United Kingdom, Leeds

Business and Cultural Awareness: Bridging the Gap

when 8 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee GBP 1770

What do we mean when we talk about culture? How can we describe cultures and what is their importance in business? This module examines the nature of culture, looks at culture at the national level and suggests there are other ways of examining culture. You will improve your own cultural awareness and learn how to factor in the role of culture in business situations. You will have the opportunity to consider Western and Eastern Business cultures, to examine their manifestation in business behaviour and every day activity. There will be practical exercises and company visits. These and other elements of culture will be used to focus your understanding through both self-reflection and an examination of various academic approaches to culture. The business context will be examined at a national level and consideration will be made of the impact of globalisation on the need for cross-cultural skills in communication and negotiation.

Please note, the Leeds International Summer School runs for four weeks (30 June - 29 July 2018) and comprises two modules, each lasting two weeks. As well as this module you must take another module in order to attend LISS for the full four weeks.

Course leader

Dr Giles Blackburne

Target group

Undergraduate/Bachelor students

Course aim

With critical engagement for a summer school module, students should be able to;
1. demonstrate an awareness of the importance of culture to business activity;
2. understand the wider meaning of culture and to put into context cultural ‘incidents’ and their significance;
3. understand the differences between culture and how they affect individual behaviour;
4. be able to relate culture to national and other influences and understand the relevance of cultural sites.

Credits info

5 EC
The module is worth 10 Leeds credits = 5 ECTS. You can transfer the credits earned back to your home degree subject to approval.

Fee info

GBP 1770: Includes tuition, accommodation, breakfast and lunch, Monday - Friday, academic field trip, weekend cultural excursions, social programme and premium gym membership.


Santander scholarships worth £500 are available for students with good academic standing to help pay your fees. You can apply as part of your application to LISS.