Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse. Admission procedures for foreign applicants, please read: https://en.uit.no/education/art?p_document_id=351800
Admission code: 9199
The focus of this course is on foundational and contemporary concepts, practices, and processes of intercultural communication, as well as methods of critical intercultural analysis. Students will learn intercultural communication theories and engage in critical assessment of and application of these theories with the explicit goal of addressing issues of social justice and ethical self-reflective intercultural practices. The course will particularly discuss intercultural issues in light of a Northern context, where indigenous and national minority cultures are important.
Drawing from historical, social scientific, humanistic and critical perspectives, the course addresses topics ranging from the contested nature of culture and cultural definition; representations of cultures and identities in public discourse; diversity, privilege and power as part of intercultural communication; globalization and modern technological influences in intercultural practices; and the relationship between language, power, and culture. Indigenous and minority culture elements will be central to all topics in the course.
This course will not only acquaint you with theories and research in the area of intercultural communication, but also help you apply the knowledge in order to contribute to the development of ethical, diverse, and more sustainable societies, especially as relevant to nature and culture based tourism and in a context where indigenous and minority cultures play such a central role. You will engage in self-reflection to better understand communication between people from different backgrounds, and in order to increase awareness of how our cultures impact us and our communicative practices.
This course is taught in weekly lectures and seminars.
Topics will be addressed throug readings, examles from contemporary culture, reflexive assignments, research activities, class discussions, and in-class activities.
All courses will be evaluated in accordance with the UiT quality system.