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Elective Subject Abroad: Social Skills

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

Students are able to follow courses about social interaction and communication in a foreign language at higher education level, familiarize themselves with course contents in a foreign language and present learning outcomes. They are capable of perceiving aspects of their own culture from a new perspective and develop a feel for the culture of the host country. In this context they become aware of problems linked to intercultural cooperation and master skills fundamental dealing with different cultures. Students’ self-reflection during their stay abroad also strengthens their self-organization and independence.

prerequisites and co-requisites

Successfully completed courses of the previous semester

course contents

In order to ensure students’ freedom of choice, no generally valid course description can and shall be given of the semester abroad due to the variety of partner higher education institutions and their options to choose from within the field of social sciences and communication sciences. If needed, the individual’s performance is translated from national credits into ECTS credits. The respective partner higher education institution’s examination procedures are to be applied for students.

Therefore, the following courses can be considered as examples:
- Cultural Studies
- Rhetoric Skills
- Presentation Skills

Below are a few examples of appropriate courses that are elective subjects to be chosen by the students at the partner higher education institution Australian Catholic University (ACU, http://www.acu.edu.au) in Australia. The course descriptions are taken from the online information provided by the respective higher education institutions and are subject to their copyright. In this context they only serve as an example of appropriate courses in the respective elective subject at one of FH Kufstein’s partner higher education institutions.

Course: Professional Ethics (BUSN202)

Source (as of 11/2014, shortened): http://www.acu.edu.au/units/2014/units_2014/busn202

Ethics, as a branch of philosophy, can be described as a systematic reflection on the morality of human judgment, character and action. This unit serves as an ethical foundation in which to frame study of the various business disciplines. It encompasses a general introduction to ethics and considers analyzing the ethical implications of complex situations by applying ethical principles for the modern world of global capitalism.

Students will be introduced to major ethical theories and concepts, which will inform an understanding of key concepts and issues in accounting and financial planning, and in society more broadly. The question of whether membership of a profession gives rise to special responsibilities, the content and role of professional codes of ethics, and approaches to resolving and managing ethical issues are considered.

This unit reinforces the University Core Curriculum units by reinforcing the central theme of systematic reflection on the morality of human judgment, character and action. Drawing on examples from business and commerce, the unit anticipates UNCC300 Understanding Self and Society: contemporary perspectives by giving a general introduction to formal ethics and the concept of social justice. Importantly, it asks students to apply theoretical principles to social issues such as income inequalities, commercial probity, corporate social responsibility, sustainable business practices, and contemporary human resources management practices. The unit also prepares students for UNCC300 by presenting paradigmatic business ethics case studies in intellectual property, privacy, whistle-blowing, ‘dirty hands,’ equal opportunity, advertising, and global and environmental issues. Students are required to explain the link between these issues, personal, values, and what they understand by the concept of social justice. In this way, BUSN202 Professional Ethics bridges the two University Core Curriculum units by extending the understanding and perspectives developed in the first unit and linking them with the methodology and central issues of the second.

Course: Australian Society (ETHN107)

Source (as of 11/2014): http://www.acu.edu.au/units/2015/units_2015/ethn107

This unit is designed to enable the student to gain greater knowledge, appreciation and awareness of the structure, social origins and diversity of Australian society and to develop analytical and interpretive skills in understanding contemporary Australia. It includes topics such as: demography, class, ethnicity, gender and family, crime and deviance, health, schooling, beliefs, technology and leisure.

recommended or required reading

- Steele, William: Presentation Skills 201: How to Take it to the Next Level as a Confident, Engaging Presenter.- Outskirts Press, 2009
- Barker, Chris: Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice.- Sage Publications Ltd, 2008
- Keith, William; Lundberg, Christian: The Essential Guide to Rhetoric.- Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008
- Dumetz, J; Trompenaars, F.; Dumetz, J.; Saginova, O.; Covey, S.; Hampden-Turner, S.; Woolliams, P.; Schmitz, J.; Foster, D.; Belbin, M; Schein, E.: "Cross-cultural management textbook: Lessons from the world leading experts in cross-cultural management", CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012

assessment methods and criteria

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language of instruction

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name of lecturer(s)

Director of Studies

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recommended optional program components

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type of course unit

Elective course

mode of delivery

Are defined by the respective partner higher education institution

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