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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5222M Intercultural Business and Organisational Communication

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Yolanda Cerda

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is an optional 15-credit module available to all Law taught postgraduate students. This module will be of interest to all postgraduate students, but will be particularly relevant to students with international backgrounds who wish to deepen their understanding of intercultural communication in business and organisational contexts and develop the skills to communicate effectively in cross-cultural business environments.


This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore the meaning of culture and communication in business and organisational contexts, and, in particular, to consider aspects of successful intercultural communication. Students will be expected to speak, read and write critically about key issues in intercultural business communication, and show awareness of the cultural features and conventions which affect communication in workplaces and in a range of business and organisational contexts. There will be the opportunity to theoretically and practically explore areas where cultural knowledge and assumptions will impact on effective business communication, and notions of intercultural communicative competence.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
By the end of this module, a successful student should be able to:
1. Critically analyse concepts of culture and intercultural communication in business and organisational contexts.
2. Examine how the relationship between language and intercultural communication behaviours affects successful communication outcomes.
3. Research and elucidate situations in which aspects of cultural diversity may impact business communication and interaction in global contexts.
4. Apply relevant theories of intercultural communication and intercultural communicative competence to authentic business and organisational contexts and scenarios.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Critical thinking, demonstrating openness to alternative ideas and have the ability to interrogate sources
2. Develop academic skills to enable you to source, understand and apply your discipline
3. Be able to evaluate and analyse a range of information to put forward coherent and evidence based arguments
4. Develop advanced communication skills, essential for effective interaction and the dissemination of complex legal concepts.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours134.50
Total Contact hours15.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignmentwritten assignment60.00
Group Projectgroup project40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/03/2024


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