Eco-literacy and Intercultural Competence


Green Literacy
Human resources
Contact hours
27 Hof which 12 is/are e-learning
Number of spots
Open to visitors

Pedagogical contribution of the course to the program

LEARNING GOAL 1 : Students will master state-of-the-art knowledge and tools in management fields in general, as well as in areas specific to the specialized field of management.

Students will identify a business organization’s operational and managerial challenges in a complex and evolving environment.
LEARNING GOAL 2 : Students will develop advanced-level managerial skills.
Students will work collaboratively in a team.
Students will participate in a decision-making process in a critical way.
Students will communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, in a business context.
LEARNING GOAL 3 : Students will demonstrate their understanding of practices reflecting ethical, diversity and sustainable development values in business organizations.
Students will identify and analyze issues relating to diversity, ethics and sustainable development in their business context.
LEARNING GOAL 4: Students will study and work effectively in a multicultural and international environment.
Students will analyze business organizations and problems in a multicultural and international environment


The course integrates and focuses on Eco-literacy and Intercultural competence in the context of 21st C management and global citizenship. The course’s philosophy is founded on the concept that managers have to be able to cultivate intercultural competence skills to manage diversity in global business relationships with clients, employees, partners etc. But equally, if not more importantly, given the current climate crisis, to be able to better manage the most important relationship/stake-holder perhaps of all, MOTHER NATURE and the planet. Therefore, the student will learn about the integrated importance of intercultural competence and eco-responsibility (Eco-Literacy / Carbon Literate). An integrated management approach is relevant in this context as management’s imperative must be to strive to manage in an efficient and effective manner as possible the diverse relationships of not only the people who inhabit the planet, but also the planet itself. This course aims to equip the students as they launch their professional career paths with an increased awareness of the importance of intercultural skills, knowledge and competencies to integrate the twin objectives of being effective managers in the workplace while being effective global citizens with regard to climate change

Teaching methods


- Lectures
- E-learning

In group

- Exercises
- Oral presentations
- Projects
- Case studies/texts


- Discussions/debates


No items in this list have been checked.

Learning objectives

Cognitive domain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
  • - (level 4) analyze how how culture impacts the behavior of managers through fundamental pillars of management such s planning, leading, controlling, organizing etc and understanding the cultural rationale as to why people behave differently in the workplace
  • - (level 4) manage Manage cultural differences in the different values systems wherever you encounter them, and managing the impact that culture has on top and bottom line strategy in international institutions.
  • - (level 5) appraise Appraise the climate impacts of mankind’s everyday actions. Appraise, compare and assess the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the have ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organizational basis.

Affective domain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
  • - (level 2) communicate better communicate effectively across cultures, and in different cultural contexts
  • - (level 2) participate Participate more effectively and efficiently in international contexts e.g. international teams, negotiations, meetings etc
  • - (level 2) perform Navigate through the impact of culture of critical management functions such as negotiations, managing teams, running meetings and leadership.
  • - (level 5) act Act on new knowledge by initiating pro-environmental behaviour change and demonstrating ideas and know-how to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organizational basis.’


This pilot course set outs to foster intercultural competence and Eco-literacy (Ecoresponsibility/carbon literacy) for the trainee manager of the 21st Century. The course will follow a COIL methodology. That is to say it will follow a hybrid virtual exchange format for 12 hours online in collaboration with our students from our partner university Sheffield Hallam University and 15 hours physical in class attendance at EM Strasbourg Business School with the EM Strasbourg based student cohort. The course is a 27hour, HYBRID program for EM Strasbourg students. 12 hours online and 15 hours physically face to face in class. The course combines online lectures, physical in class lectures, consisting of discussion, video cases, group work, presentations, and emphasizes a dynamic interactive approach encouraging student interaction. There are 11 sessions to attend to complete this course. 6 on-line courses lasting 2 hours, and 5 face to face (Physical) courses lasting between 2-4 hours. (Total 27 contact hours 5 ECTS credits). Class 1: Physical 11/01, 13h à 17h (on site) 4hrs at EM Strasbourg Business School Introduction to course, intercultural management & eco-literacy Class 2: Physical 13/01, 13h à 17h (on site) 4hrs at EM Strasbourg Business School Intercultural competence A-Z Class 3: On-line 18/01, 15h à 17h (online) 2hrs Introduction to SHBS & Cultural Awareness Class 4: On-line 25/01, 15h à 17h (online) 2hrs The basic science of climate change Class 5: On-line, 08/02, 15h à 17h (online) 2hrs Exploring carbon footprints Class 6: On-line, 22/02, 15h à 17h (online) 2hrs The urgency of taking-action on climate change Double class - Class 7: Physical 01/03, 13h à 15h (on site) 2hrs EM Strasbourg Business School - Class 8: On-line 01/03, 15h à 17h (online) 2hrs The role of a university in delivering zero carbon Double class - Class 9: Physical 08/03, 13h à 15h (on site) 2hrs EM Strasbourg Business School - Class 10: On-line 08/03, 15h à 17h (online) 2hrs Carbon saving energy behaviours & taking-action Class 11: Physical 22/03,14h à 17h (on site) 3hrs EM Strasbourg Business School

No prerequisite has been provided

Knowledge in / Key concepts to master

English language, international experience and exchange, business/management acumen

Teaching material

Mandatory tools for the course

- Computer

Documents in all formats

- Newspaper articles
- Case studies/texts
- Worksheets
- Syllabus

Moodle platform

- Upload of class documents
- Interface to submit coursework
- Assessments


- Pack Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

Additional electronic platforms

No items in this list have been checked.

Recommended reading

Meyer, E. (2014) The Culture Map – Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures. New York, Public Affairs. Mac Gabhann, K. (2015) Bridging the Ethno-Cultural Gap: Managing Ethno-cultural Diversity in HealthCare Service Delivery in Hospital Settings: The Irish Experience, Verlag Dr.Kovac, Hamburg, 2015 415 p.

Mac Gabhann, K. (2011) La prise en compte des différences ethnoculturelles des patients à l’hôpital : une étude exploratoire en contexte français, In co-writing with T. Nobre, Revue Interdisciplinaire sur le Management et l'Humanisme, Vol. 305, Décembre 2011.

EM Research: Be sure to mobilize at least one resource

Textbooks, case studies, translated material, etc. can be entered
Mac Gabhann, K. (2012) Managing Ethno-cultural Diversity in Health Care Service Delivery: An Exploratory Evaluation of the Irish Experience in the Voluntary Hospital Sector. In cowriting with T. Nobre Journal d’Economie M.dicale, February 2011.


List of assessment methods

Intermediate assessment / continuous assessment 1Other (date, pop quiz, etc.) : All sessions
Oral / Individual / English / Weight : 20 %
Details : Attendance and participation
Intermediate assessment / continuous assessment 2Other (date, pop quiz, etc.) :
Written / Individual / English / Weight : 20 %
Details : Carbon saving energy behaviours & taking-action (Your study abroad)
Intermediate assessment / continuous assessment 3Class no. Due 11th March
Written and oral / Group / English / Weight : 30 %
Details : Cross-Cultural Team scale: oral & written paper.
Intermediate assessment / continuous assessment 4Class no. 8th March
Written and oral / Group / English / Weight : 30 %
Details : % Culture &/or Climate change: oral & written project.
No assessment methods have been attributed to this course yet.