Intercultural Communication - LING5480

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Eleni Kapogianni checkmark-circle


This module introduces interdisciplinary approaches (relevant disciplines: linguistics, anthropology, sociology, philosophy) to the notion of "culture" and “intercultural communication”, with a special focus on concepts and methodologies from the areas of Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis. It covers phenomena such as indexicality, (im)politeness, humour, non-literal language, miscommunication, while also discussing a range of discourse contexts (classroom, business, media).


Contact hours

Private Study: 130
Contact Hours: 20
Total: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
· Field Notes – 35%
· Case Study (1,500 words) – 65%

Reassessment methods
· 100% coursework (Case Study: 2,500 words)

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of central concepts in Pragmatics, recognising different theoretical frameworks within the discipline;Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the interdisciplinary field of intercultural communication, with special focus on relevant concepts in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis;
2 Recognise and evaluate different methodological processes that are used to answer questions regarding intercultural communication;
3 Identify the challenges and potential biases in the study of intercultural communication, critically reflecting upon the related discourses;
4 Carry out an analysis of real-life data in order to answer questions regarding intercultural communication.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate critical reading skills, confidently dealing with primary sources;
2 Demonstrate advanced analytical skills, by handling real-life data;
3 Show an understanding of fieldwork techniques and practices;
4 Demonstrate sophisticated communication skills in group-work and collaborative problem-solving;
5 Show a critical understanding of intercultural communication skills, through a raised awareness on the challenges of communication across different cultures and in different discourse settings.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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