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Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication

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EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28 February 2020
NORMAL prices after February 2020.

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helsinki.fi/..-intercultural-communication 

Overview

Synopsis
The three main themes to be covered during the course are:

Intercultural Communication as a field of academic reflection – foundation to working in an intercultural context
This theme will cover the historical background, and the reasons for current interest in the phenomenon of intercultural communication. It will also give definitions and general features as well as the main research themes currently covered in Intercultural Communication. Key concepts in the field will be introduced, including ‘language’, ‘multilingualism’, ‘culture’, ‘communication’, ‘miscommunication’, ‘misunderstanding’, and others.

Intercultural Communication in social interaction – Intercultural Communication in the workplace
This theme will be introduced by means of specific case studies which illustrate communicative features that mark multilingual contexts, as well as the linguistic aspects of intercultural, multilingual phenomena and communicative practices in the following four domains:
- education, including choices of medium of instruction and how to integrate local (minority) languages, as well as global foreign languages such as English, French and Spanish.
- public health care, including attention to accommodating minority language speakers in treatment
- practising law, including courtroom communication
- economic activity and business communication, including intercultural negotiation practices.

Theoretical approaches to the study of Intercultural Communication phenomena and methods of research in Intercultural Communication
This theme will, in the course of looking at specific social contexts, introduce a number of theoretical approaches and the associated methodologies within the field. These will include the contrastive approach; the interlanguage approach; the interactive-intercultural approach; pragmatic approaches; sociolinguistic approaches; ethnographic approaches, (critical) discourse analysis; and linguistic analysis (e.g., structural features of code-switching and pragmatic features such as irony and truism).

Target students
This course is suitable for Bachelor’s and Master’s level students interested in interculturality. Ideal academic backgrounds include anthropology, social sciences, social psychology, psychology, postcolonial studies, linguistics, area and cultural studies, and communication.

Coordinators
saara.rautanen-uunila@helsinki.fi
You may contact the course coordinators with questions concerning the course content.

With any other questions concerning Helsinki Summer School or the application process, please contact summerschool@helsinki.fi.

Apply now! Summer 2020
Pre-deadline
Jun 15, 2020 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

If you need a visa, please apply 31st May the latest.

Application deadline
Jul 17, 2020 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

NB! The application deadline is 15 June 2020. However, the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until 17 July 2020.

Studies commence
Aug 4, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Summer 2020
Pre-deadline
Jun 15, 2020 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

If you need a visa, please apply 31st May the latest.

Application deadline
Jul 17, 2020 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

NB! The application deadline is 15 June 2020. However, the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until 17 July 2020.

Studies commence
Aug 4, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States