Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Students demonstrate knowledge of
  • major approaches to and recent research into intercultural communication
  • such key notions as culture, language and identity and how their different conceptualizations may impact research and practice
  • the effects of the global operating environment with its multilingual and multicultural challenges on communication practice

Students demonstrate skills in
  • analysing corporate situations with a combination of communicative, cultural, and managerial perspectives
  • addressing cultural diversity and multilingualism in both corporate and interpersonal communication
  • culturally intelligent attitude and behavior

Credits: 6

Schedule: 01.03.2022 - 05.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anne Kankaanranta

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course focuses on the effects of the global operating environment on communication practice in general and multilingual and multicultural challenges in particular.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assignments 100%

  • applies in this implementation


    % of
    final grade



    Coursework and contribution



    Course work (A-C based on personal experiences), readings and contribution in class/group discussions

    Assignment 1


    Mon 7 March

    PowerPoint paper on research paradigms (Hua, 2015) & practice (New Your Times article)

    Assignment 2   


    Mon 21 March

    Two reaction papers (RP): choose 2 from 10 articles & write one RP/article - (max. 500 pages/paper)

    Assignment 3  


    5 April

    Book review & poster presentation: choose a book, write a review & prepare poster on key insights to fellow students (max. 1500 words)

    Take-home exam


    5-8 April

    All course material


       Assignment 3 is group work, all others individual.


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching  24h
    Individual and team work 136h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Indicated or provided by the instructor.

  • applies in this implementation

    A set of readings and other material for class and assignments – mostly academic journal articles– indicated or provided on MyCourses.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order: 1) MIB / CEMS / IDBM / JOO students / Open University students, 2) Other BIZ Master s students, 3) Other Aalto students.

    The first session is mandatory.

    Max. number of students 50

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV

    2021-2022 Spring IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    The updated syllabus can be found on the front page.