LS2600 Global Competence 3.0 credits

Global kompetens

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course builds on LS1600 Intercultural Competence, as well as the students' own experiences from the stay abroad, which together with LS1600 constitutes the entry requirements.

The course gives a deepened, theory- and experience-based understanding of how personal and cultural variation and diversity influence understanding, emotions, decision-making, communication and teamwork.

We explore strategies and methods to enhance intercultural understanding and interaction in order to appreciate and benefit from personal and cultural differences in a constructive, creative and ethical way.

The course puts emphasis on global citizenship, sustainable development, situational leadership in intercultural environments, professional roles and ethics, communicative leadership in intercultural or multidisciplinary teamwork, and employability.

Intended learning outcomes *

On completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Show an understanding, grounded in theory and personal experience, of how personal and cultural variation and diversity influence understanding, emotions, decision-making, communication and teamwork.
  • On the basis of relevant theories and personal experience, problematise your own and others' descriptions of culture and identifications based on, for example, gender, nationality, ethnicity, class, age, language and profession.
  • Work in constructive, creative, ethical, and solution-oriented ways with critical intercultural incidents related to multi-disciplinary and intercultural teamwork and leadership
  • Critically reflect on how intercultural skills relate to KTH's core values, global citizenship, and sustainable development.
  • Present systematically documented descriptions of, and self-reflections on, personal intercultural experiences and learning relevant to your future professional life.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

For degree programme students: Completed LS1600, followed by exchange studies or equivalent.

For international students in Sweden: Completed LS1600

Recommended prerequisites

Admission requirements for programme students: Completed LS1600 and approved and completed exchange studies, internship abroad or Minor Field Studies. For international students in Sweden: completed LS1600


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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • LEXA - Continuous Assessment, 3.0 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.

Continuous assessment.

Under particular 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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Björn Kjellgren

Further information

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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.

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ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

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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.

Supplementary information

The course is the third and last step towards KTH's Certificate of Global Competence (CGC) where the first step is the course LS1600 Intercultural competence, and the other consists of exchange studies, internship abroad or Minor Field Studies.

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