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Bachelor 2023/2024

Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice

Area of studies: Linguistics
When: 3 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Contact hours: 74

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The main goal of the course is to study the basic conceptual and practical dimensions of intercultural communication in social and business interactions, as well as its theoretical foundations at the cross-cultural level. The course explores basic psychological and cultural concepts that explain cultural differences between people. Accomplishment of this goal will contribute to the increased level of intercultural sensitivity and help develop skills necessary for the communication in multicultural environments. Within the theoretical component of the course the following fundamental topics are covered: - Fundamental types of cultures and corresponding behaviour types; - Basic cross- and intercultural communication theories and concepts; - Linguistic/ cognitive/ psychological and social aspects of cross- and intercultural communication; - The interaction of language and culture, the role of vocabulary as a keeper of cultural information; - Types of corporate culture, business ethics, and intercultural conflicts in the workplace; - Intercultural barriers and conflicts; - Corporate culture and communication styles.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • - to explore the fundamental types of cultures and corresponding behaviour types;
  • - to analyze how cultures create the worldviews and to study the peculiarities of national verbal and non-verbal behavour;
  • - to explore the interaction of language and culture, as well as the role of vocabulary as a keeper of cultural information;
  • - to consider various types of corporate culture and intercultural conflicts in the workplace;
  • - to develop an understanding of intercultural communication competence;
  • - to learn about different communication styles and to try out different styles and techniques.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to distinguish the fundamental types of cultures and corresponding behaviour types;
  • to analyze how cultures create the worldviews and to study the peculiarities of national verbal and non-verbal behavour;
  • - to interpret the interaction of language and culture, as well as the role of vocabulary as a keeper of cultural information;
  • to consider various types of corporate culture and intercultural conflicts in the workplace;
  • apply the understanding of different communication styles and to try out different styles and techniques
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Culture, intercultural communications and forming our learning community
  • Cultural value patterns. Geert Hofstede. Edward Hall
  • Cultural and ethnic identities
  • Cultural shock and intercultural adjustment
  • Linguistic aspects of cross-cultural communication
  • Intercultural verbal styles
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Us and them. Stereotypes
  • Intercultural conflict management
  • Ethical considerations for becoming an intercultural communicator
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Tests
    Each test comprises 10 multiple choice / fill in the gaps / TRUE/FALSE questions to be answered in writing. Each answer carries 1 point: 1 –the given answer is correct; 0 –the given answer is not correct.
  • non-blocking Presentation
  • non-blocking Group project
  • non-blocking Business communication
  • non-blocking Written exam:
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0.15 * Business communication + 0.15 * Business communication + 0.1 * Group project + 0.1 * Presentation + 0.1 * Tests + 0.1 * Tests + 0.3 * Written exam:
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • An introdution to intercultural communication : identities in a global community, Jandt, F. E., 2013
  • Cross-cultural and intercultural communication, , 2003
  • Culture's сonsequences: сomparing values, behaviors, institutions, and organizations across nations, Hofstede, G., 2004
  • Cultures and Organizations: software of the mind: intercultural cooperation and Its importance fo..., Hofstede, G., 2010
  • The Routledge handbook of language and intercultural communication, , 2012

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Exploring intercultural communication : language in action, Hua, Z., 2014
  • Fundamental questions in cross-cultural psychology, , 2011
  • Handbook of intercultural training, , 2004
  • Intercultural Business Communication, 4th ed., 306 p., Chaney, L. H., Martin, J. S., 2005
  • Intercultural communication, , 2017