Intercultural Communication

In this module, we will define what intercultural competence (a sought-after skill and a central theme of research in Intercultural Communication) entails - in general and in the context of salient areas of intercultural contact such as business and healthcare. This will follow on from discussions about: culture, its definitions and classifications as ‘big’ or ‘small’, ‘high’ or ‘low-context’, normative and predictive or discursively constructed; identity and how it interlinks with verbal and non-verbal communication; the language-culture nexus and the use of figurative language across cultures - with a focus on metaphors which are an essential feature of human communication. We will also assess the key approaches to intercultural communication that have informed research - ‘intercultural’, ‘cross-cultural’ and ‘inter-discourse’.