Intercultural Communication
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Kultuuridevaheline kommunikatsioon
Course title in English
Intercultural Communication
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
spring 1
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
Anastassia Zabrodskaja (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To give basic knowledge about relations between culture and interaction, cultural differences, basic concepts of multilingualism and multiculturalism and the factors influencing them. During the course students will get acquainted with behaviour patterns conditioned by cultural differences, language, culture and identity issues in a multilingual society. Students will learn to employ theory in practice (role-playing, study situation, practice of ascription, small group work, and work in pairs).
Brief description of the course
Types of culture and models in multicultural society (G. Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory). M. J. Bennet’s model of intercultural sensitivity. E. T. and M. R. Halls’ behavioural components of culture. Ethnic boundaries vs. cultural boundaries. Ethnic identity, linguistic identity, cultural identity and imperial identity. Changing cultural space of Estonia.
Independent work
Read the book chapters set by the professor and prepare them to engage in active discussion during classroom time.
Learning outcomes in the course
A student has basic knowledge about intercultural differences; can orientate in basic approaches to intercultural communication studies, knows the most important theories; knows how it is better to study one’s linguistic and cultural behaviour, accommodate with foreign culture and communicate with a person coming from a different cultural background; knows the basic approaches to identity studies and problems.
Assessment methods
Final grade marks are formed as a summary for active co-operation during the seminars.
Professor Anastassia Zabrodskaja
Study literature
Holliday, Adrian, John Kullman, Martin Hyde 2012. Intercultural Communication: An advanced resource book for students. 2nd ed. Routledge.
The Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication. Christina Bratt Paulston, Scott F. Kiesling and Elizabeth S. Rangel (eds). Maiden, MA / Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. 2012.
Replacement literature
Aine ei ole läbitav asenduskirjanduse baasil.