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Intercultural Communication - Modultafeln of TU Ilmenau

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module properties module number 200802 - common information
module number200802
departmentDepartment of Economic Sciences and Media
ID of group2552 (Media Studies)
module leaderProf. Dr. Martin Löffelholz
languageEnglisch
term Wintersemester
previous knowledge and experience

Understanding of fundamental theories in media and communication research

learning outcome

After the lectures students have insight into relevant intercultural communication theories and methods. During the practical classes students gained knowledge and understanding of theoretical approaches to intercultural and transcultural communication: (1) Theories of values orientation, intercultural adaptation and integration; (2) Influence of culture on various levels of communication (interpersonal and mediated); (3) Specifics of verbal and non-verbal communication in different cultures; (4) Impact of intercultural communication on professional and everyday life. Discussions in intercultural groups strengthened the students' social competencies. They learned about relevant methods in intercultural communication.

content

The module provides an overview of the theories and findings of intercultural communication research taking into account all levels of communication, namely personal perception and interpersonal and mediated communication. In addition to reviewing relevant readings and discussing empirical studies, students develop their knowledge of other cultures based on observations of themselves and others during class and leisure time. On this basis, competencies for successful communication in an inter­cultural environment are developed. Besides, students acquire knowledge of theoretical approaches to intercultural and transcultural communication. For example, theories of value orientation, intercultural adaptation and integration or the influence of culture on interpersonal and mediated communication will be discussed. In addition, the participants will analyse the particularities of verbal and non-verbal communication in different cultures as well as the effects of intercultural communication on work and everyday life.

media of instruction and technical requirements for education and examination in case of online participation

Technical requirements:

  • Camera for video transmission (720p/HD)
  • audio system and microphone with sufficient speech intelligibility
  • stable internet connection (suitable for HD audio and video transmission: 4 MBit/s)
  • End device that meets the technical requirements of the required software:
  • PC/laptop
  • Current operating system with current virus protection
  • Current Office program
  • Updated browser, preferably Google Chrome or Firefox.

Additional requirements for Social VR:

  • Stable internet connection (via LAN, not WLAN) (suitable for HD audio and video transmission as well as social VR: 15Mbit/s).
  • End device that meets the technical requirements of the required software:
  • Desktop PC/laptop (not smartphone or tablet), preferably with Intel i7/Intel i9 or similar CPU, 8 GB RAM, modern graphics card with 4 GB VRAM.
  • Up-to-date operating system with current virus protection
  • External three-button mouse and headphones
literature / references

Asante, M. K., Gudykunst, W. B. (eds.). (2000). Handbook of international and inter­cul­tu­ral communication (2nd ed.). Newsbury Park, CA: Sage.

Carte, P:, Fox, C: (2008): Bridging the culture gap: A practical guide to inter­­natio­nal business Com­munication (2nd ed.). London: Kogan Page.Gudykunst, W. B. (ed.). (2004). Theorizing about intercultural communication. Thou­sand Oaks: Sage.

Hallin, D. C., & Mancini, P. (2006). Comparing media systems: Three models of media and politics. Cambridge: University Press.Hallin, D. C. & Mancini, P. (Eds.) (2012). Comparing media systems beyond the Western world: Communication, society and politics. Cambridge: University Press.Hofstede, Geert (2002). Culture's consequences: Comparing values, behaviours, institu­tions and organi­za­tions across nations. Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi: Sage.
Jandt, Fred E. (2004). An introduction to intercultural communication. Identities in a glo­bal community (fourth Ed.). Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi: Sage.
Jandt, Fred E. (ed.) (2004). Intercultural communication: A global reader. Thou­sand Oaks London, New Delhi: Sage.
Kim, Y. Y. (2017). The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118783665
Samovar, L. A., Porter, R. E., & McDaniel, E. R. (2012). Intercultural communication: a reader (13th ed.). Boston, Mass. [i.a.]: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
Schwartz, S. H. (2006). A theory of cultural value orientations: Explications and applications. Comparative Sociology, 5(2-3), 137-182. Scollon, Ronald & Wong
Scollon, Suzanne (2007). Intercultural communication: A dis­­course approach (second ed.). Oxford: Blackwell.
Schmidt, Wallace V., Conaway, Roger, Easton, Susan S., Wardrope, William J.  (2007). Com­­municating glo­bally: Intercultural communication and inter­nation­al business. Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi: Sage.
Shan, B., & Christians, C. G. (eds.). (2015). Intersections in communications and culture: Vol. 32. The ethics of intercultural communication. New York, Bern, Frankfurt, Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, Oxford, Warsaw: Peter Lang.
Welsch, W. (2002). Rethinking identity in the age of globalization - a transcultural perspective. Aesthetics & Art Science, 1, 85-94.

evaluation of teaching
Details reference subject
module nameIntercultural Communication
examination number2500559
credit points5
SWS2 (1 V, 1 Ü, 0 P)
on-campus program (h)22.5
self-study (h)127.5
obligationobligatory module
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate

To successfully complete the course the following requirements have to be fulfilled:

  • Active participation and mandatory reading
  • quiz

project presentation

alternative examination performance due to COVID-19 regulations incl. technical requirements

Alternative final performance (work samples, for example: papers, presentations, constructive/experimental or other development work, practical work) in distance according to § 6a PStO-AB

The technical requirements are the same as for teaching and graduation achievements in electronic form.

signup details for alternative examinations

The registration for the alternative final examination during the semester is done via the examination administration system (thoska) outside the central examination registration period. The earliest registration is generally possible approx. 2-3 weeks after the start of the semester. The latest time for registering or deregistering from this specific final performance is set to the (if not specified, this will appear shortly):

  • signup begins: 05.11.2021
  • signup ends: 12.11.2021
  • resignation not after: 12.11.2021

last modification of this information: 15.10.2021


To obtain the actual deadlines for this course, plaese navigate to the course details in the degree program.
maximum number of participants
Details in degree program Master International Business Economics 2021, Master Medienwirtschaft 2021
module nameIntercultural Communication
examination number2500559
credit points5
on-campus program (h)45
self-study (h)105
obligationelective module
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate

To successfully complete the course the following requirements have to be fulfilled:

  • Active participation and mandatory reading
  • quiz

project presentation

alternative examination performance due to COVID-19 regulations incl. technical requirements
signup details for alternative examinations

The registration for the alternative final examination during the semester is done via the examination administration system (thoska) outside the central examination registration period. The earliest registration is generally possible approx. 2-3 weeks after the start of the semester. The latest time for registering or deregistering from this specific final performance is set to the (if not specified, this will appear shortly):

  • signup begins: 05.11.2021
  • signup ends: 12.11.2021
  • resignation not after: 12.11.2021

last modification of this information: 15.10.2021


To obtain the actual deadlines for this course, plaese navigate to the course details in the degree program.
maximum number of participants
Details in degree program Master Media and Communication Science 2021
module nameIntercultural Communication
examination number2500559
credit points5
on-campus program (h)22
self-study (h)128
obligationobligatory module
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate

To successfully complete the course the following requirements have to be fulfilled:

  • Active participation and mandatory reading
  • quiz

project presentation

alternative examination performance due to COVID-19 regulations incl. technical requirements
signup details for alternative examinations

The registration for the alternative final examination during the semester is done via the examination administration system (thoska) outside the central examination registration period. The earliest registration is generally possible approx. 2-3 weeks after the start of the semester. The latest time for registering or deregistering from this specific final performance is set to the (if not specified, this will appear shortly):

  • signup begins: 05.11.2021
  • signup ends: 12.11.2021
  • resignation not after: 12.11.2021

last modification of this information: 15.10.2021


To obtain the actual deadlines for this course, plaese navigate to the course details in the degree program.
maximum number of participants