15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module introduces students to some of the key concepts and issues in intercultural communication, and critically evaluates the dominant schools of thought that have been most influential in the field. The module will also assess how academic theories of ICC have been and could be applied in society. To this end, we will discuss a range of different sociolinguistic variables and social practices, in which ICC is relevant (for example race, gender, age, as well as language acquisition and instruction, business communication). Students will be encouraged to critically engage with some of the key academic literature in this field in order to a) identify its distinctive theoretical perspective and the implications thereof, and b) explore the social/cultural/linguistic issues it raises from their own cultural and professional perspective. To facilitate this, each student will lead a group discussion on one of the readings set.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Project/ portfolio

Information on the department responsible for this unit (English Language and Linguistics):

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