This module will be delivered via:
- 3-hour weekly sessions consisting of a 1-hour interactive lecture and a 2-hour complementary class.
The module takes a blended learning approach. Typically beginning with a lecture style overview of the aims and focus of the session, this will be followed by a group activity/ case-study analysis, and interactive group discussion. Personal study and student participation are integral to achievement of the module learning outcomes. Outside of the weekly sessions everyone is expected to spend time on private study, undertaking guided reading and preparation for the sessions, and ideally further reading in support of coursework. At the first session students will be assigned to groups within which they will work on module class activities, including presentations.
This learning and teaching format seeks to (a) facilitate exchange and discussion, encouraging the development of a critical, reflexive approach to understanding cross-cultural management, and (b) encourage the development of transferable skills. Module activities and recommended reading will be available via the module Moodle page.
In the second module session the students will be provided with further guidance on their assessed group presentation task. From among the group members, they will be asked to (a) choose the culture of one of the group (other than the UK) to focus on in their presentation and (b) to start to plan the presentation and how members of the team will contribute. They will be expected to draw on module content from the first three to four module sessions (as well as their private study).
Keeping a Learning Journal will support the development of your coursework essay by helping you to consistently reflect on issues in cross-cultural management week by week. To obtain this benefit, you will need to write down notes in your Learning Journal after each weekly session. Before each session closes you will be invited to briefly brainstorm one or two reflections to help kick start your post session reflection.
The coursework activities will be introduced in the first module session. Additional guidance on the Learning Journal activity will be supplemented by a podcast made available on Moodle (additional support will also be offered in academic support hours).
Personal Study and Student Participation
This is the most vital element of the course. Outside of the weekly sessions everyone is expected to spend time on private study, undertaking guided reading and preparation for the sessions, as well as further reading and research for the coursework assignment.
Remember, answering questions is not about being competitive with others in the group or being the ‘cleverest’ person in the room. I will often ask you questions to find out a range of viewpoints on the subject under discussion and to see what opinions, information and experience you may have that can help us all with the learning process. Take part in the module actively and we will all benefit from each other’s experience, learn more and enjoy our time together better.