Academic regulations for Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Studies (2016)

Version: Prepared by: Assigned body of external co-examiners:
2016 School of Communication and Culture Board of Studies The body of external co-examiners for international studies
Effective date: Approved by: The degree programme entitles the graduate to the title:
01-09-2016 Dean of Arts cand. mag. i interkulturelle studier
Master of Arts (MA) in Intercultural Studies
Prescribed period of study:
120 ECTS

Contents

  1. About the degree programme
  2. Degree programme structure
  3. General rules
  4. Changes to the academic regulations

1. About the degree programme

1.1 The academic direction and primary subject areas of the programme


1.2 Learning outcomes

KNOWLEDGE - Graduates of the Master's degree programme have:

SKILLS - Graduates of the Master's degree programme can:

COMPETENCES - Graduates of the Master's degree programme can:


1.3 Admission requirements and prerequisites

Admission to this degree programme requires a Bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences.

The following degree programmes qualify you for admission to the Master’s degree programme in intercultural studies:
1) A Bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences from Aarhus University or another Danish university
2) A corresponding Bachelor’s degree from a university outside Denmark

Admission can also be based on the following professional Bachelor’s degree programme:
3) Business communication and IT-based market communication

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

Language requirements
The language of instruction is English, so all applicants must document knowledge of English at level B of the Danish upper-secondary school or its equivalent.


1.4 Students with a legal right of admission

None.

1.5 This programme grants access to

The Master’s degree programme in Intercultural Studies gives access to the PhD programme in accordance with the prevailing rules in the area.


1.6 Transitional regulations

This degree programme has not been offered previously.

1.7 Time frame for the completion of the degree programme

Students must complete their Master’s degree programme no later than six months after their prescribed period of study. Depending on the start date and prescribed period of study, the degree programme must be completed by 1 March or 1 September. Programme extensions are included in the prescribed period of study.

Students who enrolled in their degree programme before 1 September 2016 will have their maximum period of study calculated on the basis of the remaining part of their prescribed period of study (rounded up in terms of whole semesters) plus six months up until 1 March or 1 September. However, a student’s maximum period of study cannot be extended beyond the maximum period of study established as of 1 September 2015.

Maximum periods of study established as of 1 September 2015:
Students enrolled between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 must have completed their degree programme within three years of starting it.
Students enrolled between 1 February 2014 and 31 August 2015 must have completed their degree programme no later than 31 August 2018.
Students enrolled on or before 1 September 2013 must have completed their degree programme no later than 31 August 2017.



2. Degree programme structure


Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Studies


Studydiagram
Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Studies
compulsory
optional
elective
auxiliary
 

Comment on study chart:

Comments on degree programme diagram: In the module ‘Electives’ the student is free to choose between the following two disciplines:
Communication, Media and Intercultural Identities, 10 ECTS
Cultural Industries, 10 ECTS

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Globalization and Cultural Identities

20 ECTS

Through the academic work with the discipline(s) in each module, the student should acquire the following knowledge, skills and competences:

Knowledge:

  • Understanding of globalization theory and theories about the relationship between the global and the local.
  • The ability to reflect on intercultural relations on a scientific basis, including the connection between language and identity formation.
  • Understanding of the role which cultural interaction and intercultural communication play in the formation of identity in organisations and communities.

Skills:

  • The ability to identify and analyse global, social and cultural issues based on theories and methods within the humanities.
  • The ability to assess and apply relevant theories and methods from the humanities, and establish and explain possible solutions to intercultural issues on this basis.
  • The ability to work with and discuss complex scientific issues related to the formation of identity in a multicultural context.
  • The ability to communicate their knowledge in multicultural contexts for both colleagues and non-specialists.

Competences:

  • The ability to cooperate in international and intercultural project management.
  • The ability to function as intercultural players and identify, facilitate and evaluate creative solutions to complex cultural, organisational and societal challenges.
  • The ability to independently identify, describe and carry out projects in an intercultural context.
  • The ability to independently take responsibility for their own academic development and specialisation, including identifying their own potential for development through cultural differences.
  • The ability to reflect academically on what they do, and to apply their academic expertise to multicultural contexts.
The ability to work with current cultural and societal issues in a project-oriented and interdisciplinary way.

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Cultural Interactions in Times of Globalization 10 ECTS Semester 1 7-point grading scale
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Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of the exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

  • Can reflect on the relationship between modernity, globalization and cultural identity.
  • Demonstrates insight into cultural globalization processes, including relevant theories about identity, changes of identity and identity relations.
  • Can document knowledge of issues in their own and/or other countries in relation to cultural encounters and intercultural relations.
  • Is able to use this knowledge in the practical analysis of specific cases.

Contents:

In the course, the student will work with various theoretical approaches to how current globalization processes affect the relationship between time, place and cultural identities. The student will also work with how global economic dynamics and intensified relations of conflict increase geographical mobility, and how media and information technology minimise communication barriers in time and space. Through a selection of specific cases, the student studies how language and cultures are re- and de-territorialised, how global cultural discourses are appropriated and hybridised, and how traditional cultural products are remediated and circulated transnationally. Various approaches to the understanding of cultural identity (sociological, anthropological, narrative, etc.) are presented for the purpose of understanding how today’s cultural identities are of a dynamic and complex nature, which can only be grasped in a global and procedural perspective.

Forms of instruction:

  • Classroom instruction

Comments on form of instruction:

The student will work with varied forms of instruction, which are used appropriately in the different phases of the course:

  1. Classroom instruction in the introductory phase, where focus is on the establishment of a solid theoretical knowledge within the subject field.
  2. Work in groups in planned discussion lessons in order to generate thesis statements for both individual and group assignments. Here, the focus is placed on collaborative processing of the subject field based on specific problem areas.
  3. Project work, individually or in groups, with specific issues.
  4. Independent studies of literary works and secondary literature and theory. Individual work and/or study groups.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

A written group assignment, on a topic of the students’ choice, which must be written in groups of 2-5.
8-10 standard pages per student. It must be possible to evaluate all parts of the assignment individually, except the thesis statement and conclusion.
The topic and method used in the assignment must be relevant to the content of the course and are subject to approval by the course instructor/supervisor.
In special circumstances, the instructor may allow students to write individual assignments.

The re-examination takes the following form:
An individual written take-home assignment on a topic of the student’s choice, 8-10 standard pages in length.
The topic and method used in the assignment must be relevant to the content of the course and are subject to approval by the course instructor/supervisor.


Managing Cultural Interactions and Transfers 10 ECTS Semester 2 7-point grading scale
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Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of the exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student is able to:

  • Analyse and discuss intercultural processes and relations
  • Work in a project-oriented and interdisciplinary manner in a group
  • Independently identify, describe and carry out innovative projects in an intercultural context
  • Discuss complex scientific issues in an intercultural context
  • Apply relevant theory about globalisation, cultural transfer and interculturalism in connection with a specific, problem-oriented project

Contents:

In an increasingly globalized world, the number and importance of international and intercultural projects increases. The increasing interaction and exchange between people and organisations with diverse linguistic, cultural and social backgrounds contributes to increasing the complexity of the projects and thus the requirements of the participants’ intercultural competences, including their knowledge of intercultural conflicts and relations, and their historical embeddedness. This course provides the student with insight into the challenges and opportunities that arise when projects involve several cultures and/or are carried out in multicultural teams.

In cross-linguistic groups, the students have to find, analyse and reflect on projects they choose themselves. During the project work, the student has to identify and evaluate solutions to specific cultural, organisational or social issues. The project, which must be approved by one of the instructors involved, can deal with international or intercultural cooperation, transfer or translation between two or more cultural and language areas, or cultural exchange or organisational and commercial affairs in an global context.

The project-oriented group work will be supported by classroom teaching and lectures on theoretical and methodical issues related to intercultural project management and the corporate identity of organisations and communities.

Forms of instruction:

  • Classroom instruction

Comments on form of instruction:

The teaching is based on problem-oriented and case-based project work in groups composed of students from across Intercultural Studies: English, Spanish, Latin American Studies, German and French. The project is supported by joint lectures on relevant theoretical and methodical issues. A supervisor will be assigned to each project group.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Take-home assignment

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

Portfolio exam
The portfolio consists of a number of written assignments, which are set by the instructor during the course. The number of tasks and their form (length, set and/or free, individual and/or group, etc.) will be announced in writing by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.
The entire set of assignments must be submitted as a portfolio after the end of the course.





Local Representations and Interactions

30 ECTS

Through the academic work with the discipline(s) in each module, the student should acquire the following knowledge, skills and competences:

Knowledge:

  • In-depth knowledge of intercultural relations in different parts of the world, including knowledge of their historical foundation.
  • Understanding of globalization theory and theories about the relationship between the global and the local.
  • Knowledge about intercultural communication and analysis based on leading international research.
  • The ability to reflect on intercultural relations on a scientific basis, including the connection between language and identity formation.
  • Understanding of the role which cultural interaction and intercultural communication play in the formation of identity in organisations and communities.

Skills:

  • The ability to identify and analyse global, social and cultural issues based on theories and methods within the humanities.
  • The ability to assess and apply relevant theories and methods from the humanities, and establish and explain possible solutions to intercultural issues on this basis.
  • The ability to work with and discuss complex scientific issues related to the formation of identity in a multicultural context.
  • The ability to communicate their knowledge in multicultural contexts for both colleagues and non-specialists.
  • The ability to analyse and discuss intercultural and transcultural processes and relations, and to reflect on their historical dimensions.
  • The ability to analyse cultural artefacts and expressions, and to manage intercultural issues in a current and historical context.

Competences:

  • The ability to cooperate in international and intercultural project management.
  • The ability to function as intercultural players and identify, facilitate and evaluate creative solutions to complex cultural, organisational and societal challenges.
  • The ability to independently identify, describe and carry out projects in an intercultural context.
  • The ability to independently take responsibility for their own academic development and specialisation, including identifying their own potential for development through cultural differences.
  • The ability to reflect academically on what they do, and to apply their academic expertise to multicultural contexts.
The ability to work with current cultural and societal issues in a project-oriented and interdisciplinary way.

Se kursusudbud
Local Representations, History and Globalization 20 ECTS Semester 1 7-point grading scale
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Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of the exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the formal and thematic characteristics and contexts of the cultural products dealt with, and of the tension between global and local formation of meaning.
  • Is able to characterise specific features of these cultural products through a methodologically coherent and reflective analysis.
  • Understands how to explain the positioning of artefacts in a relevant context of a historical nature.
  • Understands how to explain and elaborate this positioning by means of relevant concepts and theories.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current debates and issues within the course’s subject area in selected parts of the world, in a historical perspective.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history, society, culture and media in selected parts of the world.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply and critically reflect on relevant theories and methods in the analysis of selected, current issues.

Contents:

One of the main aims of the course is to clarify the premises for the formation of meaning for art and culture in an intercultural perspective. The course aims at an in-depth understanding of themes and representational strategies of works and cultural artefacts in their local design. The works must be understood in their significance for the processes and perceptions of identity. On the basis of globalization these are subject to constant negotiation and local re-shaping. The course involved working with texts, artefacts and cultural phenomena from various parts of the world.

Works of art and other cultural products are involved in this process owing not least to their form, genre and communicative context, which is why the aesthetic and medial dimension and its analysis play a central role in the course.

The second aim of the course is to establish sound knowledge and analytical competences within the historical, cultural-historical and societal subject area, forming the basis for the analysis and understanding of the mentioned artefacts. The focus is on both historical and contemporary issues, topics and debates, which are dealt with by involving new relevant concepts and theories to ensure that the work done on the primary objects of analysis is constantly reflected in relation to a relevant theoretical framework and with references to secondary material, including the relation to intercultural issues.

Finally, the course offers insight into methodological issues connected with the study of cultural artefacts and their position in a historical and social context.

Forms of instruction:

  • Classroom instruction

Comments on form of instruction:

The student will work with varied forms of instruction, which are used appropriately in the different phases of the course:

  1. Classroom instruction in the introductory phase, where focus is on the establishment of a sound knowledge base within the subject area.
  2. Work in groups in planned discussion lessons in order to generate thesis statements. Here, the focus is placed on collaborative processing of the subject field based on specific problem areas.
  3. Written, individual or group work, for the portfolio.
  4. In between these activities, there is independent reading both individually and in study groups: the study of works and secondary literature and theory.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Requirements for sitting the exam: Submission of a collection of assignments which the instructor sets during the course. The number of tasks and their form (length, set and/or free, individual and/or group, etc.) and the submission deadline will be announced in writing by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

Form of co-examination: External co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

Individual, written take-home assignment on a topic of the student’s choice, 10-12 standard pages in length.
The topic and method used in the assignment must be relevant to the content of the course and are subject to approval by the course instructor/supervisor.
The examination may be taken in groups of up to 5 students, length 10-12 standard pages per student, but it must be possible to assess the contribution made by each individual student, with the exception of the introduction and conclusion.

The re-examination takes the following form:
An individual, written take-home assignment on a set topic, 10-12 standard pages in length, duration one week.


Intercultural Communication and Competence 10 ECTS Semester 2 7-point grading scale
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Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of the exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

  • Can document knowledge of and insight into message optimisation with the aim of intercultural communication in English as a lingua franca
  • Can demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the interaction between linguistic and cultural phenomena in communicative contexts
  • Can reliably identify, analyse and communicate about complex intercultural issues
  • Can document a thorough knowledge of theoretical aspects of English as a tool for international communication
  • Can produce a theoretically considered analysis of defined problems on the basis of relevant literature within the subject area, as well as reflecting on and assessing the theories and methods used

Contents:

The course explores the linguistic and cultural background for the achievement of successful intercultural communication. The student will work with a number of relevant topics such as speech acts and linguistic politeness, cultural keywords, language and identity, language and gender, linguae francae and international language, the meeting of language and cultures, diglossia, linguistic and cultural transfer, non-verbal communication, stereotypes and language-specific mental representations. The course will also ensure a thorough understanding and knowledge of relevant cultural aspects of English as a lingua franca. The content of the course is founded in theory and practice, with competences in oral and written language proficiency and communication being trained and developed.

Forms of instruction:

  • Classroom instruction

Comments on form of instruction:

Teaching in the course takes place in classes with varying methods of work, including instructor presentations, group work, student presentations, group discussions and exercises, as well as peer and instructor supervision. The teaching will include a number of cases, which may form the basis of project-based work.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Oral exam on a topic of own choice

Exam duration: 30 minute(s)

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

Oral exam with synopsis.

The synopsis is based on 1-2 issues from the course. The topic and method of the synopsis must be relevant to the content of the course and are subject to approval by the course instructor/supervisor.
The synopsis must be 4-5 standard pages in length and forms the basis for the oral exam, which is without preparation and lasts 30 minutes, including evaluation.
In the evaluation, equal emphasis is placed on the synopsis and the oral part of the examination.





Electives

10 ECTS

Through the academic work with the discipline(s) in each module, the student should acquire the following knowledge, skills and competences:

Knowledge:

  • In-depth knowledge of intercultural relations in different parts of the world, including knowledge of their historical foundation.
  • Knowledge about intercultural communication and analysis based on leading international research.
  • The ability to reflect on intercultural relations on a scientific basis, including the connection between language and identity formation.
  • Understanding of the role which cultural interaction and intercultural communication play in the formation of identity in organisations and communities.

Skills:

  • The ability to identify and analyse global, social and cultural issues based on theories and methods within the humanities.
  • The ability to communicate their knowledge in multicultural contexts for both colleagues and non-specialists.
  • The ability to analyse and discuss intercultural and transcultural processes and relations, and to reflect on their historical dimensions.
  • The ability to analyse cultural artefacts and expressions, and to manage intercultural issues in a current and historical context.

Competences:

  • The ability to independently take responsibility for their own academic development and specialisation, including identifying their own potential for development through cultural differences.
  • The ability to independently identify, describe and carry out projects in an intercultural context.
  • The ability to reflect academically on what they do, and to apply their academic expertise to multicultural contexts.
  • Work with current cultural and societal issues in a project-oriented and interdisciplinary way.

In this module the student is free to choose between the following two disciplines:
Communication, Media and Intercultural Identities, 10 ECTS
Cultural Industries, 10 ECTS

Se kursusudbud
Communication, Media and Intercultural Identities 10 ECTS Passed /failed
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Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of the exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

  • Can account for and discuss specific cases using relevant theoretical concepts.
  • Can reflect theoretically and empirically on (and demonstrate knowledge of) the contemporary and historical significance of various media for society in selected intercultural contexts, including the global news flow, and their impact in different parts of the world, as well as their representations in films, online newspapers and social media.
  • Demonstrates skills in structuring and communicating a given subject area in English.
  • Can work in a practical manner with a range of digital media.

Contents:

The course focuses on the roles played by modern means of communication in the formation of identity and on how modern communication forms are affected by globalization as well as promoting globalization.
The students work analytically with specific examples of the role of the media based on historical, cultural and social conditions in selected countries.
In addition, the students work with the dissemination of knowledge of the subject area through various media.
So the course has both an analytical and an application-oriented approach.

Forms of instruction:

  • Classroom instruction

Comments on form of instruction:
Classroom instruction, lectures, practical work with media texts, supervision.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Lecture participation

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: Passed /failed

Comments:

The course is passed through satisfactory classroom participation, which means regular, active and satisfactory participation in lessons available during the semester, including handing in a number of assignments set by the course instructor during the semester. The number of assignments, their form (individual and/or group-based, digital, written and/or oral, set or on a topic of the student’s choice etc.) as well as the deadline for submission will be set by the course instructor at the beginning of the semester.

Groups may contain up to four students, but it must be possible to assess the contribution of each individual student in the group.

All assignments should be handed in to the course instructor by the end of the semester on a specified date.

‘Regular’ means participating in at least 75% of the available lessons.
‘Active’ participation means that the student should participate in the activities associated with the teaching (general preparation, participation in class discussions, assignment work, etc.).
‘Satisfactory’ participation means that the student has reached the academic level required to pass the exam.

The re-examination takes the following form:
Individual take-home assignment on a set topic, 8-10 standard pages in length, duration one week.


Cultural Industries 10 ECTS 7-point grading scale
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Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of the exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

  • Demonstrates knowledge and thorough understanding of and insight into relevant theories, analytical methods and their application within the subject area of the course.
  • Demonstrates the ability to assess and interpret relevant information within the subject area of the course, as well as the ability to apply relevant analytical methods.
  • Demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the subject area, its relevant research literature and relevant issues.
  • Can account for and discuss specific cases using relevant theoretical concepts.
  • Demonstrates skills in structuring the subject area covered by the course.
  • Demonstrates skills in communicating selected aspects of the course in advanced and suitably varied academic language.

Contents:

This course examines selected cultural activities within the private and public sector in the English-speaking world and in non-profit organisations: from production and financing via sales promotion to consumption.
By including examples from various cultural areas (such as film and television, cultural heritage and tourism, music and digital media), the course deals with themes such as cultural branding, identity creation and the dissemination of culture. During the course, we will look at how these themes relate to financing (public or private), to the market, to the development of cultural industries, to cultural policy, to sales promotion and/or to fandoms. We will look at cultural industries and their products as expressions of social contexts and origins, as well as how these industries affect society. Case studies may range from literature, film and cultural festivals through regional events to specific branding. The course examines these areas by means of relevant theories and concepts, seeking to explain, assess and interpret the interplay between culture and its production, not least the synergy and tension between art and product, creativity and planning, aesthetic effect and consumer demands.

Forms of instruction:

  • Classroom instruction

Comments on form of instruction:

The teaching consists of a combination of, for example, seminars, workshops, lectures, case studies, field trips and/or supervision. Emphasis is placed on study methods such as the reading of primary and secondary texts, written assignments and/or oral contributions from the students, data collection and processing, classroom discussions and group work.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments: Individual, written take-home assignment on a topic of the student’s choice, 14-16 standard pages in length.
The assignment is based on a case study selected by the student.
The topic/case is subject to approval by the course instructor/supervisor.





Profile

30 ECTS

The following disciplines may be included in the profile module, in accordance with the preference of the student:

• Project Management in a Globalized World (20 ECTS) + Elective Profile Course (10 ECTS).
• International elective subjects (30 ECTS), for which credit can be transferred following study at a university outside Denmark.
• Fieldwork/internship (30 ECTS) 

The competence profile of the module depends on the student’s choice and is described in the course descriptions.


Elective profile course:
The student can choose a profile course offered under a thematic profile. Profile courses are taught in the autumn semester. A given semester’s range of profile courses is registered by the respective boards of studies for approval by the dean before being published in the Aarhus University course catalogue, one year prior to the commencement of the course. Detailed stipulations regarding the form, content and examination format of each individual option are stated in the individual course descriptions in the catalogue.
Detailed guidelines for application, priorities and admission to profile courses can be found on the website http://studerende.au.dk/en/studies/subject-portals/arts/teaching/profile-courses/.


Qualification profile for International electives:
Knowledge:

  • In-depth knowledge of central topics within globalization, intercultural communication, the study of collective identity formation and/or methodical aspects associated with working with these issues.
  • Proficiency in the application of relevant terminology.
  • The ability to incorporate various areas of knowledge in the solution of academic issues, thus achieving a new understanding of a given subject area.

Skills:

  • The ability to define and analyse an academic research issue.
  • The ability to process and communicate an academic issue in English.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant issues, methods of analysis and their application.

Competences:

  • The ability to engage in an international, academic environment.
  • The ability to participate in cross-cultural collaborations.
  • The ability to enter into a cross-cultural collaborations with other people with different education and competence profiles, and to bring scholarly knowledge from one area into play with knowledge from other subject areas.
Credits from international elective subjects are transferred from passed exams at a university abroad. The credit transfer is subject to preliminary approval by the board of studies.

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Intercultural Project Management in a Globalized World 20 ECTS 7-point grading scale
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Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of the exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

  • Can reflect on cultural and intercultural issues related to the actions of organisations in a global context.
  • Can reflect on cultural and identity-related factors and their impact on specific organisational and societal challenges.
  • Can apply their academic skills to develop solutions for complex global issues.
  • Can document skills in collecting relevant information and in using empirical data in the solution of specific challenges.
  • Can function as an intercultural player in a project-oriented context and lead a process from disharmony to value creation.
  • Can reflect on their own role in a project-oriented context, and can, in connection to this, show a critical insight into their own contribution to the solution of complex issues.

Contents:

In this course, the students will work in a project- and problem-oriented manner with intercultural issues related to the activities of organisations in a global context. The students will work with specific empirical issues, which are analysed on the basis of relevant theoretical and methodical approaches, and with a view to finding solutions to issues and challenges associated with globalization.

The focus will be on ways of transforming problems into business or societal value, either within the framework of an existing organisation or through the development of a new concept. In working with the project, the students will develop knowledge of their own academic competences and how these competences can play a role in the transformation of situations characterised by disharmony to specific value creation and the exploration of new opportunities.

It is possible to work both with social responsibility and social entrepreneurship, and with business-related forms of value creation.

The group work is supported by lectures with the focus on global issues, including social and cultural issues. In addition, the teaching will be based on cases and the emphasis will be on understanding how these cases are embedded in a rapidly changing global and cultural context. The students will also gain insight into how different cultures call for different solutions and strategies.

Forms of instruction:

  • Classroom instruction

Comments on form of instruction:

Project-based group work supported by lectures and group supervision. Peer feedback will be arranged, and part of the group work will involve the students providing constructive feedback to the work of other groups.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

A written group assignment, on a topic of the students’ choice, which must be written in groups of 1-5.
Length 14-16 standard pages per student.
When groups of 2-5 students are involved, it must be possible to evaluate the performance of each student individually, with the exception of the introduction and conclusion.
The topic and method used in the assignment must be relevant to the content of the course and are subject to approval by the course instructor/supervisor.


Internship/fieldstudy 30 ECTS Passed /failed
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Description of qualifications:

The placement provides students with the opportunity to specialise their Master’s degree in a specific academic direction, including incorporating other subject areas to underline their individual academic profile. Students complete an internship at a public or private organisation which has an international orientation. Students are also given the opportunity to develop an independently defined project, including the planning of field study in which relevant empirical data is collected. Students complete an analysis of important empirical and practice-orientated issues as a part of the internship. The analysis includes a consideration of the academic competences developed by the student during the internship, as well as a discussion of how the student’s academic competences have helped to solve specific tasks and challenges. Based on the internship and the analysis, the student acquires the following knowledge, skills and competences:

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the selected area from an intercultural perspective
  • Knowledge about specific expectations and challenges in a commercial or other practical context

Skills:

  • Skills in reflecting on relevant commercial or other practice-oriented issues on the basis of theories and methods within the humanities.
  • Skills in analysing practice-oriented issues or an organisation and its activities from an intercultural perspective.
  • Skills in collecting and using relevant information and data.

Competences:

  • The ability to reflect academically on what they do, and to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses in a commercial or other practice-oriented context.
  • The ability to reflect on their own intercultural competences in a commercial or other practical context.
  • The ability to enter into collegial and/or project-oriented contexts.
  • The ability to independently take responsibility for their own academic development and specialisation, including identifying their own potential for development by studying cultural differences.

In the evaluation of the exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

  • Reflects on how knowledge, skills and competences acquired throughout the degree programme could be applied during the internship.
  • Is able to analyse one or more cultural and/or intercultural issues related to the internship.
  • Is able to identify, combine and apply relevant concepts, theories and methods reviewed during the first year of the degree programme in a specific practical analysis.
  • Can document skills in collecting relevant information and in applying empirical data in the analysis and/or solution of specific challenges.

Contents:

The fieldwork/internship consists of a placement, in an internationally oriented organisation where the student performs specific practical tasks. The student is responsible for arranging the internship on their own initiative. The university is not obliged to secure an internship for the student. The internship can also take the form of a self-designed project, in which the student independently conducts and presents a project, or in which the student independently collects and analyses relevant empirical data. The student must prepare a written contract between the employer and the student, specifying the content and duration of the internship. The contract must specify the total workload including supervision and examination, equivalent to 30 ECTS credits (approx. 820 hours). The internship/work placement as well as the topic and methods of the final assignment must be relevant to the study of Intercultural Studies and are subject to the approval of the head of department. The student is assigned a supervisor from the programme who will ensure that the learning outcomes are achieved. If the student takes part in an internship at an organisation, a contact person in the organisation responsible for the student must also be assigned. A written agreement is entered into between the workplace and the board of studies. The agreement must contain the details regarding the contents and duration of the internship.

In connection to the fieldwork/internship, the student must complete a short e-learning programme, which focuses on intercultural issues connected to the activities of the organisation in a global context. In this connection, the student will prepare a small number of brief assignments focusing on how central methodical and theoretical concepts can increase the understanding of specific issues connected with the fieldwork/internship.

Forms of instruction:

  • Supervision

Comments on form of instruction:
Student supervision and e-learning

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: Passed /failed

Comments:

Individual, written, take-home assignment on a topic of the student’s choice, 20-22 standard pages, based on time spent at an international organisation.
The assignment must include a statement from the host organisation, and a small number of approved assignments completed as a part of the e-learning programme, enclosed as appendices.

The written assignment must contain the following elements:

General conditions (4-5 pages): This part of the assignment must contain a description of the workplace, including a description of relevant international and/or intercultural factors internally at the workplace or in the activities of the organisation. In this connection, the assignment must include a detailed description and consideration of the student’s tasks during the internship.

Analysis (15-16 pages): Here, the student must analyse the internship from an intercultural perspective. The analysis can focus on internal conditions or on the organisation's relations to the surrounding world. The student must use relevant literature and themes covered in the first two semesters of the degree programme, or other relevant literature.

Personal reflections (approx. 1 page): In the last part of the assignment, the assignment’s other discussions should be used as the basis of personal academic reflections, including how the competences that the student has developed during their studies have been used to perform specific tasks during the internship. In this connection, the student may also reflect on how the practical tasks have contributed to new academic insights and to increasing the student’s intercultural competences. Finally, this part of the exam can discuss how the experience can help the student in a future, commercial context.





Thesis

30 ECTS

Through the academic work with the module’s course(s), the student must acquire the following knowledge, skills and competences

Knowledge:

  • In-depth, research-based insight into an intercultural subject area in one or more selected countries.
  • Knowledge of relevant theoretical and methodical approaches.
  • In-depth insight into relevant academic literature.

Skills:

  • The ability to formulate a clear and relevant issue based on independent work with a selected intercultural and/or international subject area.
  • The ability to process, discuss and problematise a relevant intercultural and/or international issue in one or more selected countries.
  • The ability to collect, assess and discuss relevant academic literature.
  • The ability to communicate an academic issue in a structured and coherent manner.
  • The ability to analyse and assess relevant source material.

Competences:

  • The ability to produce independent written material on a defined subject.
  • The ability to reflect on the approach adopted, including the methods and theories chosen.
  • The ability to argue in a consistent, substantiated manner.
The ability for self-reflection, i.e. constantly evaluating the choice of theory and method in relation to practice, and then choosing new or supplementary theory and method on this basis if necessary.

Se kursusudbud
Thesis 30 ECTS Semester 4 7-point grading scale
Exam details

Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of the exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

  • Can identify, define and analyse a relevant academic issue.
  • Can reflect and conclude on/assess an academically defined subject area.
  • Selects and uses relevant primary and secondary literature.
  • Can critically relate to the sources, theories and methods used.
  • Demonstrates familiarity with standard principles for academic method and skills in applying methods and theories in order to independently define and deal with issues within the selected area.
  • Can communicate an academic subject to an audience in an appropriate manner.

Contents:

The thesis is a major, independent, academic assignment on a topic chosen by the student.
The aim of the thesis is to further develop academic competences and the skills practised in previous parts of the Master’s degree programme. A high degree of independence is required from the student in the formulation of the thesis statement, information searching and the writing of the thesis.

Forms of instruction:

  • Supervision

Comments on form of instruction:

Supervision

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

•  Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Form of co-examination: External co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

The examination consists of a written assignment on a topic of the student’s choice of 60-80 pages in length, excluding references and any appendices.

The thesis must contain a summary of 1-2 standard pages in English. The summary is included in the overall assessment, but is not included in the total number of pages.

If more than one student works on the thesis in collaboration, at least 40 standard pages must be available for individual assessment.


•  Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Form of co-examination: External co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments: The examination consists of a practical product (with documentation) and an associated written presentation.

The scope and nature of the product is agreed upon with the supervisor and must appear in the thesis contract. The associated written presentation must be of 30-50 standard pages in length, and must include theoretical and methodical reflections relating to the product and/or production process.

The thesis must contain a summary of 1-2 standard pages in English. The summary is included in the overall assessment, but is not included in the total number of pages.

The thesis and product may be produced by up to three students working in collaboration. Parts of the thesis, including the thesis statement, conclusion and summary, may be produced in collaboration, but at least 30 standard pages per student must be available for individual assessment.


•  Take-home assignment

Form of co-examination: External co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

The examination consists of a written assignment on a topic of the student’s choice and consists of a portfolio of 2-6 written presentations, completed during the course, with an overall length of 20-40 standard pages, as well as a concluding, written presentation of 20-30 standard pages. The written presentations included in the portfolio focus upon selected issues (related to the process or other aspects). The concluding written presentation must present relevant theoretical and methodical issues as well as reflection and perspectives.

The thesis must contain a summary of 1-2 standard pages in English. The summary is included in the overall assessment, but is not included in the total number of pages.








3. General rules

3.1 Authority

The Degree Programme Order, The Ministerial Order no. 1328 of 15/11/2016 on Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programmes at the Universities (https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=184781). (in Danish only).

The Examination Order, Ministerial Order no. 1062 of 30/06/2016 on University Degree Programme Examinations (https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=183445) (in Danish only).

The Ministerial Order on the Grading Scale and Other Forms of Assessment of University Education (grading scale order) (https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=167998) (in Danish only).

The Master's (Candidatus) Admissions Order, Ministerial Order no. 111 of 30/01/2017 on Admission to Master's Degree Programmes at Danish Universities (https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=186472) (in Danish only).


3.2 Credit and flexibility

Students who wish to complete degree programme elements at another university or institution of higher education in Denmark or abroad as part of their degree programme may apply for advance approval of transfer credit for planned subject elements. When applying for advance approval of credit transfer, applicants must pledge that they will submit documentation for the mark awarded for the degree programme elements in question (pass/fail) when the subject element has been completed. Applicants must also consent that the board of studies may procure the necessary documentation. Credit will subsequently be granted for successfully completed degree programme elements. The Board of Studies can also approve credit transfer from Danish or foreign institutions of higher education, cf.the Degree Programme Order and the Examination Order.If the university approves the credit transfer of a passed subject or subject element from a Danish or non-Danish institution of higher education, the assessment must be credited as 'Pass' or 'Approved'. If the subject element in question is assessed according to the 7-point grading scale at both institutions, the grade is transferred with the credit. If a subject or subject element etc. is taken at an educational institution abroad, an enclosure to the certificate must indicate the grade awarded according to the grading scale used at that institution and must provide a description of the grading scale used.

3.3 Registration and withdrawal

Registration for courses, exams and elective courses
Students are responsible for registering for courses and exams each semester. As a service to students following the prescribed curriculum for their degree programme, they will be registered for teaching and exams in the obligatory courses of their degree programme in the prescribed order stated in the academic regulations immediately before the registration deadline. Students are responsible for ensuring that their registrations are correct by the deadline for registration and withdrawal. Withdrawal from an exam cannot take place after the deadline of withdrawal. If a student does not participate in the exam, he/she will be registered with a Not Passed grade.

Students, who follow the prescribed curriculum, have priority to classes on the semester, which they have reached according to the academic regulations.

Students must register for and (when necessary) prioritise elective courses before the set deadline, which can be found on the study portal. After the deadline for withdrawal, the elective course becomes a compulsory part of the student’s degree programme and cannot be changed.

The deadlines for registration and withdrawal can be found on the study portal.

Registration and withdrawal from re-examinations (second and third examination attempts):
Students who do not pass their first examination attempt can register for their second examination attempt during the re-examination period of the same semester.  In order to register for the re-examination, students must have participated in the ordinary exam prior to the re-examination. Re-examinations are held twice a year: immediately after the ordinary examination period and in the following semester’s examination period. Students who do not pass their first examination attempt must register for the re-examination before the set deadline, which can be found on the study portal.

The deadline for withdrawal is the same as the deadline for registration for re-examinations and can be found on the study portal.

Re-examinations (second and third examination attempts):
Re-examinations take place during the re-examination period. If the academic regulations state only one form of examination for a given exam, the student can request to take the exam during the ordinary examination period. Such a request must be submitted no later than on expiry of the deadline for registration (see the study portal). Students who submit their request thereafter cannot expect to have their request accepted.

When the academic regulations specify a special form of examination for the re-examination, this form of re-examination must be used for the student’s second and third examination attempt, unless the student meets the requirement for class participation and the exam is interrupted due to documented illness that entitles the student to a re-examination.

For AU rules concerning examinations, see http://www.au.dk/en/about/organisation/index/5/56/5602examinationsausrules/

Active enrolment requirements
An active enrolment requirement of 45 ECTS per academic year apply to all students (see Aarhus University's rules of 1 September 2016: http://www.au.dk/en/about/organisation/index/4/41/). This means that students must pass a minimum of 45 ECTS per academic year.


3.4 Spelling and fluency

When assessing master's (candidatus) theses and other major written assignments, emphasis must, in addition to the academic content, also be placed on the students' spelling and writing skills. The curriculum stipulates how spelling and writing skills are weighted in the overall assessment of the examination performance, but the academic content is always given the highest weight, unless the subject or subject element is language or foreign language.

3.5 Regulations for assignments

Conditions regarding the extent of written submissions are stated in the description of each degree programme component. A normal page for written submissions is 2400 characters (with spaces). To calculate normal pages, both text and notes are included, but not the front page, table of contents and bibliography. Written submissions that do not comply with these conditions cannot be accepted for assessment.

3.6 Using computers for examinations

For the university's regulations regarding the use of computers in examinations, see http://www.au.dk/en/about/organisation/index/5/56/

3.7 Project-oriented course

Options for project-oriented courses are stated in the description of the individual study element.

3.8 Exemption

An exemption is a deviation from that or those regulations that normally apply for the area in question. Exemption can be granted on the basis of an application sent to the authority that has the power to grant such exemption. An application for exemption must be submitted to the board of studies. If another authority has the power to grant exemption, the board of studies forwards the application to the appropriate authority (e.g. the dean, rector or ministry). An application for exemption must be made in writing, stating reasons, and must be submitted as soon as possible. For the application to be processed immediately, it must include a precise account of the regulation from which exemption is sought, and what such exemption is intended to achieve (e.g. permission to use special aids, extension of examination time, postponement of time limits). Documentation for the unusual conditions that justify exemption must be enclosed with the application. Importance will not normally be attached to such conditions if they are not documented.

3.9 Appeals and complaints

Complaints must be submitted to the Board of Studies. A prerequisite for immediate processing is that the complaint must be made in writing, stating reasons. The complaint must state both the cause of the complaint and what the complainant expects to achieve. Complaints regarding examinations must be submitted no later than 14 days following the release of the examination results, cf. The Examination Order. If your appeal is denied, you have the option of bringing it before a board of appeals. The board of appeals may only hear appeals regarding academic issues. The appeal, which must be in writing with reasons given, must be sent to the board of studies within two weeks of receipt of the university's decision.

3.10 Examinations

Prerequisites
If you need to fulfil a prerequisite in order to sit an exam, your lecturer must confirm that the prerequisite has been fulfilled prior to the exam. If you do not meet the prerequisite, you cannot sit the exam and will have used one exam attempt. This applies to both scheduled exams and re-examinations. If you need to fulfil a prerequisite in order to sit a scheduled exam, you will typically have to upload a certain number of assignments to Blackboard by a deadline set by your lecturer. If you need to fulfil a prerequisite in order to sit your re-examination, you will have to submit a certain number of assignments to your examiner by the deadline for registering for the re-examination. The deadline can be found on the study portal.

Syllabus
A syllabus may be reused. However, with the reservation that it is only valid for three semesters: the semester in which the course is taught, and the following two semesters.

Language of examination
The language of examination is the same as the language of instruction, which is  English. Subject to arrangement with the teacher, students may take the exam in Danish, English, Norwegian or Swedish in all the courses on their degree programme. This does not apply to the language courses in which the language of examination and the language of instruction are always English.

Assessment
In the assessment of all written examinations, emphasis will be placed on the student's ability to present an academic problem area and manage an academic task, including compliance with formal academic requirements (references, quotations, etc.). In the assessment of all oral examinations, emphasis will be placed on the student's ability to present academic material, organise an oral presentation and enter into academically constructive dialogue. The results of all examinations are stated on the diploma, including their ECTS value. 

Acts and ministerial orders, as well as the university's rules and regulations relating to education, are available in the electronic rules and regulations of Aarhus University at http://www.au.dk/en/about/organisation/index/5/56/


3.11 Exchange

Options for exchange are stated in the description of the individual study element.

4. Changes to the academic regulations

01.09.2016:
Update of general rules and time frame for the completion of the degree programme

01.09.2017:
Update of general rules 
Specifications regarding internships
Phase-out of orally defence on portfolio thesis