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Module Code: ENG314
Module Title: Intercultural Communication
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: English
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module introduces students to the comparative study of cultures through a range of conceptual and theoretical frameworks. It aims to equip students with knowledge of key concepts of cultural and ideational diversity, develop their awareness of the cultural mediation of communication, and heighten their sensitivity to intercultural differences. Learners should be able to identify and explore the ways that cultural factors relate to communication strategies and styles, and to analyze and reflect on the implications for intercultural communicative practice in professional, pedagogical, and international political contexts.
Learning outcomes 
By the end of the module, students should be able to:

A. demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in the relevant areas of communication, social anthropology and linguistics, and of key developmental stages in the modern field of intercultural communication

B. critically evaluate and discuss conceptualizations of culture and diverse cultures

C. demonstrate awareness of the ways in which concepts of culture are used for rhetorical, analytical, and explanatory purposes

D. analyse specific cases of cross-cultural conflict or miscommunication

E. demonstrate reflexive awareness of the influence of cultural conditioning on the attitudes and behaviour of themselves and others, particularly in intercultural contexts

F. reflect on the implications of intercultural communication concepts and empirical research for their own learning in an intercultural educational environment
Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components (Lectures and Seminars).

Lectures which will offer information on key concepts and research in the field, as well as ideas and instances of how they might be understood.

Seminars link the lecture material to specific case-studies, give the students time to discuss concepts and cases in detail, and provide opportunities for learners to develop their own interpretations, reactions, and analytical skills.
The topics of the module typically cover:

The topics to be covered during the module will reflect the core textbooks used on the module, but may include the following:

• defining culture(s)

• dimensions and categories of culture

• cultural identity and belonging

• cultural diversity and globalization

• communication differences across cultures

• multiculturalism as ideology and practice

• intercultural communication research approaches and findings

• intercultural communication in the classroom

• intercultural communication in practical and professional contexts

• workshopping inter-cultural communicative competence and reflexivity
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  26        98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 1000-Word Coursework 25.00
2 1000-Word Coursework 25.00
3 Final Exam 50.00

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