Finland, Helsinki

Intercultural Communication and Multilingualism

when 4 August 2015 - 20 August 2015
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 640

What is meant by Intercultural Communication? What are the contexts in which Intercultural Communication typically occurs and what are its distinguishing features? Which factors contribute to success or failure in Intercultural Communication? Taking questions such as these as points of departure, the course addresses its themes from a sociolinguistic perspective. These themes are linked by the key concepts of 'language', 'society' and 'difference' which are central in considering matters of misunderstanding vs success in intercultural communication.

The course will focus on Intercultural Communication theories and models, and will also examine multilingualism by giving examples from different geographical areas. The participants will analyse multilingualism, bilingualism and the media by using critical discourse analysis.

Course leader

Ms. Saara Rautanen-Uunila

Target group

This course is suitable for Bachelor's and Master's level students interested in interculturality. Suitable academic backgounds include anthropology, social sciences, social psychology, psychology, postcolonial studies, linguistics, area and cultural studies and communication.

Course aim

•To become familiar with Intercultural Communication as a field of study
•To gain insights into the link between intercultural communication and multilingualism
•To gain insights into various features of language which aid or obstruct intercultural communication
•To better understand the sociolinguistics aspects of intercultural communication
•To better understand the role of language in communicating across social barriers of class, ethnic group, gender, nationality, etc.

Fee info

EUR 640: This course fee applies to degree and PhD students who pay the fee before June 1, 2015.