Intercultural Competencies

Module Title Intercultural Competencies
Module Type B
CompetencyRecognizing and exploiting synergies in international teams
Courses Title Teaching Method SWS Credits Performance requirements/Examination
German-Arab Relations
visits to organisations in Berlin, lectures, discussions 2 2 group discussions, (quantity, quality); written report on organisations visited
Intercultural Communication seminar 2 2 meta-cognitive reflection, references of the reading done, intercultural project; written report
German and Arab Language Courses Kassel lecture, seminar 2 2 written and oral exam
Semester summer
Responsible Dahlhaus
Site Kassel
Lecturer(s) Matthias Weiter, Claus-Peter Haase
Anke Aref, Dirk Dahlhaus
Ismail Yassin (Arab); Sabine Stange (German)
Language English
Workload 90 hours course attendance
60 hours self-study
Credits 6
Recommended Qualifications  -
Learning Outcomes a) German-Arab Relations
After the successful participation in the course German-Arab Relations the students are enabled to:
  • understand the institutional set-up of bilateral and multilateral development cooperation with special reference to the Arab world
  • work with political, economic and cultural objectives and instruments of German-Arab relations.
b) Intercultural Communication
After the successful participation in the course Intercultural Communication the students are enabled to:
  • meta-cognitively reflect communication relevant factors in perception and assessment of situations and critical incidents in every day- and project-related communication
  • monitor the personal adaptation process
  • generate a portfolio of tools for an empathic approach to effectively communicate and work in intercultural teams.
c) German and Arab Language Courses Kassel
After the successful participation in the course German and Arab Language Courses Kassel the students are able to:
  • communicate with elaborated formulations and expressions for use in daily life.
Contents a) German-Arab Relations
  • Institutional set-up of bilateral and multilateral development cooperation:
    • Role of German parliament, ministries for development, environment and economy
    • Arab embassies and other organisations shaping and cultivating German-Arab relations
  • Socio-political objectives and instruments of German-Arab relations:
    • development cooperation between Germany and the Arab world
    • nature and volume of German-Arab trade and investments
    • historic and present cultural and political relations between Germany and MENA
  • Information on objectives and content of German-Arab M.Sc. programmes
b) Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural and communication models like E.T. Hall, Hofstede, Schulz von Thun, and others
    • (auto)biography
    • cross-cultural analysis
    • cultural self-analysis of differences
  • Situated, contextualized and dynamic issues:
    • considering events, phenomena, people etc. as differing and changing along different cultures and different times, culture shock model
  • Learning and working in an intercultural environment:
    • perception, assessment, inference
    • learning diary
    • core topic: creative activities on intercultural communication competence
    • scientific writing (perspective of the self and other, testimonials, critical incidents)
  • Communicating issues of RE in a global world considering local and global knowledge
c) German and Arab Language Courses Kassel
  • German:
    • basic phrases and short sentences for everyday use
    • technical terms and expressions in electrical engineering and RE
    • basic concepts in High German grammar
  • Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Egyptian dialect (EA):
    • basic reading, writing, and speaking skills
    • solid foundation in formal Arabic grammar (nahu) and morphology (sarf)
    • vocabulary of at least 1000 Arabic daily life words
  • Black board and beamer, visiting energy sector organisations in Egypt and discussions with planners and decision makers, slide show and power point presentations, open ended discussions initiated by the lecturer, case studies through team work ended by discussions, computer lab for spreadsheet applications and surveying issues, project work.
  • Case studies in groups and individual work.
  • Face to face and online sessions, action-oriented, holistic activities strongly relating to participants’ experience to trigger their subjective prior-knowledge and making them become aware of how that knowledge is culturally determined and dynamically changed over time.