Chinese Language, Culture, and Business

Brief description

The course will cover a wide range of topics and will be taught in different forms: lectures, presentations, case studies (Chinese International Companies studies) and cultural activities. During the lectures topics such as basic vocabulary and writing, the Chinese Belt and Road initiative, banking in China, and cultural specificities will be presented. This structure aims to give participants the basic understanding of Chinese culture and business development and challenges ahead when doing business with China.

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

„Insider China” by Lifeng Han with Emma Lejun Wu and Hua Cai.
„Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the 21st Century“ by Orville Schell and John Delury.
„Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China” by Evan Osnos.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, case studies, group discussions, role plays, guest speakers, presentation to members of top management of Chinese companies

Assessment methods and criteria

Active participation during class & quizzes (20 points)
Homework assignments (20 points)
Presentation and presentation documents (60 points)

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

International Programme


International Programme

ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 SS



Learning outcome

By the end of the course, participants will be able to use their Chinese language skills to have basic conversations about everyday life and business occasion. After the ten sessions, participants will understand China’s economy and culture by discussing current trends that influence China as well as the world. They will learn how to use effective cross- culture communication skills. This will enable them to be more effective in dealing with Chinese companies in their future careers. In addition, they can further improve their Chinese language skills themselves by using the methodology taught in this course.

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