by Ulrike Lütke Notarp -
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The seminar focuses on acquiring and developing intercultural communication competences. By improving our cultural sensitivity we will develop an attitude that sees diversity as an opportunity rather than a danger. We try to analyze and understand our cultural and communicative specific behavior, search for and explain cultural differences.

In the second part students get acquainted with Geert Hofstede´s concept of "Cultural dimensions". Students present central aspects of this concept in form of group-presentations (powerpoint). The presentations serve as a basis for further discussion in class.

In the third part of the seminar we develop a more conscious communicative behavior by means of discussing "case studies", teamwork and role-playings. It will be asked, what we should change in our "normal" communicative behavior in order to succeed in intercultural communication situations.