courses in Intercultural communication.


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