Language and Culture (949Q3B)
Language and Culture in Intercultural Communication
Module details for 2015/16.
FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)
This module examines how cultural assumptions and values influence language and interactional style, and vice versa. In order to do so, we interrogate our own cultures: 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 explore the ways in which communicative behaviours can vary and be (mis)interpreted in intercultural situations. We consider the degree to which claims of universals in human interaction are tenable and the possibility of 'intercultural competence'. Key areas of exploration will include linguistic relativity, individualism/communalism, context (high and low), interactional cues, face and politeness, time and relationships.
Module learning outcomes
describe, apply and critically assess definitions of contested notions, such as 'culture', 'politeness' and 'intercultural competence'
identify and evaluate a range of methodologies for primary research in intercultural communication
understand and synthesise ideas from linguistics, psychology and social sciences in order to test hypotheses concerning intercultural communcation
demonstrate sensitivity to the risks of ethnocentrism and 'othering' in intercultural encounters and in linguistic and social science research
perform an original piece of theory-driven research that analyses some aspect of spoken or written communication cross-culturally or in an intercultural context
|Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.|
|Short Term Paper||A2 Week 1||100.00%|
Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.
Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.
|Spring Teaching||SEMINAR||2 hours||111111111111|
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