Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Humanities
Course code
C65
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 400.00
Level
Advanced Bachelor
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This course gives an introduction on basic theories regarding intercultural communication. These theories will be linked to different contexts, ranging from education and business, to migration and media. Drawing from different exercises and assignments throughout the course, we will finally focus on enhancing your own intercultural awareness and applying the theories to personal experiences with linguistic diversity and cultural otherness.

In this course, participants will be introduced to basic theories regarding intercultural communication. These theories will be linked to different contexts, ranging from education and business, to migration and media. We will start by looking at approaches which study cultures from a top-down approach, such as advertising in business contexts and cultural values and differences in communication styles. We will also study the representation of cultural groups in media and texts. These top-down approaches will then be critically discussed, after which the notion of interculturality is introduced. Here, culture is studied from a bottom-up approach.

Interculturality is mainly concerned with investigating the relevance of culture for identity and its influence on interaction between individuals from different countries. On the one hand we will look at ways to analyse culture and identity in real-life interaction. On the other hand we will discuss competencies enabling speakers to reach understanding across cultures. Finally, drawing from different exercises and assignments throughout the course, we will focus on enhancing your own cultural awareness and applying the theories to personal experiences with linguistic diversity and cultural otherness.

This course is offered in cooperation with the master Intercultural Communication .

Course director

Prof. dr. Jan D. ten Thije

Course aim

To provide students with a clear and broad introduction to the field of Intercultural Communication.

Study load

Daily 2 x 2 1/2 hour session; max one hour homework per day.

Costs

Course fee
€ 400.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

The fee for students enrolled in our Master's programme Intercultural Communication is €300. If you are also following our summer school course: Research Methods in Intercultural Communication you will pay a total fee of €500 for both courses. If you follow both this course and Research Methods in Intercultural Communication, but are NOT enrolled in our Master's programme, there is a discount and you will pay a total fee of €700.

Application

The fee includes all course materials that you will be using for the course.

More information

Bridget van de Grootevheen | E: b.l.i.vandegrootevheen@uu.nl

Recommended combinations
Research Methods in Intercultural Communication

Registration

Application deadline: 01 July 2020