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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Interculturalism in Practice
Module Code LC107
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Martin Toal
Semester 2: Martin Toal
Autumn: Martin Toal
Module TeachersFiona Gallagher
Martin Toal
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of this module is to encourage students to use intercultural theory as a tool for analysing the cross cultural experience of individuals or groups. To survey theoretical approaches from different disciplines in the field.

Learning Outcomes

1. choose relevant aspects of adaptation theory in order to analyse the experience of individuals or groups
2. apply theories of identity, prejudice, discrimination or stereotyping, in order to analyse the experiences of individuals or groups
3. analyse intercultural misunderstandings between individuals or groups by applying concepts of non-verbal communication, cultural values and other concepts related to intercultural communication

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Major theories of cultural adaptation, identity and intercultural communication
Independent Study105Reading, report preparation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Theories of culture shock
Major theories of culture shock and adaptation from Oberg to Kim will be reviewed

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class Testn/a30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Block, D.: 2009, Second language identities, Bloomsbury Publishing.,
  • Hofstede, G.: 1998, Cultures and organisations. Software of the Mind., :McGraw Hill, London and New York,
  • Jackson, J.: 2014, Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication, Routledge, London & NewYork,
  • Jandt, F: 2010, An introduction to intercultural communication: identities in a global community. (6th ed.)., Sage, Los Angeles:,
  • Y.Y. Kim: 2001, Becoming Intercultural: an integrative theory of communication and cross-cultural adapatation, 1st, Sage, Thousand Oaks:CA,
  • M. Pickering: 2001, Stereotyping,, Palgrave, Basingstoke,
  • F. Trompenaars & C. Hampden-Turner: 1994, Riding the Waves of Culture. Understanding Diversity in Global Business, Irwin, New York,
  • C. Ward, S. Bochner and A. Furnham: 2001, The Psychology of Culture Shock, 2nd, Routledge, London,
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IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)

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