Super-Diversity and Intercultural Communication
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Course title in Estonian
Ülipaljusus ja kultuuridevaheline kommunikatsioon
Course title in English
Super-Diversity and Intercultural Communication
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
Anastassia Zabrodskaja (õpetamise keel: English) e-course
lecturer of 2021/2022  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
This course aims at sharpening students’ perception of diversity by identifying all kinds of cultural signs, signals and artefacts, such as shops, restaurants, cultural spaces, characteristic /symbolic places, organizations, neighbourhoods, etc. – in a way this is ethnographic fieldwork in an urban setting. Diversity will be approached in different ways: readings, enquiries, personal observation, art production. Another objective is to create awareness of diversity through the collaboration of Tallinn University and Erasmus exchange students in a common project.
Brief description of the course
In Estonia the concept of diversity is commonly used to refer to the promotion diversity of people of different origins and cultures. Students will explore concept of diversity and Super-diversity and its corollaries, such as equality of chances, non-discrimination, etc. through readings, class discussions and ethnographic fieldwork observations.
The basic theoretical developments around the core concepts (Super-diversity and intercultural communication) will be introduced in the first half of the course. After that, students will prepare a mini-ethnographic fieldwork excursion to a (multilingual) site in Tallinn in order to gather data and conduct observations of the sociolinguistic landscape and the centrality of language(s) and linguistic forms in that context. They will also conduct brief ethnographic interviews with people in that site (shop assistants, information staff, clerks, etc.) to find out about the language(s) they need in their everyday work-related activities and the kind of trainings they receive or have received in order to communicate following specific patterns. The group will resume in a final session to discuss about the findings of the mini-ethnographic fieldwork and their relevance and relationship to the theories presented and discussed in the frame of the course.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student...
By the end of the course, students will be acquainted with the field of Super-diversity and how it can inform our knowledge about intercultural communication and positively add to the study of it.
Anastassia Zabrodskaja, PhD