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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Intercultural Communicative Competence I
Module Code LC120
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Martin Toal
Semester 2: Martin Toal
Autumn: Martin Toal
Module TeachersFiona Gallagher
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To introduce students to the fundamental concepts and theories of intercultural communication, and help them develop the communicative skills and attitudes necessary to adjust to and interact effectively within new cultural environments by: raising awareness on issues of culture and identity; analysing the complex meanings and values of national culture; examining how cultural values are reflected in cultural artefacts (e.g. language, literature, film, food, education, politics, etc.); studying the nature of stereotyping, prejudice, racism; stimulating thought on the diversity of cultural mind-sets and their implications for living in/with different cultures; highlighting the relevance of intercultural issues in the students' lives and studies; examining the applicability of cross-cultural adjustment theories / studies to the students' experience living abroad

Learning Outcomes

1. analyse basic theories and concepts of intercultural communication
2. demonstrate awareness and understanding of the issues involved in developing intercultural communicative competence through both theoretical and experiential learning
3. discuss practical communicative skills and strategies for negotiating intercultural communicative situations in various different cultural contexts.
4. interpret one's own intercultural experiences within a theoretical framework
5. prepare and present a theme in mixed nationality groups

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Introduction to key concepts
Group work4Group presentations
Independent Study101Research, preparation of presentation and report writing
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

Social identity and social groups

Social interaction

Beliefs and behaviour

Socio-political institutions

Stereotypes and national identity

Socialisation and life-cycle

Cross-cultural adjustment theories

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationGroup presentation related to coursework50%Week 12
ParticipationCritical Incident Analysis50%Week 10
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

  • Bennett, M. (Ed.): 1998, Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication, Intercultural Press, Yarmouth:Maine,
  • Gudykunst, W.B. & Kim, Y.Y.: 1992, Communicating with Strangers, 2nd, McGrawHill, London,
  • Hofstede, G: 1994, Cultures and Organisations. Intercultural Cooperation and Importance to Survival. Software of the Mind, Harper Collins, London,
  • Trompenaars, F. and Hampden-Turner, C.: 2002, Riding the Waves of Culture., 2nd, Nicolas Brealey Publishing, London,
  • Ward, C., Bochner, S. and Furnham, A.: 2003, The Psychology of Culture Shock., 2nd, Routledge, London,
  • Brislin, R: 2000, Understanding Culture's Influence on Behavior, Harcourt College Publishers,
  • Furnham, A. & Bochner, S.: 1986, Culture Shock, Methuen, London,
  • Gudykunst, W.B. (eds): 2003, . Cross-Cultural and Intercultural Communication., Sage, CA: Thousand Oaks,
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Date of Last Revision30-NOV-10

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