Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE CST2121

 
TITLE Intercultural Communication

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

 
DESCRIPTION Culture affects the way we see things, how we relate to people and situations and how we communicate. Often it is seen as the unwritten rules we unconsciously abide by. As effective communicators we need to be aware of the cultural differences and how we perceive such differences.

Study Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at enhancing the participants’ knowledge of culture and its implications on communication. Furthermore, through a better awareness of culture, the module aims at identifying the more suitable methods of communication across cultures.

The study-unit shall cover the subtopics outlined hereunder:
- What culture is and how it is shaped;
- Culture and specific aspects sucb as language and gender;
- National Cultures, specifically using the Hofstede Studies;
- Specific predominante subcultures, such as Roma and religious cultures;
- an analysis of current cultural trends at a global and European level and their implicaitons on communication and society at large.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding
By the end of the unit it is expected that students will:

- Have a better understanding of how culture effects our daily life, the way we behave and the way we communicate;
- Become more aware of subtle cultural differences;
- Have a greater understanding of the variety of differences between cultures we experience on a regular basis and also the ones that are not part of our daily life;
- Have a better understanding of working in teams with different cultures.

Skills
By the end of the study unit students will be able to:

- Work in a multi cultural team;
- Work on a project related to culture;
- Improve their communication skills in different settings;
- Adapt to cultural differences;
- Adapt and discuss with people of different ideologies.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Texts will be delivered during the course of the lecture and will be based on articles and videos that are topical and included in current affairs.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Anna Maria Darmanin

 
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