Eco-literacy and Intercultural Competence


Green Literacy
Human resources
Contact hours
27 H
Number of spots
Open to visitors

Pedagogical contribution of the course to the program

Développer un management à impact grâce aux connaissances et aux outils les plus récents dans les domaines du management

Developing a strategic and managerial vision in a complex, uncertain and changing environment
Design solutions adapted to organizational problems by applying relevant methodologies

Développer des compétences managériales de niveau avancé se traduisant par un leadership responsable

Co-build a managerial and organizational culture through collaborations and team projects
Effectively argue his ideas orally and in writing with a professional posture

Pratiquer un management à impact dans un environnement multiculturel et international, porté par un "European mindset"

Communicate in a professional context in (foreign) languages, in writing and/or orally


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


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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).

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

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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.

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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. 22nd Feb (Class 10)
Written / Individual / English / Weight : 20 %
Details : Cross-Cultural Team scale: oral & written paper.
Intermediate assessment / continuous assessment 4Class no. 22 Feb class 10
Oral / Group / English / Weight : 20 %
Details : % Culture &/or Climate change: oral
Intermediate assessment / continuous assessment 5Other (date, pop quiz, etc.) : 22 March
Written (600 Min.) / Group / English / Weight : 20 %
Details : 22nd march
This evaluation is used to measure ILO1.3-PGE, ILO2.1-PGE, ILO2.3-PGE, ILO4.1-PGE
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