Finland, Helsinki

Developing Intercultural Awareness of Selfness and Otherness

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

During this course participants will reflect on self- and otherness, and critically review the supposedly culturally determined differences usually highlighted in intercultural communication studies.

The aim is to:

- show how the concept of “the Other” is changing in our day and age, and how this change influences intercultural communication studies
- develop critical cultural awareness of self and otherness
- illustrate how otherness can be, and is, constructed and deconstructed
- reflect upon the power of visual communication in construing “the Other”, either positively or negatively
- give insights into the approaches to interculturality from the point of view of hermeneutics and critical interpretivism
- enable students to critically analyze the concept of identity as well as identitarian claims in their various articulations
- understand how the dynamics of diversity work in a contemporary urban setting by observing and documenting cultural expressions of diversity

Course leader

Ms. Saara Rautanen-Uunila

Target group

This course is suitable for advance-level students from the following backgrounds: intercultural studies, anthropology, sociology, social psychology, psychology, gender studies, postcolonial studies, philosophy, linguistics and related multidisciplinary programs.

Course aim

- show how the concept of “the Other” is changing in our day and age, and how this change influences intercultural communication studies
- develop critical cultural awareness of self and otherness
- illustrate how otherness can be, and is, constructed and deconstructed
- reflect upon the power of visual communication in construing “the Other”, either positively or negatively
- give insights into the approaches to interculturality from the point of view of hermeneutics and critical interpretivism
- enable students to critically analyze the concept of identity as well as identitarian claims in their various articulations
- understand how the dynamics of diversity work in a contemporary urban setting by observing and documenting cultural expressions of diversity

Fee info

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