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CIU250 - Intercultural communicative competence
Interkulturell kommunikativ kompetens
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-19 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: SPRAK
15,0 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Shipping and Marine Technology

This course round is cancelled

Teaching language: English
Application code: 99116
Open for exchange students: No
Minimum participants: 2
Maximum participants: 10

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0112 Project 15,0 c Grading: UG   15,0 c    

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SPRAK Language and communication, Year 1 


Carl Johan Carlsson


General entry requirements for bachelor's level studies

Course specific prerequisites

Good command of English.


The course aims at preparing students for their professional careers in the international maritime sector by increasing the understanding of others' as well as the student's own actions from a cultural perspective.

Important goals are creating awareness and developing positive attitudes to intercultural communication in order to contribute to a good and safe working environment.

The course also aims to facilitate students' understanding of educational differences and similarities from an international/bilateral perspective within maritime education.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Describe cultural structures within and between different contexts

- Use theoretical models to interpret and analyse communication situations from an intercultural perspective

- Analyse individual and group related characteristics from a sociocultural perspective with special attention to maritime education

- Formulate and share strategies for constructive intercultural communication

- Act consciously and with respect in intercultural interactions


The content of the course is based both on theory and practice around the concept of intercultural communication. Theoretical models are used in order to describe and analyse observations of communication situations and communication strategies in an intercultural context.

The course is based on field studies at a maritime university abroad. The content of the course is focused around the student's own ethnographic observations and analyses of communication from an intercultural perspective.

Literature concerning the concept of interculturality with a special focus on intercultural communication is an important part of the course.

Recurring reflective assignments and discussions, as well as a concise presentation of the observations and analyses are mandatory course elements.

The course is structured to promote the four interconnected components of intercultural communicative competence: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Awareness.


In case of costs relating to travel expenses and living, these are paid by the student.

The number of students that can take the course is decided by the number of places the visited university can offer.

The course is mainly structured around distance studies. The field work is carried out by following the education at the visited university. It is not a requirement to actively take part in the courses, instead these are seen as study objects in the field studies.

The course includes a seminar in order to prepare for the field studies. This seminar introduces the concepts of "intercultural" and "intercultural communication". The seminar also prepares for the research questions and methodologies for the field studies.

The field studies are complemented with recurring reading and assignments, as well as discussions and supervision.

After returning the the home university, a presentation seminar is arranged.


Literature will be posted on the course website.

Examination including compulsory elements

Assignments in the course are collected and presented in a portfolio which is assessed during the course.

As part of the final assessment there is a mandatory presentation.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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