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This course is the first step in KTH's Certificate of Global Competence (CGC). The second step consists of exchange studies, internship abroad or Minor Field Studies, and the third and final of the course LS2600 Global Competence.

To obtain the certificate, this course must be completed before the start of the exchange studies, but can otherwise be taken at any time during the programme, and is open to all students at KTH.

International students wishing to obtain the certificate may take this course in the beginning of their stay at KTH and then continue with the second course, their time in Sweden being the equivalent of Swedish students' exchange studies abroad.

For more details, please visit: www.kth.se/globalcompetence

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* Retrieved from Course syllabus LS1600 (Autumn 2020–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

With concrete examples and problem-based inductive learning, the course introduces the theoretical models needed for efficient reflection on, and analysis of, intercultural situations, communication and teamwork.

The course provides opportunities to learn and practice, individually and in groups, various practical methods for working constructively, creatively and ethically with personal and cultural variation and diversity, as well as for handling critical intercultural situations.

The course contributes to an increased level of self-awareness and understanding of important issues such as identity, stereotypes, norms and behavioral patterns.

During the course, we will examine roles and expectations, relevant to the student's specific profession, that may exist in different countries, companies and workplaces, and discuss what consequences this may have in, e.g., multi-disciplinary and international projects.

We discuss, how inter-cultural skills are linked to the common values for KTH Royal Institute of Technology and other universities and organisations, to global citizenship and to sustainable development.

The course also covers emotional aspects of international teamwork, living and working abroad as well as returning to your country.

Documentation, reflection and accounting of intercultural experiences and learning are brought up as a step towards personal development and future employability.

The course is given in English and makes use of the fact that KTH has students with different backgrounds at all levels.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, you are expected as student be able to:

• Show an understanding, grounded in personal experience, of how personal and cultural variation and diversity influence understanding, emotions, decision-making, communication and teamwork.

• Problematise your own and others' descriptions of culture and identifications based on, for example, gender, nationality, ethnicity, class, age, language and profession.

• Give personal examples of knowledge, skills and attitudes that support and develop intercultural competence.

• Use simple and efficient methods to observe, analyse and work constructively, creatively and ethically with personal and cultural variation.

• Reflect on critical intercultural incidents in a constructive and solution-oriented way.

• Systematically document, reflect on, and give accounts of intercultural experiences and learning.

• Present a personal action plan, grounded in self-awareness, for your continued personal development towards increased intercultural competence.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entry requirements.

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

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Literature

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F

Examination

  • LEXA - Continuous Assessment, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Continuous examination.

Under certain circumstances, other examination forms may be used.

Other requirements for final grade

All examination parts passed.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Profile picture Björn Kjellgren

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web LS1600

Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

Main field of study

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

LS2600 Global Competence

Contact

Björn Kjellgren (bjoern@kth.se)

Supplementary information

This course is the first step in KTH's Certificate of Global Competence (CGC). The second step consists of exchange studies, internship abroad or Minor Field Studies, and the third and final of the course LS2600 Global Compentece. To obtain the certificate, this course must be completed before the start of the exchange studies, but can otherwise be taken at any time during the programme, and is open to all students at KTH.

International students wishing to obtain the certificate may take this course in the beginning of their stay at KTH and then continue with the second course, their time in Sweden being the equivalent of Swedish students' exchange studies abroad.

For more details, please visit: www.kth.se/globalcompetence