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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MODL1090 Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Pier Pischedda

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module develops students’ intercultural competence by exploring the role of languages and cultures in business and beyond. It shows how an enhanced awareness of cultural specificities helps individuals and groups to navigate the complexity of society. In particular, students will develop a nuanced appreciation of what cultural diversity entails, how it affects the ways in which we perceive others as well as how we carry out tasks in business.


Through lectures, practical seminars and online resources, this module aims to:

(1) Introduce the notion of intercultural competence;
(2) Raise awareness of the pervasiveness of intercultural challenges in society and in business and the key role of languages;
(3) Provide a range of perspectives under which it is possible to make sense of the complexity of globalised societies;
(4) Present a number of cases where communication across cultures is necessary, together with the analytical tools that will help to recognise possible issues and opportunities.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

LO1. Define the various concepts and ideas behind ‘intercultural competence’, both at a theoretical level and in specific contexts;

LO2. Reflect on self-reference as a starting point for understanding other cultures;

LO3. Identify intercultural challenges in the professions and reflect on the role of modern languages and cultures for business practices;

LO4. Show awareness of the function of communication in different cultural contexts, in business and beyond.

Skills Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

SO5. Develop their general communication skills particularly related to intercultural, academic and business settings

SO6. Refine their academic skills through practical self-reflective exercises during seminars and through assignment submission

SO7. Engage with enterprise and multi-disciplinary skills through the application of (inter)cultural studies topics to practical business scenarios


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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students receive peer and instructor feedback on their understanding of the core topics in weekly seminars through group-work activities. Additionally, students are invited to submit an essay plan via email before submission in order to receive specific feedback, which will be applicable to their OTLA assignment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationEssay 1500 words40.00
Online Assessment48-hour OTLA60.00
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: 02/02/2024


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