Intercultural Communication and Research Methods (SVUEK_041)
The course aims to introduce students to aspects of cultural differences (principles, values, traditions, etc.) and to provide students with systematic knowledge of theoretical concepts of intercultural communication. Intercultural education essentially aims to integrate individuals into a dynamic and polymorphic world from the perspective of openness to different values.
The main objectives of the course are the following:
• developing students‘ intercultural communication competence;
• enhancing the efficiency of intercultural relations;
• increasing tolerance and acceptance towards those who are different;
• training students to make them perceive, accept and respect diversity to mediate social relations. Students develop the ability to change perspective and to see self-evident things and phenomena from external perspective.
General knowledge in Humanities.
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance of culture for individual's identity, the characteristic parameters of national cultures, criteria for the analysis and comparison of cultures, cross-cultural communication issues in many aspects.
Students will be able to analyse and reflect on their own culture, successfully develop intercultural contacts, to overcome prejudices and to identify the impact of stereotypes. They will be able to see and predict the impact of cultural factors on individuals, as well as to carry out mediation functions between own and "alien" culture – predict, explain and prevent misunderstandings in intercultural communication.
A variety of techniques and tasks help to develop students' intercultural competence. All three aspects of intercultural competence are being developed – cognitive, affective and pragmatic communicative competence – with relevant knowledge and skills.
The following abilities are to be developed:
• a better understanding of the situation of culture in modern societies;
• a greater ability to communicate with people from different cultures;
• attitudes better adapted to the context of different cultures and groups in a given society.