Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

ALC8010 : Culture, Interculturality and Identity

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

- To provide an overview of culture, interculturality and identity

- To develop an understanding of the issues surrounding culture, interculturality and identity

- To develop an appreciation of the ways different researchers have carried out studies of culture, interculturality and identity

- To develop an understanding of the different ways culture, interculturality and identity are manifested in our daily lives

-To develop an appreciation of how language is a core issue in culture, interculturality and identity

Lectures will be underpinned by the idea that culture, interculturality and identity are ubiquitous constructs that are integrally tied to the various contextual instantiations that represent our lives. This includes, but is not limited to, speaking in a foreign language, discussing politics amongst friends, eating, grooming, shopping, and dinner time conversations. A number of concepts will be introduced to help students critically evaluate the Hofestedian idea that national or regional groupings are accurate representations of any given society.

Outline Of Syllabus

-Notions of culture, interculturality and identity
-Approaches to culture
-How cultures ‘interact’
-Knowing cultures
-The culture of cross-cultural communication
-Identity and culture
-Hofstede and cross cultural communication
-Intercultural competences

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture38:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision23:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1130:00130:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will focus on the module’s major themes, and will, at all times, deconstruct and problematize essentialist, static and ‘modern’ notions of ‘culture’, ‘cross-culture’ and ‘identity’. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss, in small groups, themes raised in lectures and readings. Group activities will also provide the basis for class discussion and debate.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M100About 4500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This assignment will enable students to critically evaluate the literature, select and justify a methodology to investigate and discuss the themes central to the interplay of culture, interculturality and identity.

Reading Lists

Timetable