Languages

Cultural Encounters

Module code: Q1065
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module seeks to promote cultural awareness and inter-cultural comprehension. Students will be concerned to define what is meant by 'culture’ and to analyse their own cultural backgrounds and attitudes. They will consider how and why cultural characteristics arise and whether generalisations (such as national or cultural stereotypes) are ever valid. In particular they will reflect upon the ways in which culture and language are linked, and on how cultural values and attitudes are encoded in language. They will sample various theoretical approaches to these issues by way of original lectures, prepared seminar questions, academic essays, and a range of audio-visual sources.

Module learning outcomes

  • The successful student will be able to reflect objectively upon her/his own culture and show a critical awareness of some theoretical models of cultural difference.
  • S/he will demonstrate an understanding of the differences between her/his own culture and others, particularly the target culture(s).
  • S/he will show some awareness of the interrelation between language and culture.
  • S/he will be able to analyse audio/visual and written materials in the light of her/his study of theoretical models.