Minor Intercultural Communication

Are you working in international projects or in intercultural groups? In our English minor Intercultural communication you will learn how to achieve a successful cooperation in these situations.

Why this minor?

We live in a time of increasing globalization, migration and urbanization, which leads to a society characterized by growing diversity in a social and professional context. This offers opportunities and dynamic development, but this may also lead to anxiety, misunderstandings and xenophobia. How to handle these aspects of modern living and employ them to identify opportunities without being blind for threats?

In this minor you will learn to take a proactive and self-reflective role and develop professional relationships in a foreign or multicultural context in your professional career at home and abroad. The minor has a value of fifteen European Credits (15 ECs).

Learning objectives

You will study practice and theory of cultural awareness, group differences and similarities, and apply this awareness in intercultural communication between people with diverse backgrounds. By successfully finishing this minor you will acquire insights and competence to

  • be aware of your own cultural preferences and bias;
  • analyse cultural differences and similarities in international and/or multicultural target groups;
  • perform successfully and effectively on a national and international level in both study and profession.

This includes developing a motivated behaviour repertoire and acquiring commitment with relevant stakeholders. The programme is based on current insights and developments and links fundamental knowledge of models and theories to relevant research and effective behaviour in practice.

Assessment

The assessment consists of four mandatory parts: a theory test, a topical essay, an advice report based on the students' research at the (traineeship) workplace and a presentation integrating 1 and 2.

Timetable

The programme consists of:

Part 1: Theory study and classes
  • Six study meetings on Wednesdays from 8.45 to 16.45 hrs with lectures, workshops and guest lectures
  • Assessment: essay and theoretical examination 
Part 2: Research at the (traineeship) workplace 
  •  Practical research at the (traineeship) workplace (12 weeks). During this period the students will be in touch with their coach online
  • Assessment: Advice report, proof of commitment at trainee post, colloquium with presentation and portfolio

The study load takes about twenty hours a week.


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