Intercultural Communication (SML2246)

15 credits

Contact between users of different languages inevitably also constitutes contact between subjects with different cultural identities, and there are common features of such inter-cultural contact irrespective of the languages involved. Some research findings indicate that language students return from a year abroad less positive towards the ‘target’ culture than when they left home. The module will develop an understanding of what culture and cultural practice refer to, what it means to be a member of ‘a culture’ (not least in the manner of communication), and will promote intercultural competence and skills to avoid cultural stereotyping, negotiate cultural difference and engage with cultural others.