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LS1800 Developing communicative and multicultural skills in international collaborations on sustainability 5.0 credits

In this course, you will practice your communicative and multilingual skills by collaborating with students from various disciplines, countries, and cultures.

In small groups, you will reflect on challenges related to sustainability and collectively propose solutions that will be presented at the end of the course.

You will also enhance your intercultural competence by collaborating in international groups.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus LS1800 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is a collaboration between several universities in different countries. The students work in international and interdisciplinary teams on a sustainability-related issue. The teams choose their issue themselves and present a solution. The work is mainly organised by the students themselves, with the support of the teacher. Some sessions are scheduled, but the main part of the work will be carried out independently or in groups. The stages of the course are as follows: Students identify a question, cooperate towards a solution, and present their solution.

Students practice communicative skills such as discussing, arguing and presenting. They also practice their multicultural skills by cooperating in international groups.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Cooperate efficiently in transnational teams, utilise the strengths of the team members and contribute efficiently to the team's aim
  • Identify and define problems and possibilities related to sustainable development
  • Efficiently communicate complex ideas and solutions in speech and writing, using appropriate language and register
  • Show cultural awareness and skills by understanding and respecting cultural differences in transnational teams
  • Take initiatives in their learning process, set up aims, manage their time and independently search for resources.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least B2-level according to CEFR in English and at least B1 level in one of the following languages: French, German, Spanish, or Swedish

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • INL1 - Assignments, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 2.0 credits, grading scale: 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.

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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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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Technology and Learning

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Nathalie Kirchmeyer (