Global Cultures of Business - LANG4002

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Lucy O'Meara checkmark-circle

Overview

This module introduces students to intercultural communication. It aims to empower them to understand the broader historical geopolitical, economic and cultural relations between nations which shape the contemporary context of globalised business. Through engagement with key theories from Modern Languages and cultural studies, students gain a critical understanding of how nations, businesses and individuals communicate across geographic, linguistic, cultural and digital divides. By analysing case studies from contexts such as Europe, Latin America and Francophone Africa, students will develop the intercultural awareness needed in global markets and the skills required to communicate effectively in multicultural business environments.

Details

Contact hours

Private Study: 130
Contact Hours: 20
Total: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Written assignment (1,000 word equivalent) 35%
Essay (2,000 words) 65%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework (2,000 words essay)

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages: https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html

Indicative Reading List

Anderson, Benedict (2006) Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism [revised edition]. London: Verso.
Hofstede, Geert H., et al (2010). Cultures and Organizations: Software of the mind: Intercultural cooperation and its importance for survival [3rd ed]. London: McGraw Hill.
Holliday, Adrian, Martin Hyde and John Kullman (2021) Intercultural Communication: An Advanced Resource Book for Students [4th ed.]. London/New York: Routledge
Steger, Manfred B. (2020) Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Urry, John (2012) Mobilities. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of theoretical approaches drawn from Modern Languages and cultural studies (including national identity, globalisation, coloniality, hybridity and acculturation)
2 Apply these theories in analysis of textual and visual materials relating to a broad range of nations, cultures and businesses
3 Demonstrate inter-cultural awareness
4 Demonstrate understanding of how nations, businesses and individuals communicate across geographic, linguistic, cultural and digital divides
5 Demonstrate awareness of the broader historical, geo-political, economic and cultural relations between nations which shape the contemporary context of global business.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Analyse primary materials as appropriate, using up-to-date theoretical frameworks and relating works to the relevant socio-historical context
2 Use a range of established techniques to carry out independent analysis and research on cultural products and present their findings
3 Demonstrate critical thinking skills
4 Undertake independent research in the library, using appropriate academic databases online
5 Synthesise and evaluate information from a number of sources, deploying key techniques from the discipline.

Notes

  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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