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BSRS9835 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 5 ECTS
Organised by
Baltic Sea Region Studies
Person in charge
Minghui Gao, MA, Department of Sociology, University of Turku

General description

Three main scientific fields will be called upon: discourse analysis, the general field of intercultural communication and anthropology/sociology of postmodernity (or how we “communicate in cultures"). The lecturers will discuss case studies of specific intercultural contexts of interest to the students on the BSRS programme. Students will also discuss and analyse perceptions of cultures/identities in groups.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the students will be able to delineate various approaches to intercultural communication and their impact on research methods. They will also be able to apply basic tools for analysing recorded situations of interculturality. Finally, the course will help them to reflect on ethical issues related to intercultural encounters especially in the Baltic Sea area.


The course focuses on intercultural awareness with an emphasis on Nordic/Baltic relations. This course aims at:
1.Defining basic terms that are usually referred to when dealing with intercultural communication: culture, identity, communication, intercultural communication, and intercultural competences;
2. Presenting three scientific approaches to intercultural communication;
3. Helping students to develop tools to analyse situations of communication where national cultures and identities are used as a discursive strategy through the study of various contexts of intercultural encounters: physical and virtual mobilities, foreign language use, business and education;
4. Reflecting on intercultural competences.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 22 h 0 h

twice a week in the spring semester

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English

lectures, in-class exercises

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
compulsory attendance of 75%, an individual essay consists in analysing an example of intercultural encounter in the Baltic Sea region, AND an individual presentation based on the essay

Study materials

Abdallah-Pretceille , M. (2006). Interculturalism as a paradigm for thinking about diversity. Intercultural Education. 17:5, 475 – 483.

Bauman, Z. (2004). Identity. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Dahl Ø, Jensen I. and P. Nynäs (red.) (2006). Bridges of Understanding. Perspectives on Intercultural Communication. Unipub.

Dervin, F. & Gao, M. (2012). Constructing a fairy tale around intercultural couplehood on Chinese television. Language and Intercultural Communication. Vol. 12, No. 1. 6-23.

Dervin, F. (2010). Assessing intercultural competence in Language Learning and Teaching: a critical review of current efforts. In: Dervin, F. & E. Suomela-Salmi (eds.). New approaches to assessment in higher education. Bern: Peter lang. (2010). pp. 155-172.

Dervin, F. (2011). Cultural identity, representation and Othering. In Jackson, J. (ed.). Routledge Handbook of Intercultural Communication. London: Sage.

Dervin, F. (2011). A plea for change in research on intercultural discourses: A ‘liquid’ approach to the study of the acculturation of Chinese students. Journal of Multicultural Discourses. Vol. 6, No. 1, 37-52

Hannerz, U. (1999). Reflections on varieties of culturespeak. European Journal of Cultural Studies. Vol. 2. No. 3, 393-407.

Holliday, A. (2010). Intercultural Communication and Ideology. London: Sage.

Sen, A. (2006). Identity and Violence. The illusion of destiny. New Delhi: Penguin.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Humanities
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Humanities
Studies at the Faculty of Humanities
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Finnish Study Modules
Postgraduate Degrees, hum