LET-CIWB152-IBC
Intercultural Communication
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-CIWB152-IBC
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Communication and Information Studies;
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
dr. S.N. Barasa
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Lecturer
dr. E.O. Boluwaduro
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Contactperson for the course
dr. N. Mena Montes
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Coordinator
dr. N. Mena Montes
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Lecturer
dr. N. Mena Montes
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Academic year2023
Period
PER 1  (04/09/2023 to 05/11/2023)
Starting block
PER 1/  PER 3/  PER 4
Course mode
full-time
RemarksAccessible to minor students from the Faculty of Arts, 25 students from other faculties and to 30 exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
At the end of the course, students will:
  • Be able to identify and describe fundamental theoretical concepts and principles that are relevant to understanding communication between people from different cultural and social backgrounds;
  • Have insight into the concept of culture, cultural differences and how culture can influence verbal and non-verbal behaviour;  
  • Have insight into contributors to - and issues in - intercultural communication today, and be able to reflect critically on these;
  • Have insight into acculturation/cultural adaptation, culture shock, and the development of intercultural (communication) competence, and be able to identify and critically reflect on factors that play a role in these processes.
Content
This course offers students an introduction to intercultural communication and the factors that shape and influence it. Due to globalization, migration and international work mobility, intercultural contact between people from different cultures -and different language backgrounds- has become more common in recent decades. Societies have become increasingly multicultural. Intercultural communication is a part of life for most people, in both everyday and work contexts. For business professionals who work in an international setting, or for students studying abroad, it is important to have insight into the ways in which culture can play a role in intercultural contact situations, in terms of behaviour in general and interpersonal communication in particular. This course considers the concept of culture, and how culture influences our thinking, acting and being. It examines the influence of culture on verbal and non-verbal communication, the relationship between culture, identity and communication, and how cultural value orientations influence our worldview and the way we behave towards others. The course also considers topics such as acculturation in immigrants and expats, culture shock, and the development of intercultural (communication) competence.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
Accessible to minor students from the Faculty of Arts. Accessible to students from other faculties (Max. 25 students) and to exchange students (Max. 30 students).

Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.
Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Literature
ISBN:978-1-5264-3170-7
Title:Introducing intercultural communication: Global cultures and contexts
Author:Liu, S., Volcic, Z., & Gallois, C.
Publisher:London: Sage Publications Ltd. (2019)
Edition:3
Articles
Title:A list of required articles will be made available at the start of the course.

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Written exam
Test weight100
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade
5,5

Remark
Note to exchange students: it is not possible to take the written exam at a different time or place.