31.07.2013

Degree structure in Intercultural Communication 2012 - 2015

INTERACTIONS 2012 - 2015

Master’s Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication & Digital Culture

The Interactions Master's Degree Programme is a two-year interdisciplinary course which combines communication studies and cultural studies in a unique way. Through this pioneering approach, students will be able to widely consider the cultural implications of the ongoing changes in how people from various cultures interact with each other face-to-face and through digital communication technologies. In the programme, students will be able to select between two main fields of specialization, intercultural communication and digital culture. In addition to theoretical depth, there is a strong practical aspect in the programme, providing communication and content production competencies required in the multicultural, networked world. The programme prepares students for careers involving significant intercultural contacts in companies, public organizations and non-governmental organizations. The students will be also qualified for research-intensive employment; the MA degree qualifies students for enrolment in doctoral studies.

I Programme Studies 35 ECTS
II Major Subject Studies 35 - 40 ECTS
III MA Thesis 40 ECTS
IV Language Studies 5 - 16 ECTS

120 ECTS

I Programme Studies, 35 ECTS

INTS201 Cultural Theory, 5 ECTS
INTS202 (ICSP101) Introduction to Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS
INTS203 Media and Online Cultures, 5 ECTS
INTS101 Research Methodology, 5 ECTS
INTS102 Thesis Seminar, 5 ECTS
INTS301 - INTS304 Internship or Project Management or Academic Expertise, 10 ECTS

II Major Subject Studies, 35 - 40 ECTS

ICCDIGITAL CULTURE
Theories and Models of Intercultural
Communication, 6 ECTS
Intercultural Communication Skills, 4 ECTS
Theories and Models of Intercultural        
Competence, 5 ECTS
Developing Intercultural Competence, 5 ECTS
Communicating in a Culturally
Diverse Workplace, 5 ECTS
Theorizing Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS
Specialization Studies, 5 - 10 ECTS
Culture and Technology, 5 ECTS
Digital Cultures and Practices, 10 ECTS
Digital Arts, 10 ECTS
Game Studies, 10 ECTS
Optional Studies, 5 ECTS

III MA Thesis, 40 ECTS

IV Language Studies, 5 - 16 ECTS

XSU0005 Finnish I, 5 ECTS (for non-Finnish students)
XSU0006 Finnish II, 5 ECTS (for non-Finnish students)
XENX009 Research Communication Skills, 5 ECTS
Maturity Test, 1 ECTS (for students who have not taken a maturity test within their BA degree)

In case there’s a need for additional studies to create a basis for advanced studies, they will be defined individually for each student in the first Personal Study Plan meeting.


I PROGRAMME STUDIES, 35 ECTS (obligatory to all students)

INTS201 Cultural Theory, 5 ECTS

Students will gain a comprehensive view of cultural theory from a humanities point of
view. Focus is on the main modern theories of culture. Students will be familiar with the
main issues and theories of culture encompassing: hermeneutics and semiotics, critical
theory and cultural studies approaches. Special emphasis is paid on how
communication and its role is understood within each theoretical context.
Learning outcomes: Students will be familiar with the main issues and theories of culture encompassing:
-hermeneutics and semiotics
-critical theory
-cultural studies approaches.
Learning methods: Lectures and written assignments based on literature
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 1. period

INTS202 (ICSP101) 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: online course
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 1. period

INTS203 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
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 3. period

INTS101 Research Methodology, 5 ECTS

The aim of this course is to deepen the understanding of research process, methods
and perspectives and to learn to evaluate them on the basis of scientific and ethical
research principles.
Learning goals: 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.
Learning outcomes: lectures, online material.
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 3. & 4. period
Previous studies required: Sufficient methodological knowledge.

INTS102 Thesis Seminar, 5 ECTS

The aim of the research seminar is to prepare and support the student in his/her
Master’s Thesis research process.
Learning goals: 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.
Learning outcomes: seminar
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 1.–8. periods

Internship, or Project Management or Academic Expertise, 10 ECTS

This module consists of two parts: an orientation on career development and the role of
projects in working life (2 ECTS) and internship, or project management, or academic expertise (8 ECTS).

INTS301 Course on project work and working life, 2 ECTS

The purpose of this orientation is to introduce the participants to the practices of working
life and internships, and the basic premises and practices of project work.
Recommended timing: 2. period
Learning methods: lecture course
Evaluation: pass/fail

AND

INTS302 Internship, 8 ECTS

The aim of the internship is for the students to practice and deepen their professional
skills and expertise in a real work context as well as develop their insights of different
career options
Learning outcomes: On completion of this module the student will
- be aware of the level of his/her 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.
Learning methods: internship
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Previous studies required: Course on project work and working life.
Recommended timing: summer, second year

OR

INTS303 Project Management, 8 ECTS

The aim of the project work is to engage students with different backgrounds in an
extensive research and/or development project. The students have to run the project,
produce the set outcomes, report the results, and maintain adequate documentation.
Learning methods: project work
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Previous studies required: Course on project work and working life.
Recommended timing: summer, second year

OR

INTS304 Academic Expertise, 8 ECTS

This is an individually tailored unit, where the student attends an international
conference or seminar, presents there a paper related to his/her Thesis topic, and writes
a report of the event.
Learning methods: Individual learning project.
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Previous studies required: Course on project work and working life
Recommended timing: summer, second year

II MAJOR SUBJECT STUDIES IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION, 35 - 40 ECTS

KVVS106 Theories and Models of Intercultural Communication, 6 ECTS

The aim of this course is to increase the intercultural knowledge and awareness of the
students, and furthermore to analyze and critically discuss the main approaches in
intercultural communication and related fields.
Learning outcomes: 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.
Learning methods: lecture course
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 2. period
Previous studies required: Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Literature: Samovar, L.A., Porter, R.E. & McDaniel, E.R. 2006. Intercultural
Communication: A Reader. (13th ed.) Cengage Learning/Wadsworth; Chen, G.-M. &
Starosta, W.J. 2005. Foundations of Intercultural Communication. Lanham: University
Press of America, Inc.; Spencer-Oatey, H. & Franklin, P. 2009. Intercultural Interaction:
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Intercultural Communication. Palgrave Macmillan.

KVVS107 Intercultural Communications skills, 4 ECTS

The aim of this course is to experiment how to put intercultural communication theory
into practice and to become acquainted with different Intercultural learning methods
Learning outcomes: 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
- is aware of the techniques and methods in ICC learning
- is aware of the skills needed to interact in intercultural settings in a competent manner
- is willing and able to further develop his/her intercultural communication skills outside
the classroom.
Learning methods: workshop
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 2. period
Previous studies required: Introduction to Intercultural Communication

KVVS108 Theories and models of intercultural competence, 5 ECTS

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.
Learning outcomes: On completion of this course the student will be able to
- identify and describe the major theoretical frameworks and conceptualizations 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
- compare methods of measuring and evaluating intercultural competence
- develop new insights and contributions to the earlier approaches both in theory and
practice, including the ethical considerations.
Learning methods: lecture course
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 3.–4. period
Previous studies required: Theories and Models of Intercultural Communication
Literature: Deardorff, D.K. 2009. The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence.
Thousand Oaks: Sage.

KVVS109 Developing Intercultural Competence, 5 ECTS

The aim of this course is to experiment how to apply intercultural communication theory
and research into practice.
Learning outcomes: On completion of this course the student will be able to
- describe and analyze the means and methods of intercultural training and consultation
- design and execute practical training sessions or consultations for developing
intercultural competence.
Learning methods: group meetings, alternative methods
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 5.–6. period
Previous studies required: Theories and models of intercultural competence
Literature: Landis, D., Bennett, J. M. & Bennett, M. J. (Eds.) 2004. Handbook of
intercultural training. 3rd edition. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

KVVS110 Communicating in a Culturally Diverse Workplace, 5 ECTS

This course explores communication phenomena in a culturally diverse workplace on
organisational, group and interpersonal levels. We will look at such issues as
organisational treatment of difference, communication in a multilingual workplace,
identity processes, relational development or informal intercultural learning.
Learning outcomes: On completion of this course the student should be able to
-apply communication concepts and theories to frame and address workplace
communication phenomena related to cultural diversity
-critically dicuss the ethical issues in communication in a culturally diverse workplace.
Learning methods: lecture course
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 2.–3. period
Previous studies required: Theories and Models of Intercultural Communication

KVVS104 - KVVS105 Theorizing Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS

The aim of this self-study unit is to introduce the students to advanced intercultural
communication concepts and frameworks.
Learning outcomes: 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.
Learning methods: Book exams
(3 ECTS)
- Gudykunst, W. B. (Ed.) 2003. Cross-cultural and intercultural communication.
Thousand Oaks: Sage.
- Holliday, A., Hyde, M. & Kullman, J. 2004. Intercultural communication.
An advanced resource book. London: Routledge.
- Kim, Y. Y. 2001. Becoming intercultural. An integrative theory of communication and
cross-cultural adaptation. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
- Scollon, R. & Scollon S. W., 2002 (2004). Intercultural communication: A discourse
approach. 2nd edition. Malden: Blackwell.
(2 ECTS)
- 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.
- Hofstede, G. & Hofstede, G. J. 2005. Cultures and organizations: Software of
the mind. 2nd revised and expanded edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Hall, E.T. 1970 (1990). The silent language. New York: Anchor Books.
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 3.–6. period

Specialization Studies,  5 - 10 ECTS

Optional courses chosen by the students, as fits with his/her personal study plan.
Recommended timing: 3.–6. period

For instance, following courses are offered:

KVVS305 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 the course the student will be able to
- identify and describe major theoretical frameworks of migration and transition research
in Intercultural communication context
- 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
Recommended timing: 4. period

KVVS306 Multicultural Education, 5 ECTS

The aim of the course is to introduce the fundamental principles of multicultural
education by looking at the processes it takes in certain contexts, as well as to develop
perception of the facilitation of learning for every student, no matter how culturally similar
or different they are.
Learning outcomes:
On completion of this course the student will be able to
- be aware of the basic concepts and of the different contexts regarding multicultural
education
- be familiar with the basic macro (policies) and micro (practices) approaches to
multicultural education
- critically discuss the fundamental principles and topics in multicultural education.
Learning methods: lecture course and/or literature
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 4. period

KVVS304 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 effects 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
Recommended timing: 4. period

III MASTER'S THESIS, 40 ECTS

The aim of the Master’s Thesis is to learn to plan, carry out and complete a scientific
research process.
Learning outcomes: 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.
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: 3.–8. period

IV LANGUAGE STUDIES, 5–16 ECTS

XENX009 Research Communication Skills, 5 ECTS (for all students)

To learn conventions of research reporting and academic writing in English. To learn to give academic oral presentations. The course is integrated with subject studies.

XSU0005 Finnish I, 5 ECTS (for non-Finnish students)

After the Finnish 1 course students will survive through simple, everyday situations such
as routine purchases, asking for and giving information. They will manage basic
expressions such as numbers, prices, quantities, time and simple directions. Students
will be able to understand short and simple newspaper texts and tell about topics related
to their personal life.
Recommended timing: 1.–2. period

XSU0006 Finnish II, 5 ECTS (for non-Finnish students)

Recommended timing: 3.–4. period

For specific reasons the Dean may accept exemptions from the Finnish II requirement.

KVV0Y96 Maturity Test, 1 ECTS (for students who have not taken a maturity test within their BA degree)

Please see instructions for the Maturity test.