4042 Fremdsprachliche Wirtschaftskommunikation IV - Englisch / Life in Britain and the U.S.
ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Alexander Beer, Ass.Prof. Dr. Martin Herles, B.A.
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02/18/19 to 02/27/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 03/06/19 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM EA.6.026
Wednesday 03/13/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.3.01
Wednesday 03/20/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM D3.0.233
Wednesday 03/27/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM EA.6.032
Wednesday 04/03/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.3.05
Wednesday 04/10/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.27
Wednesday 05/08/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 05/15/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM D5.0.002
Wednesday 05/22/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.4.01
Wednesday 05/29/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.15
Wednesday 06/05/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.01
Wednesday 06/12/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.15
Wednesday 06/19/19 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.15


Topics include subjects such as major business (incl. retail) organisations, food & drink, leisure activities, cultural characteristics, and the social framework of the two countries. Some interesting language aspects (including dialect(s) and slang) will also be covered.Throughout the lecture contrasts and parallels between Austria, Britainand the United States will be discussed in some detail.

Learning outcomes

After attending the lecture, students will be able to follow and better understand current developments in Britain and the U.S. in the fields of business, politics, sports and culture. By being exposed to media input (mostly) from those two countries, a general understanding of basic behavioral and cultural idiosyncrasies will be developed and fostered.

Attendance requirements

Since this class is held in an LVP format, attendance is generally not required; still, continuous attendance is, of course, highly recommended and may offer the chance for bonus points.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Lecture style; students' participation is encouraged

Additionally, occasional guest lecturers are invited to provide an outside angle


A.) WU students: Written exam

NOTE: Registration for the course is required for the exam, which can be taken at the end of the semester at the earliest. For the material covered and the structure of the exam, please see information on the homepage of the Institute for English Business Communication:

B.) For exchange students who take the course for credit, the requirements are: active class participation and a written exam towards the end of the semester- details concerning that exam will be discussed in class.

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Registration required during the period of registration. Please visit the website of the Institute for English Business Communication for details on procedure and deadlines:


Title: Life in Britain and the U.S. (Lecture notes compiled by A. Beer and M. Herles)

Publisher: Management Book Service
Edition: latest edition
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Script

Availability of lecturer(s)

Please refer to the homepage of the Institute for English Business Communication:

Unit details

Unit Date Contents

Basic Data (geography, history, etc.)

Throughout the lecture: current events of cultural/political/etc. significance

Political and Legal System

Social Environment

General Economic Affairs

Retail Sector

Leisure Industry

Last edited: 2018-10-31