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Postgraduate Course: Critical Topics in Intercultural Communication Studies (EDUA11440)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis interdisciplinary course offers students the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of key theoretical concepts related to the study of critical intercultural communication. After considering the Intercultural as a site of struggle based on situated power interests and ideologies, the course will focus on a range of topics which scholars of critical intercultural communication have explored over the past 20 years. Topics covered include global movements, migration and migratory politics, the logic of capitalism and the consumption of places, and popular culture and the media. The implications such work has for intercultural praxis will also be addressed in relation to the ethics of intercultural communication. Students taking this course can expect to discuss critically issues arising from these topics in order to reflect on the ways in which they can go about becoming responsible researchers of Intercultural Communication.
Course description The course Critical Topics in Intercultural Communication Studies aims to offer students an interdisciplinary course to problematise key issues associated with the field of Intercultural Communication (e.g., Racism, Migration, Social Justice, Equality, Social Movements). These critical topics will be approached from critically oriented and theoretically grounded interdisciplinary research (e.g., in drawing on research from Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology). Students will engage in pedagogically innovative practices during workshops to develop their criticality and reflectively thinking skills. The course is pertinent given the social immediacy of the issues discussed in the course contents (e.g., discussions on decolonialisation and racism). In this sense, the course Critical Topics in Intercultural Communication Studies offers critical perspectives in addressing (and redressing) key issues in society and in the field of Intercultural Communication.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 75% 3001 word essay
25% 1000 word blog
Feedback Formative
To complete the 3001-word essay, students are strongly encouraged to develop an essay plan which will be commented upon in the final workshop. It is encouraged that students choose an essay topic based upon their blog post. Therefore, students can expect two feed forward opportunities which take place during the course. The first feedforward opportunity includes the workshop tutor providing feedback on their assessed blog post.

The second feedforward opportunity is in the final week of the course which is dedicated to the assignment whereby students are encouraged to bring an essay plan to their workshop session for further reflection and discussion. Following completion of the taught component of the course, students have approximately 2-3 weeks to produce the final version of their essay and to submit it for summative evaluation on the submission date advised in advance.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically assess key theoretical concepts related to the study of Critical Intercultural Communication
  2. Critically analyse the ways in which situated power interests and ideologies form conditions for the construction of Intercultural Communication
  3. Critically evaluate topics of Critical Intercultural Communication in relation to research and teaching
  4. Critically assess implications for which critical work on Intercultural Communication has for intercultural praxis referring to the ethics of Intercultural Communication
  5. Critically reflect on the ways in which students can become responsible researchers of Intercultural Communication
Reading List
Bauman, Z. (1997). Postmodernity and its discontents. London: Polity Press.

Hall, S. (1997). Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. London: Sage.

O'Regan, J.P. (2021). Global English and Political Economy. London: Routledge.

Piller, I. (2017). Intercultural communication: A Critical introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Sorrells, K. (2013). Intercultural Communication: Globalisation and Social Justice. London: Sage.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and understanding: Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of specialised theories, concepts and principles found in Intercultural Communication.
Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding: Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a significant range of professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with Intercultural Communication.
Generic Cognitive Skills: Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues, or issues that are informed by forefront developments in Intercultural Communication research.
Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills: Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.
Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others: Practise in ways which draw on critical reflection on own and others┬┐ roles and responsibilities.
KeywordsIntercultural Communication,Ethics,Critical theories,Power,Ideology
Course organiserDr Maria Dasli
Tel: (0131 6)51 6611
Course secretaryMr Ethan Williamson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265
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