School of English

Intercultural Communication (Q3160)

Intercultural Communication

Module Q3160

Module details for 2014/15.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module examines how cultural assumptions and values influence interactional style. In order to do so, we interrogate British culture what do we consider to be polite or rude, natural or unnatural in communication with others? What values and habits shape our expectations of what communication is, what it is for, and what forms it should take? We are then in a position to appreciate the ways in which intercultural communication can lead to stereotyping and miscommunication and to discuss whether claims of universals in human interaction are tenable. Key areas of exploration will include linguistic relativity, context (high and low), interactional cues, face and politeness, and time and relationships.

Module learning outcomes

The successful student will be able to identify ethnocentric assumptions in their own attitudes in intercultural communication and progress towards an ethno-relative appreciation of cultural differences.

The successful student will relate linguistic behaviours to pragmatic theory and cultural context.

The successful student will complete in-depth study of some aspect of communication within or with a culture that is not their own.

The successful student will be familiar with and be able to assess different methods of collecting and analyzing cross-cultural data.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PresentationT1 Week 11 (15 minutes)30.00%
EssayXvac Week 1 70.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour111111000000
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours000000011111
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111111000000

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

Dr Charlotte Taylor

Assess convenor

Prof M.Lynne Murphy

Assess convenor, Convenor

Dr Richard Adelman

Assess convenor

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