26.01.2013

Programme Structure in Intercultural Studies 2012 - 2013

Intercultural Studies (ICS) is an interdisciplinary minor (25 ECTS credit units) 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 as well as for degree students in the MA Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication. Other 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.

The maximum amount of credit for ICS that a student can take is 25 ECTS. Thus, even though more optional courses can be offered, students are not to take more than 25 ECTS of ICS courses. All the courses are graded on the scale 0–5.

Intercultural Studies consists of the following four study modules:

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

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 the ethical principles in intercultural encounters 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

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 research areas and the basic concepts in Intercultural communication
- 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.

Mode of study: Web course.

2) Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Intercultural Studies, 8 ECTS

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

On completion of this module the student will be able to
- understand how the theories, concepts, and methods of intercultural research are applied in different disciplines (e.g. business, communication, education, and psychology).

Mode of study: Optional courses and/or literature.

3) Context, Region, Heritage, 8 ECTS

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

On completion of this module the student will be able to
- discuss and analyse national and regional cultural values, identities, traditions and communication culture
- understand the country-specific social and geopolitical situation in a certain culture
- reflect critically on the  popularly held views of the ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Mode of study: Optional courses and/or literature.

4) Interculturalism, Multiculturalism and Society, 4 ECTS

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

On completion of this module the student will be able to
- discuss the cultural and ethical issues related to intercultural encounters in professional life (e.g. workplace, counselling, and education)
- appreciate and critically reflect cultural diversity in private relationships and public encounters.

Mode of study: Optional courses and/or literature