Super-Diversity and Intercultural Communication
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Ülipaljusus ja kultuuridevaheline kommunikatsioon
Course title in English
Super-Diversity and Intercultural Communication
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
autumn - spring
Assessment form
lecturer of 2018/2019  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring 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
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.
Assessment methods
Assessment method
1. Transparent main research question
2. Grounding in relevant research literature.
3. Explanation and account of methodology and research methods used.
4. Quality of data
5. Quality of analysis
6. Conclusion contains a clear answer to research questions
7. Paper contains a discussion or suggestions for further research or use of research methods
8. Care for academic conventions (title page, index, pagination, reference to annexes, consistent application of conventions in reference list, required annexes etc)
9. Clarity of expression and coherence of writing
10. Ability to participate actively in colloquium, showing acquired knowledge on the topic of inquiry.

A: all ten criteria are excellently fulfilled without reservation.
B: all ten criteria are fully fulfilled but there are some minor shortcomings are identified.
C: all ten criteria are fully fulfilled but there are substantial shortcomings are identified.
D: at least half of the criteria are fully fulfilled.
E: at least half of the criteria are fulfilled, some minor shortcomings are identified.
F: less than half of the criteria are fulfilled, whereas substantial shortcomings are identified.

Anastassia Zabrodskaja, PhD
Study literature
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