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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Intercultural Communication
Module Code LC121
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Martin Toal
Semester 2: Martin Toal
Autumn: Martin Toal
Module TeachersVeronica Crosbie
Martin Toal
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Reflective essay on an aspect of intercultural communication

To familiarise students with basic theories concerning the diversity of cultural mindsets, the impact of culture on communication and the development of intercultural sensitivity in healthcare settings.To introduce students to the comparative analysis of cultural phenomena.

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate familiarity with the basic theories in the field
2. use intercultural communication theories as a tool for the analysis of specific cases
3. display greater understanding of the extent of their own and others cultural conditioning and its influence on attitudes and behaviour in intercultural interactions
4. Present aspects of intercultural communication in groups to their peers
5. Critically reflect on intercultural issues via journal writing

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture14Introduction to key theories
Group work2group presentation to peers
Independent Study109Researching topics; preparing group presentation; writing journal
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

Understanding culture

Cross-cultural communication and intercultural learning.

Culture shock and adaptation

Stereotypes, prejudice, racism

Mediating persons: working with interpreters.

Multicultural teamwork

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationGroup presentation on aspect of intercultural communication30%As required
Reflective journalWriting critical reflections based on work placement70%Sem 2 End
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, USA: Maine,
  • Gudykunst, W.B. & Kim, Y.Y: 1992, Communicating with Strangers, 2nd, McGrawHill, London,
  • Gudykunst, W.B., TingToomey, S. & Nishida, T.: 1992, Communication in Personal Relationships across Cultures., Sage, London,
  • Hofstede, G.: 1994, Cultures and Organisations. Intercultural Cooperation and Importance to Survival. Software of the Mind., Harper Collins, London,
  • Leininger, M. & Mcfarland, M.: 2002, Transcultural nursing : concepts, theories, research, and practice, 3rd, McGraw-Hill, London,
  • Scollon, Ron and Suzanne Wong Scollon: 1995, Intercultural Communication. A Discourse Approach, Blackwell, UK: Oxford,
  • Holliday, A.: 2011, Intercultural Communication and Ideology,
  • Jackson, J. (Ed): 2014, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication,
  • Piller, I.: 2017, Intercultural Communication: A critical introduction, 2nd, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
Date of Last Revision02-JUN-11

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