10.09.2014

Master’s Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication (120 ECTS): Curriculum 2014 - 2015

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Communication is a two-year interdisciplinary course focusing on intercultural communication theory and practice. Through this approach, students consider the cultural implications of the ongoing changes in how people from various cultures interact with each other. In the programme students focus on various approaches to intercultural communication. 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, 70 – 75 ECTS

Introduction to Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS
Communication Theory, 5 ECTS
Research Methodology, 5 ECTS
Thesis Seminar, 5 ECTS
Theories and Models of Intercultural Communication, 6 ECTS
Intercultural Communication Skills, 4 ECTS
Theories and Models of Intercultural Competence, 5 ECTS
Communicating in a Culturally Diverse Workplace, 5 ECTS
Media and Online Cultures, 5 ECTS
Theorizing Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS
Developing Intercultural Competence, 5 ECTS
Internship or Project Management or Academic Expertise, 10 ECTS
Specialization Studies, 5 - 10 ECTS

II MA Thesis, 40 ECTS

III Language Studies, 5 - 16 ECTS

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

I PROGRAMME STUDIES, 70 -75 ECTS

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

KVVS111 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.

KVVS011 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 outcomes: 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 methods: lecture course
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: first year
Previous studies required: Sufficient methodological knowledge.
Literature: Croucher, S. M., & Cronn-Mills, D. M. (2014). Research methods: A theoretical and practical approach. New York, NY: Routledge.

KVVS010 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 outcomes: 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 methods: seminar
Evaluation: pass/fail
Recommended timing: first and second year

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:  first year
Previous studies required: Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Literature: Gudykunst, W. B., & Mody, B. (2002). Handbook of international and intercultural communication (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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: first year
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: first year
Previous studies required: Theories and Models of Intercultural Communication
Literature: Deardorff, D.K. 2009. The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence.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: first year
Previous studies required: Theories and Models of Intercultural Communication

KVVS112 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: first year

KVVS104 - KVVS105 Theorizing Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS (3 + 2 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 books (KVVS104 Theorizing Intercultural Communication):
- Gudykunst, W. B. (Ed.) 2003. Cross-cultural and intercultural communication.
Thousand Oaks: Sage.
- Kim, Y. Y. 2001. Becoming intercultural. An integrative theory of communication and
cross-cultural adaptation. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
- Said, E. 1978. On Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books/Random House.

2 ECTS books (KVVS105 Theorizing Intercultural Communication):
- Hofstede, G.H., Hofstede, G. J., & Minkov, M. 2010. Cultures and organizations: Software of the mind. Intercultural cooperation and its importance for survival. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Hall, E.T. 1970 (1990). The silent language. New York: Anchor Books. AND Hall, E.T. 1976 (1989). Beyond culture. New York: Doubleday.

Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: first spring semester - second year

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 lecture course, group work
Evaluation: on a scale from 0–5
Recommended timing: second year
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.

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).

KVVS805 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: first year
Learning methods: lecture course
Evaluation: pass/fail

AND

KVVS802 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

KVVS803 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

KVVS804 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

Specialization Studies,  5 - 10 ECTS

Optional courses chosen by the students, as fits with his/her personal study plan.
Recommended timing: first spring semester - second year

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

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

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

II MASTER'S THESIS, 40 ECTS

KVVS900 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: first spring semester - second year

III 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 programme studies.
Recommended timing: first year

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

Recommended timing: first year

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

Recommended timing: first year

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

Learning method: An essay in the field of the Master’s Thesis
Timing: After having submitted the Master’s Thesis for the final assessment