Introduction to Engineering Work in Multicultural Environments


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

A bachelor degree and planning to take part in an international development project

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has been through the module:

Learning objectives


  • has knowledge about theories describing cultures and intercultural communication
  • has knowledge about institutions of development
  • has knowledge about personal responsibilities and risks for engaging in engineering work in multicultural environments
  • has knowledge about project management tools


  • can identify the technical knowledge needed for a project, master it and apply it to the project. This includes both established engineering science knowledge and local technical knowledges (technical)
  • can navigate the complexities of different structures of power to develop a project (power)
  • can navigate the complex arrangement of non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations, and companies in the intervening countries to arrange the necessary resources for the development of a project (project management)
  • is able to assess the different motivations that exist for conducting projects in multicultural environments and their implications for the project itself (character)
  • can select appropriate methodologies for data collection, analysis and synthesis according to the social and technical needs of a project (methods)
  • is able to describe, analyse and assemble the social aspects of technologies and the technical aspects of social organization (sociotechnical)


  • can independently engage and take responsibility in engineering work in multi-cultural environments
  • is able to independently establish and conduct a working relationship with people from other cultures (intercultural)

Type of instruction

A combination of seminars, exercises and task assignments.



Name of examIntroduction to Engineering Work in Multicultural Environments
Type of exam
Written exam
Permitted aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleIntroduktion til ingeniørarbejde i multi-kulturelt miljø
Module codeTBISDK13304
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudyboard for Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design