Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Special Course in Cultural Theory
approximate amount of contact lessons
lecturer of 2018/2019 Spring semester
Piret Peiker (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
An overview of basic concepts in (inter)cultural studies and developing intercultural communicative competence in language instruction.
Brief description of the course
Different classifications of culture dimensions. Comparing Estonian and other cultures on Hofstede’s charts. Ways of developing intercultural communicative competence.
Independent work comprises the reading of compulsory theoretical literature and lecture notes, acquisition of intercultural terminology as well as compiling practical written tasks (cultural briefing – an overview of one culture according to certain criteria, a cultural diagram about the value systems of two cultures, a reflective essay analyzing one’s adaptation problems in a new culture).
Learning outcomes in the course
By the end of the course a student
Has knowledge about the basic concepts of intercultural studies as well as cultural differences in value orientations and attitudes;
Is able to distinguish different cultural dimensions, analyse cultural constructs in various contexts and solve the paradoxes of intercultural communication;
Is able to integrate theory in practice by presenting the
required written tasks and receiving a positive graded pass
Students receive a graded pass on the basis of the defense of their project work on practical applications of intercultural communicative competence.
Hofstede, G. 1991 Cultures and Organisations: Software of the Mind: Intercultural Cooperation and its Importance for Survival; Cushner, K. & Brislin, R. 1996 Intercultural Interaction: A Practical Guide. 2nd ed; Brown, H. D. 2001 Principles of Language Learning and Teaching. 4nd ed.