11.06.2012

Programme Structure in Intercultural Studies 2009 - 2012

Intercultural Studies (ICS) is an interdisciplinary minor (25 ECTS credits) which aims to introduce the students to intercultural issues arising from various contexts of research and practice. ICS offers a theoretical and practical framework to enhance students’ knowledge of and competence in intercultural issues.

Courses in ICS are open for all exchange students visiting the University of Jyväskylä. Degree students (Finnish and non-Finnish) of the University of Jyväskylä who wish to study Intercultural Studies as their minor subject need to apply for the right to study.

The language of instruction in ICS-courses is English. All student assignment work is to be completed in English or in the language identified by the instructor.

The maximum amount of credits for ICS is 25 ECTS and students are not encouraged to take more than 25 ECTS worth of courses, even though more credits are offered annually in the form of optional studies.

Intercultural Studies consists of the following four study modules:

1) Introduction to Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS credits
2) Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Intercultural Studies, 8 ECTS credits
3) Context, Region, Heritage, 8 ECTS credits
4) Interculturalism, Multiculturalism and Society, 4 ECTS credits

On completion of the Intercultural Studies minor, the student will be able to
- recognize and understand the major issues in the research areas of intercultural studies
- distinguish, associate and critically discuss knowledge and concepts from the various areas of intercultural studies
- understand and respect cultural diversity
- apply gained knowledge and skills in intercultural groups and environments
- evaluate and make conclusions about intercultural issues in multicultural present-day social life

1) Introduction to Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS credits

The aim of this study module 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 module 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 Introduction to Intercultural Communication (5 ECTS cr.)

2) Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Intercultural Studies, 8 ECTS credits

The aim of this study module is to provide an understanding of the intercultural and/or cross-cultural research conducted within the chosen area.

Mode of study: Optional courses, for example Cultural Anthropology (4 ECTS cr.), Cross-cultural Psychology (4 ECTS cr.), International Relations (4 ECTS cr.), International Marketing (4 ECTS cr.).

3) Context, Region, Heritage, 8 ECTS credits

The aim of this study module is to provide students with knowledge about a particular region, cultural heritage or tradition.

Mode of study: Optional courses, for example Asian studies (6 ECTS cr.), Latin American studies (4 ECTS cr.), Indian studies (2-4 ECTS cr.), Russian studies (4 ECTS cr.), Views to Finnish Culture (2-4 ECTS cr.).

4) Interculturalism, Multiculturalism and Society, 4 ECTS credits

The aim of this study module is to investigate a chosen area of multiculturalism and interculturalism in contemporary social life.

Mode of study: Optional course, for example Multicultural Counseling (4 ECTS cr.), Race relations in historic perspective (4 ECTS cr.), Multicultural Education (4 ECTS cr.).