Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

COMU1213 - Intercultural communication


Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Teaching assistant :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , second term, 30 hours of theory.

Timetable :
Second term
Thursday from 10:45 to 12:45 at 119 Marais 2300

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
1) To become familiar with the various constitutive elements that underpin a nation-specific culture
2) To reflect critically on the role that culture plays in shaping behaviors, norms and values
3) To understand the implications of cultural relativism and multiculturalism in a given society
4) To appreciate how cultural dimensions impact on the prevailing communication style

Prerequisites :

Co-requisites :
For the Bachelor in Information and Communication :

For the Bachelor in Political Sciences: General :

For the Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology :

Course contents :
The course allows students to become familiar with the notion of cultural dimensions and factors as conceptualized by major figures in the intercultural field such as Geert Hofstede, Edward T. Hall, Fons Trompenaars and Richard Lewis and how these in turn powerfully affect norms and values.
This will help participants more fully appreciate how challenging it can be to deal with sensitive issues such as identity, stereotyping or assimilation vs. integration.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Ex-cathedra presentations and lectures followed by in-class exercises and discussions that are specifically geared to enhance interactivity.
Attendance and active participation is highly recommended on account of the linear, step by step approach that the course relies upon and which is meant to help students complete their major assignment.
Students who are unable to attend should find out what has been covered in class, need to refer to the textbook which serves as an unofficial plank for the entire course. Students are expected to read a chapter a week.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Two major assignments will determine the final grade: a10 to 12 page (3000 words minimum) report and a final exam which will cover the material studied throughout the semester.

Recommended or required reading :
Required reading: Culture and Organizations : Software of the Mind by Geert Hofstede (McGraw Hill, 3rd edition, 2010)
Recommended reading: Riding the Waves of Culture by Fons Trompenaars

Other information :
Students are expected to take copious notes during the lectures.