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 2023/2024 Spring semester
Anastassia Zabrodskaja (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
This course aims to sharpen students' perception of diversity by identifying various cultural signs, signals, and artifacts, including shops, restaurants, cultural spaces, characteristic/symbolic places, organizations, neighborhoods, etc. Essentially, this involves ethnographic fieldwork in an urban setting. Diversity will be explored through different means, including readings, inquiries, personal observation, and art production. Another objective is to raise awareness of diversity through collaboration between Tallinn University and Erasmus exchange students in a shared project.
Brief description of the course
In Estonia, the concept of diversity commonly refers to the promotion of people from different origins and cultures. In this course, students will explore the concepts of diversity and Super-diversity, along with their corollaries, such as equality of chances and non-discrimination, through readings, class discussions, and ethnographic fieldwork observations.
The fundamental theoretical developments around the core concepts (Super-diversity and intercultural communication) will be introduced in the first half of the course. Following that, students will prepare for a mini-ethnographic fieldwork excursion to a (multilingual) site in Tallinn to gather data and conduct observations of the sociolinguistic landscape, focusing on the centrality of language(s) and linguistic forms in that context. Additionally, they will conduct brief ethnographic interviews with individuals at the site (e.g., shop assistants, information staff, clerks) to explore the language(s) they use in their everyday work-related activities and the kind of training they have received or are receiving to communicate following specific patterns. The group will reconvene in a final session to discuss the findings of the mini-ethnographic fieldwork and their relevance and relationship to the theories presented and discussed in the course.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- is familiar with the field of Super-diversity and its contributions to our understanding of intercultural communication.
Anastassia Zabrodskaja, PhD