20.06.2012

Degree Structure in Intercultural Communication 2009 - 2012

The Master’s Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication (ICC) is a two-year interdisciplinary course of study designed to enhance the professional communication competence of students preparing for careers involving significant intercultural contact. The studies encompass 120 ECTS credits. Prerequisite for the studies is a BA or an equivalent degree (180 ECTS credits) in a relevant field.

Students need to complete an internship of 2 - 3 months and a Master's Thesis for their degree. In addition to courses on Intercultural Communication and Intercultural Competence, students may focus on issues related to intercultural and international relations, intercultural education and training, communication, multiculturalism in organisations and society, and area studies. The language of instruction in Intercultural Communication studies is English.

Each year, 1 - 5 ICC students are accepted to study one autumn term in Eurocampus. Studies completed in Eurocampus will be fully integrated in the student’s degree. Depending on the student’s completed Eurocampus courses, some are transferred directly to their transcript, others compensate certain courses or parts of them.

Master's Degree in Intercultural Communication       
120 - 131 ECTS credits
Additional Studies (täydentävät opinnot)
30 ECTS cr.
Advanced Studies (syventävät opinnot)
- including Master's Thesis 40 ECTS cr.
90 ECTS cr.
Language and Communication Studies
0 - 11 ECTS cr.

 

Additional Studies (täydentävät opinnot)

Depending on earlier studies and according to each student's personal study plan, these modules or certain parts of these modules are compulsory.

30 ECTS credits
1. Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication
1.1 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 5 ECTS cr.
1.2 Intercultural Commmunication Skills 2 ECTS cr.
1.3 Basic Concepts in Intercultural Communication 2 ECTS cr.
1.4 Communication and Media in a Multucultural World 6 ECTS cr.
15 ECTS    cr.

2. Foundations of Communication Research
2.1 Technologically Mediated Communication 4 ECTS cr.
2.2 Basic Communication Theories 6 ECTS cr.
2.3 Introduction to Research Methods 5 ECTS cr.
15 ECTS cr.

 

Advanced Studies (syventävät opinnot)
90 ECTS credits
1. Core Studies
1.1 Theorizing Intercultural Communication 5 ECTS cr.
1.2 Intercultural Communication: Theories, Models and Applications 4 ECTS cr.
1.3 Intercultural Competence 6 ECTS cr.
1.4 Research Methods in Intercultural Communication 6 ECTS cr.
1.5 Research Seminar in Intercultural Communication 5 ECTS cr.
1.6 Integrated Research Communication 4 ECTS cr.
30 ECTS cr.
2. Specialization Studies
12 ECTS cr.
3. Internship and Career Development
3.1 Internship and Career Development Orientation 2 ECTS cr.
3.2 Internship 6 ECTS cr.
8 ECTS cr.
4. Master's Thesis
40 ECTS cr.

 

Language and Communication Studies
For further information, see at the end of this page.
0 - 11 ECTS cr.

 

Aims and Learning Outcomes

Additional Studies in Intercultural Communication, 30 ECTS credits

The aim of the additional studies is to introduce the fundamental issues of intercultural communication and communication research in order to create a basis for advanced studies.

On completion of the additional studies the student will be able to
- outline the principles of scientific thinking and methods in the field of communication
- identify and describe the basic theories of intercultural communication
- critically discuss and apply the basic concepts and theories of intercultural communication
- recognize and respect cultural diversity.

Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication, 90 ECTS credits

The aim of the advanced studies is to develop the academic and professional skills of the students and to prepare them for careers involving international, intercultural and multicultural aspects.

On completion of the advanced studies the student will be able to
- relate and critically evaluate the theoretical inputs and research done in the area of intercultural communication
- deeply understand and respect cultural diversity and the respective ethical mandate for individual actions
- further develop his/her intercultural sensitivity
- use his/her intercultural expertise for constructive participation in work life
- apply independently scientific knowledge and methods in a research process
- implement his/her academic competence in pursuing studies towards a PhD in intercultural communication or a related discipline.

Additional Studies, 30 ECTS credits

Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication, 15 ECTS credits

The aim of this module is to increase the intercultural knowledge and awareness of the students. The module acquaints the students e.g., with the role and influence of cultures on human communication and the different aspects, contexts and modalities of intercultural communication.

KVVA103 Introduction to Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS cr.

Aim: 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.
On completion of this course the student will be able to
- identify the 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 and categorize communication between people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in both national and international settings
Mode of study: Web course
Time: First autumn semester

KVVA104 Intercultural Communication Skills, 2 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of this course is to experiment how to put intercultural communication theory into practice.
On completion of this course the student
- is aware of his/her own cultural background and its influence on communication
- can apply intercultural communication concepts and theories in everyday intercultural situations
- can interact in intercultural settings in a competent manner
- is willing and able to further develop his/her intercultural communication skills outside the classroom.
Mode of study: Workshop and assignments
Time: First year

KVVA113 Basic Concepts in Intercultural Communication, 2 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of this self-study unit is to introduce the students to basic intercultural communication concepts.
On completion of this self-study unit the student will be able to
- identify the major theories and basic tenets of intercultural communication
- critically discuss both the theoretical and applied aspects of intercultural communication.
Mode of study: Course
Time: First year

VIEA032 Communication and Media in a Multicultural World, 6 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of this course is to get acquainted with multiculturalism from the perspectives of media, organizational and group communication and interpersonal communication and relationships.
On completion of this course the student will be able to
- perceive interaction, media and group and organizational communication from multicultural perspectives
- analyze relations between culture and communication
- understand cultural values and norms as well as the cultural ground of communication behavior
- recognize and critically evaluate stereotypes in communication and media
- understand what kind of communication competence is needed for intercultural communication and in multicultural encounters
- identify ethical issues of intercultural communication.
Mode of study:
Course
Time:
First year

Foundations of Communication Research, 15 ECTS credits

The aim of this module is to introduce the fundamental theoretical and methodological issues in the field of communication.

VIEA040 Technologically Mediated Communication, 4 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of this course is to get acquainted with technologically mediated communication in different contexts and to develop diverse understanding of use of communication technology.
On completion of this course the students will be able to
- understand the significance of technologically mediated communication both from technical and sociocultural perspectives
- evaluate the relevance of communication technology applications in different contexts
- apply major theories of technologically mediated communication
- identify history and development of computer and technology mediated communication.
Mode of study: Course
Time: First year

KVVA410 Basic Communication Theories, 6 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of this course is to introduce the development and approaches as well as basic theories and concepts in communication and media studies.
On completion of the course the student will
- be able to differentiate concepts of theory, model and concept
- know different models of communication and be able to compare them
- be able to define basic concepts of communication and media (text, context, discourse, sign, symbol, language, media system)
- know the levels of communication (intrapersonal, interpersonal, group and organizational, mass media, cultural)
- understand how people perceive, receive and interpret communication
- know functions of communication and media
- understand implications of computer mediated communication on individual, communal and societal levels
- know concepts and basic thoughts of major communication and media theories
- be able to evaluate importance and influence of communication and media in society.
Mode of study: Book exam
Time: First year

KVVA510 Introduction to Research Methods, 5 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of this course is to get acquainted with research practices and approaches as well as different types of data and methods.
On completion of this course the student will
- understand science both as research work and scientific knowledge
- understand the special features of communication and media studies as arts, social and behavioral sciences
- know main concepts in philosophy of science
- be able to recognize and evaluate ethical issues in science and research
- be able to identify phases of a research process and principles of research planning
- understand characteristics and basic concepts of qualitative, quantitative and theoretical research
- be able to estimate reliability and validity of a study
- know different data gathering techniques
- understand significance of sampling in a study, know main statistical parameters and understand principles of statistical analyses
- be able to identify different ways to analyse qualitative data
- know different research strategies
Mode of study: Reading circle. Literature: Frey, L. R., Botan, C. H. & Kreps, G. L. 2000. Investigating communication. An introduction to research methods. 2nd edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Time: First autumn semester

Advanced Studies, 90 ECTS credits

Core Studies, 30 ECTS credits

The aim of the core studies is to deepen the knowledge and understanding of intercultural communication and research issues.

KVVS104 - KVVS105 Theorizing Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of this self-study unit is to introduce the students to advanced intercultural communication concepts and frameworks.
On completion of this self-study unit the student will be able to
- present and critically evaluate advanced concepts, theoretical frameworks and applications of intercultural communication
- distinguish and compare intercultural communication theories and applications in academic discussion.
Mode of study: Book exams
1) Gudykunst, W. B. (Ed.) 2003. Cross-cultural and intercultural communication. Thousand Oaks: Sage. (3 ECTS cr.)
2) Hall, E.T. 1970 (1990). The silent language. New York: Anchor Books. (2 ECTS cr.)
3) Holliday, A., Hyde, M. & Kullman, J. 2004. Intercultural communication.
An advanced resource book. London: Routledge. (3 ECTS cr.)
4) Hofstede, G. & Hofstede, G. J. 2005. Cultures and organizations: Software of
the mind. 2nd revised and expanded edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. (3 ECTS cr.)
5) Kim, Y. Y. 2001. Becoming intercultural. An integrative theory of communication and cross-cultural adaptation. Thousand Oaks: Sage. (3 ECTS cr.)
6) Landis, D., Bennett, J. M. & Bennett, M. J. (Eds.) 2004. Handbook of intercultural training. 3rd edition. Thousand Oaks: Sage. Pages 1-84, 129-143, 166-184, 309-362 and 437-452. (2 ECTS cr.)
7) Scollon, R. & Scollon S. W., 2002 (2004). Intercultural communication: A discourse approach. 2nd edition. Malden: Blackwell. (3 ECTS cr.)
8) Trompenaars, F. & Hampden-Turner, C.1997 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004). Riding the waves of culture. Understanding cultural diversity in business. 2nd edition. London: Nicholas Prealey. (2 ECTS cr.)
Time: First spring or second autumn semester

KVVS102 Intercultural Communication: Theories, Models and Applications, 4 ECTS cr.

Aim:The aim of this course is to analyze and critically discuss the main approaches in intercultural communication and related fields.
On completion of this course the student will be able to
- identify and describe the major theoretical frameworks both in cross-cultural and intercultural communication research
- critically analyze, compare and evaluate earlier studies and research applications
- relate theoretical insights into day-to-day intercultural communication and provide adequate analyses.
Mode of study: A course and literature
Prerequisite: KVVA103 Introduction to Intercultural Communication or equivalent
Time: First year

KVVS103 Intercultural Competence, 6 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of this course is to critically examine the existing models of intercultural communication competence and review them incorporating new approaches, including the ethical dimension of intercultural communication, as well as to apply research in practical applications.
On completion of this course the student will be able to
- identify and describe the major theoretical frameworks of intercultural communication competence research
- present and discuss the research applications in various fields (e.g. education, business, social work, development work)
- critically analyze, compare and evaluate earlier research and applications
- develop new insights and contributions to the earlier approaches both in theory and practice, including the ethical considerations
- plan training for intercultural competence.
Mode of study: A course and literature
Prerequisite: KVVA103 Introduction to Intercultural Communication or equivalent
Time: First year

KVVS101 Research Methods in Intercultural Communication, 6 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of this course is to deepen understanding of research process, methods and perspectives to learn to evaluate them on the basis of scientific and ethical research principles.
On completion of this course the student will be able to
- understand the connections between different research methods and philosophy of science as well as communication theories
- identify and evaluate different methods for data gathering and analysis in communication research as well as grounds of those methods
- evaluate the nature of knowledge produced with different methods and its suitability to solve a specific research problem
- plan a research strategy
- collect, analyze and interpret data and justify one’s methodological choices
- respect the principles of research ethics and act according to them.
Mode of study: Web course and/or lectures
Prerequisite: KVVA510 Introduction to research methods
Time: First spring semester

KVVS100 Research Seminar in Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of the research seminar is to prepare and support the student in his/her Master’s Thesis research process.
On completion of the seminar the student will be able to
- plan, implement and evaluate a research process in accordance with appropriate scientific conventions and practices
- consider and apply ethical principles and behaviours of research
- give an academic presentation
- engage critically in academic discussion.
Mode of study: A seminar
Time: First and second year

XENX009 Integrated Research Communication, 4 ECTS cr.

Aim: The aim of this course is to provide support for research writing and the thesis writing process, from the establishment of research focus to synthesizing, writing and presenting a research plan in the thesis seminar.
On completion of the course the student will
- understand the types of knowledge and information management needed for research writing
- be familiar with the conventions, language, and principles of academic writing in the field
- understand intercultural differences in research writing and presentation
- know how to report quantitative and qualitative research and how to use references and citation without plagiarism
- have developed skills in synthesizing and evaluating research information in various formats of written and oral academic communication and presentation
- know how to assess and edit one’s own writing and how to do peer evaluation and provide constructive feedback.
Mode of study: A course and assignments
Time: First spring semester and second autumn semester

Specialization Studies, 12 ECTS credits

The aim of the specialization studies is to gain knowledge of and to formulate a deeper understanding of particular areas of interest, such as area studies, multiculturalism in society and organisations, intercultural education and training, communication, programme and project management, and/or international relations.
Mode of study: Courses
Time: First or second year

Internship and Career Development, 8 ECTS credits

The aim of this module is for the students to practice and deepen their professional skills and intercultural communication expertise in a real work context as well as develop their insights of different career options.
On completion of this module the student will
- be aware of the level of his/her intercultural and professional competence and capable of evaluating it
- be motivated and capable to further develop his/her professional skills in the interface of theory and practice
- recognize different career options and professional skills.

KVVS801 Internship and career development orientation, 2 ECTS cr.

Mode of study: A course
Time: First autumn semester

KVVS802 Internship, 6 ECTS cr.

Mode of study: Internship of 2-3 months facilitated by the Learning Contract Report
Time:
Summer of the first year (or second year)

KVVS900 Master's Thesis, 40 ECTS credits

The aim of the Master’s Thesis is to learn to plan, carry out and complete a scientific research process.
On completion of the Master’s Thesis the student will be able to
- define a relevant research problem and develop a qualified academic research design in the field of intercultural communication
- identify significant information, present relevant bibliography and demonstrate source criticism
- justify and use research methods in an appropriate way and demonstrate coherence between aims and method of study
- make suggestions about research implications
- master academic writing conventions
- critically evaluate the research process.
Mode of study: Independent work in conjunction with the Research Seminar, Integrated Research Communication –course and supervising sessions
Time: First and second year

Language and Communication Studies, 0 - 11 ECTS credits

Depending on each student's individual situation:

For non-Finnish students:

XSU0005 Suomi 1, 5 ECTS cr.

Mode of study: A course offered by the Language Centre
Time: First year

XSU0006 Suomi 2, 5 ECTS cr.

Mode of study: A course offered by the Language Centre
Time: First year

For Finnish students, who have not taken a course in Swedish (so called "virkamiesruotsi") within their BA-degree:

XRU0102 Akademisk svenska, 3 ECTS cr.

Mode of study: A course offered by the Language Centre
Time: First year

For all the students, who have not taken a maturity test (maturiteetti) within their BA-degree:

KVV0Y96 Maturity test, 1 ECTS cr.

Time: After completion of Master's Thesis