18.06.2015

Intercultural Communication Minor Programme (25 ECTS): Curriculum 2015 - 2017

Intercultural Communication Minor Programme is an undergraduate level minor consisting of 25 ECTS credits.

As a field of research, Intercultural Communication examines communication in culturally diverse groups, communities and organizations. It also examines the interaction of people with varied cultural background. Intercultural Communication applies theoretical and empirical knowledge to answer the challenges of globalizing and multicultural societies.

Courses in Intercultural Communication Minor Programme are open to all exchange students studying at the University of Jyväskylä. Degree students (Finnish and non-Finnish) at the University of Jyväskylä wishing to study Intercultural Communication as their minor subject must apply for the right to study.

To complete the minor, a student must complete 25 ECTS. One course (5 ECTS) is required, KVVA103 (Introduction to Intercultural Communication). The remaining 20 ECTS may be chosen from any course with the prefix KVVA.

Course Descriptions

Required Course

KVVA103 Introduction to Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS

The aim of this course is to introduce the fundamental principles and issues of intercultural communication from an interdisciplinary perspective as well as to develop perception and appreciation of different cultural perspectives and values.

Learning outcomes: On completion of this course the student will be able to

    • identify major researchers in intercultural communication and describe their contribution to the field
    • critically discuss the fundamental principles and topics in intercultural communication from an interdisciplinary perspective
    • perceive different cultural perspectives and values and appreciate cultural diversity
    • analyse communication between people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in both national and international settings.

Learning methods: lectures and online course

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5

Recommended timing: first year

Optional Courses

KVVA211 Communication Theory, 5 ECTS

Students will gain a comprehensive view of communication theory. The focus is on various theories of communication. Students will be familiar with theories from a social scientific, interpretive, and critical/cultural perspective.

Learning outcomes: Students will be familiar with the main issues and theories of culture encompassing:

    • identify and describe major theories in communication
    • critically analyze and evaluate communication theories
    • relate theory to day to day communication activities.

Learning methods: Lectures and written assignments based on literature

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5

Recommended timing: first year

Literature: Miller, K. (2002). Communication theories: Perspectives, processes, and contexts. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill

KVVA202 Media and Online Cultures, 5 ECTS

This is an introduction to studies of media culture and theoretisations of online media and technologically mediated communication in a multicultural world. The course addresses global media culture in terms of production, distribution and reception, and with specific attention on the questions of social and participatory media as communicative practices. Students will possess the ability to recognize varied issues and perspectives in the study of media culture.

Learning outcomes: On the completion of this course the student will be able to

    • recognize the significance of online communication and media from both technical and sociocultural perspectives
    • identify the history and development of online communication and media from a global viewpoint
    • recognize and critically evaluate stereotypes in online communication and media
    • identify ethical issues related to online communication and media.

Learning methods: lecture course and/or literature

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5

Previous studies required: Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Literature: readings according instruction

KVV204 Migration and Transition in a Global World, 5 ECTS

This course deals with communication related topics in migration research regarding adaptation, interpersonal relationships and identity processes in intercultural contexts. The course examines existing paradigms, theories, and models of migration and transition research and critically reviews them, looking also at practical applications.

Learning outcomes: On completion of this course the student will be able to

    • identify and describe major theoretical frameworks of migration and transition research in Intercultural communication contexts
    • present and discuss the research applications in the fields of adaptation, interpersonal relationships, and identity processes
    • recognize the interdisciplinary nature of Intercultural communication in migration and transition research
    • critically analyze, compare and evaluate earlier research and applications
    • develop new insights and contributions to the earlier approaches both in theory and practice, including ethical considerations

Learning methods: lecture course and/or literature

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5

Previous studies required: Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Literature: readings according instruction

KVVA205 Communicating in a culturally diverse workplace, 5 ECTS

This course explores communication phenomena in culturally diverse workplaces from an interpersonal and group perspective. We will look at such issues as workplace mistreatment, communication in a multilingual workplace, cultural identity construction, relational development or the creation of a shared working culture.

Learning outcomes: On completion of this course the student should be able to:

      • understand how cultural diversity may be related to interpersonal communication phenomena in the workplace
      • apply communication concepts, theories and models to frame and address these phenomena
      • critically discuss the ethical issues in communication in a culturally diverse workplace
      • understand that cultural diversity may play out in complex ways, and that culture and cultural differences are not the sole forces shaping interpersonal communication in workplace contexts

Learning methods: lecture course and/or literature

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5

Previous studies required: Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Literature: readings according instruction

KVVA207 International Management 5 ECTS

The aim of this course is to learn about the challenges that managers of both domestic and international businesses face in managing across cultural boundaries. The main focus will be on national cultural differences and processes at the individual, group and organizational levels. The following topics will be covered: fundamental dimensions of culture, how culture affects behaviour, cognition, motivation, and emotion in organisations, negotiation and conflict resolution.

Learning outcomes: This course seeks to develop the following competencies:

      • the ability to understand the dimensions of international business activities
      • the ability to recognize key differences in business and operational practices of other countries
      • the skills to manage and work effectively in diverse cultural environments and/or with people from other cultures.

Learning methods: lecture course and/or literature

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5

Literature:

Freitag, A. R., & Stokes, A. Q. (2009). Global public relations: Spanning borders, spanning cultures. London: Taylor & Francis

Swann, P. (2010). Cases in public relations management. London: Taylor & Francis.

KVVA208 Health Communication in Intercultural Contexts, 5 ECTS

This course deals with communication related topics in health care settings. The course examines existing paradigms, theories, and models of health care as they are practiced in intercultural and cross-cultural settings. Theoretical and practical issues are equally discussed. 
Learning outcomes: On completion of the course the student will be able to: (1) identify and describe major theoretical frameworks of health care/communication in Intercultural communication contexts, (2) present and discuss the research applications in the fields health care, medicine, and science, (3) recognize the interdisciplinary nature of Intercultural communication, (4) critically analyze, compare and evaluate earlier research and applications, and (5) develop new insights and contributions to the earlier approaches both in theory and practice, including ethical considerations.

Learning methods: lecture course and/or literature

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5

Literature:

Fadiman, A. (1997). The spirit catches you and you fall down: A Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Harrington, G. N. (2015). Health communication: Theory, method, and application. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

KVVA206 Religion and Communication, 5 ECTS

This class is an examination of the relationship between communication and the presence or lack of religion. NO religion or lack of religion will be favored over another in this class. This is not a place for proselytizing or chastising religion, but a place to discuss and examine the relationship between communication and religion/lack of religion. To facilitate this analysis we will study various communication contexts and how the presence or lack of religion influences these contexts.
Learning outcomes: On completion of the course the student will be able to:

      • understand the relationship between religion and communication,
      • critically discuss how religion influences culture,
      • evaluate the role of religion in media, health care, interpersonal relations, organizational situations, and other contexts, and
      • critically digest media discussing religion.

Learning methods: lecture course

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5

Literature: Croucher, S. M., & Harris, T. M. (Eds.). (2012). Religion & communication: An anthology of extensions in theory, research, & method. New York Peter Lang.

KVVA209 Conflict and Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS

This course deals with the relationships between conflict and communication, specifically intercultural communication. The course examines the various ways conflict and intercultural communication intersect. Various theoretical and practical issues are discussed. 
Learning outcomes: On completion of the course the student will be able to: (1) identify and describe major theoretical and practical frameworks of conflict in Intercultural communication contexts, (2) present and discuss the ways in which conflict differs culturally, (3) critically analyze, compare and evaluate conflict research and applications, and (4) develop new insights and contributions to conflict approaches both in theory and practice, including ethical considerations.

Learning methods: lecture course and/or literature

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5

Literature: Oetzel, J. G., & Ting-Toomey, S. (2013). The SAGE handbook of conflict communication: Integrating theory, research, and practice (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

KVVA210 International Communication, 5 ECTS

The aim of this course is to increase knowledge and awareness of the impact of global media systems, and analyze and critically discuss the main approaches to studying how global media systems differ internationally.
Learning outcomes: On completion of this course the student will be able to:

      • identify and describe the major theoretical frameworks both in international communication research,
      • critically analyze, compare, and evaluate earlier studies and research applications,
      • relate theoretical insights to their day to day media use in a globally connected media world, and
      • develop methodological ways to study media systems.

Learning methods: lecture course

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5

Literature:

Hamelink, C. J. (2015). Global communication. thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Mody, B. (2003) International and development communication: A 21st century perspective. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.