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Studiehåndbokas emner for 2016/2017:

(English)Understanding Culture

Brief Facts:

Subject Code: NAB3021
Department: Faculty of Technology/Business/Maritime Education
Grading Scale: A - F
Number of Credits: 10
Taught During: Autumn
Semester of Assessment: Autumn
Program Sequence: 3rd Year of Study
Language of Instruction: English
Campus: Haugesund
Contact(s): Bjarne Vandeskog (person with course responsibility)
Required Reading (Syllabus): Go to the library's syllabus web pages

Course Contents:

Knowledge about how humans create meaning, make our lives meaningful and use this meaning to create communities and strategies to aquire things and experiences that we value.

Learning Outcome:

 - Knowledge:

  • Knowledge about,and ability to explainbasic concepts and theories concerning culture and how culture contributes to the ways people act in specific situations.
  • Knowledge about, andability to explain basic sociological/anthropological concepts and theories concerning human interactions and why people behave the way they do.
  • A basic understanding of "Intercultural communication" and the ability to recognise some of the common reasons why such communication may fail (i.e. stereotyping, "othering", discrimination)
  • Knowledge about basic concepts concerning globalization and the ability to describe how globalizing processes contribute to the creation of new similarities and differences between people.

- Skills:

  • Can apply theory in order to substantiate why people act the way they do.
  • Can apply theory in order to understand how culture influences people's actions.
  • Can consider the cultural challenges of leadership

- General Qualifications:

  • Have the ability to reflect upon their actions, and to identify how their culture contributes to good or bad communication
  • Have the ability to understand strategies for reaching goals, both their own and other peoples'.
  • Have the ability to reevaluate own strategies if these leads to conflict with others.
  • Develop the ability to modify their own cultural preconceptions if and when that may contribute to improved communication.
  • Understands that intercultural communication is very rarely simple and never has set, objectively given answers.
  • Have insight into their own cultural and social identities and how these identities may contribute to good or bad communication.
  • Have the ability to reflect upon their own, and other people's reactions to a wide range of differences between people.

Teaching Methods:

Lectures, group work, discussions and presentations in class.

Practical information about the course:




Recommended Previous Knowledge:

The student should have a good command of English, both written and verbal, and be able to understand and express themselves well in English. The ability to reason in a logical and critical manner is necessary to take full advantage of the course.

Compulsory assignments:

Organized group work and presentations.

Course Examination Description:


Component NameDurationWeightSupporting Materials
Understanding Culture; Portfolio Exam100/100All printed and written study aids may be used
Reduction in Credits:
Have you already completed one or more of the courses below? If so, the credits you will receive for the course described here, NAB3021, will be reduced by the number of credits shown in the credits column. Possible deficencies/mistakes may occur.
Course Title Course Code Credits
Understanding Culture NAB3017 (1)
Cultural Understanding NAB3009 (1)
Cultural Understanding NAB3003 (1)
Cultural Understanding within a Maritime Context NAB3002 (1)
Cross cultural communication ØKB2009 (1)
Cross cultural communication ØKB2011 (1)
Intercultural communication ØKB2005 (1)
Cultural Awareness for Officers NAB3015 (1)
Challenges in maritime cooperation and communication EVN1003 (1)

Subject's last update: 02/15/2017 09:42

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