Intercultural Communication in an English-speaking World, 7.5 credits (701G23)

Interkulturell kommunikation i en engelsktalande värld, 7.5 hp

Course description

This course is suited for anyone interested in improving their professional communication with people from other cultures as well as other countries where English is the language of communication. There are two course modules. The first module – Perspectives on International Communication, 2.5hp – focuses on intercultural communication in general, and takes as its point of departure some central theories, notions and practices from anthropology and sociology, in order to provide a framework for a critical analysis and understanding of obstacles and pitfalls in intercultural communication. The aim of the course module is to provide the students with tools to be able to identify and remedy communication breakdowns in favour of creating less friction in professional intercultural contexts. The second module –Intercultural Communication with English as a Lingua Franca, 5hp – builds on the theories and notions studied in the first module, but here, the focus is on communicative situations where English is the language of communication. Here, linguistic features will also be analysed and discussed as possible obstacles and/or resources to successful communication. Both courses are examined via active seminar participation and oral group presentations. The language of instruction and examination is English.

Main field of study

English

Level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject course

Examiner

Michael Smith

Course coordinator

Michael Smith

Director of studies or equivalent

Wolfgang Schmidt

Available for exchange students

Yes

Contact

Kostas Mitropoulos, international coordinator

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (One-quarter-time, Mixed-time) Autumn 2021 v202135-202203 English Distance
Single subject course (One-quarter-time, Mixed-time) Autumn 2021 v202135-202203 English Distance

Main field of study

English

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G1N

Entry requirements

General entry requirements for undergraduate studies 
and
English language corresponding to the level of the English language in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6/B)
(Exemption from Swedish)

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student will be able to

  • identify basic academic concepts relevant to intercultural awareness
  • critically discuss basic academic concepts relevant to intercultural awareness
  • apply basic sociological and anthropological theories and concepts in international contexts where English is the language of communication
  • be able to compare and contrast Swedish culture to other cultures in the world where English is/may be spoken in a professional context
  • give an oral presentation of an analysis of an intercultural case study, using English appropriate for professional settings
  • successfully communicate in English in a professional and international environment

 

Course content

The course is divided into two course modules. The first one covers basic theories, concepts and practice relevant to intercultural communication in general, in the context of sociological, anthropological and linguistic studies. The second module builds on the first one, and makes use of the theories and concepts brought up there. Here, the focus is specifically on professional English-speaking settings, and sociological, anthropological and linguistic theories and concepts are applied to instances of intercultural communication. As the second module requires spoken English adapted to professional settings, it also includes practising oral English proficiency.

Teaching and working methods

The course encompasses lectures and seminars. Students are to study the course material and prepare for group discussions and mini-presentations in the seminars. Feedback on language, content and delivery is provided by teachers and peers. The language of instruction and examination is English. In addition, the student is expected to study on their own.

Detailed information can be found in the study guide.

Examination

The course is examined via active seminar participation and oral presentations.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Grades

Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

Department

Institutionen för kultur och samhälle
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AKT1 Active Seminar Attendance U, G 1 credits
MUN1 Oral Presentation on Case Studies U, G, VG 1.5 credits
AKT2 Active Seminar Attendance U, G 2 credits
MUN2 Oral Presentation on Case Studies U, G, VG 3 credits

To get a VG for the entire course, both oral presentations must be a VG, equals 4.5 credits

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