Communication Cultures

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Communication Cultures

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    .The main goals for this course are:
    - to increase your cultural awareness on a practical level in differentsettings, such as the international classroom, website design,face-to-face encounters and media texts;
    - to increase your cultural awareness on a theoretical level byexploring the key concepts used in the field of intercultural
    - to explore how these key concepts translate to research incommunication and discourse analytic research by performing your own
    small-scale analyses of different settings in which intercultural communication

    This course introduces the topic of intercultural communication as a field of study we can examine with the help of a discourse approach. Adopting such an approach means that we will not only consider discourse as the language people speak in different countries. A discourse appoach makes it possible to also address ’culture’ and ’interculturality’ in student cultures, gender cultures, generational cutlures, the cultures of Internet groups and cultures that exist around products of popular culture on Facebook (e.g., fan cultures).

    During the course we will introduce and learn to use disourse analytic approaches to explore a range of different cultures and explore what the benefits are of considering the communication between people of such different groups as ’moments of intercultural communicatoin’. What does it offer a communication specialist to consider the discourse of different groups in society in this way? We will also attempt to answer this question, together with guest lectures from invited speakers.

    The examples we work with during the course may vary and students will be asked to collect data for their own small-scale research project. Lectures, guest lectures and seminars will be geared towards presenting data and observations when adopting different discourse analytic approaches. Group presentations, assignments and discussions will always link to theoretical debates in the course literature, actual (professional) practice and to the real life learning environment of the international classroom.

    The meetings for this course will be interactive lectures, and seminars in which you will apply theory to data examples (in total 3 meetings of 2 hours each, per week)

    Two assignments (30% of your final grade; no resit for the assignments) and an exam (70% to your final grade). You have to pass the exam in order to complete this course. We expect all students to actively participate in the course.


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