Communication: Intercultural Communication I
This course provides an introduction to intercultural communication as an interdisciplinary field that tries to understand the interaction and communication between people of differing cultural backgrounds. The course content will outline the main aspects and issues concerning intercultural communication based on academic theory and research, and with constant attention for the implications for practice. To this end the course will refer both to more pragmatic theories of intercultural communication that try to capture cultural differences in communication, as well as to more critical theories that challenge the validity of cultural explanations and focus on underlying power inequalities. The overall aim of the course is both to provide insight into various factors and phenomena that may impact intercultural communicative interactions, as well as reflection on the relevance of intercultural communication as a field in an age of increasing globalization and hyperconnectivity.