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LISS1051 Intercultural Encounters: Skills and Concepts

10 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Corinne Painter

Taught: 1 Jul to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

GPA of 2.8 (US) or equivalent and enrolled at a university

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Intercultural skills and awareness are essential in our increasingly globalised lives. This module will introduce key issues and concepts in intercultural studies. You’ll examine these issues from cultural, historical, political, and theoretical perspectives. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your intercultural skills. The module explores intercultural practices in digital environments. In particular, you’ll consider issues of power, creativity and manipulation. Some of the key questions the module addresses include: - How can ‘culture’ and the ‘intercultural’ be problematic concepts? - How has the field of intercultural communication developed historically? - What is ‘nation branding’ and what is soft power? You’ll also learn research techniques in intercultural studies. You’ll begin to reflect on intercultural encounters from your own experience. This module usually includes a walking tour of ‘Little Germany’ in Bradford. During the field trip you’ll examine the city’s multicultural past and present.


This module is a critical introduction to some key concepts of Intercultural Studies. It uses cultural, historical, political, and theoretical perspectives. Students will be able to put these key concepts into practice and analyse their own intercultural experiences.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students will:

1. Have a critical understanding of 'culture' and the 'intercultural' and the development of Intercultural Studies

2. Be able to discuss coherently, knowledgeably, and critically a selection of key issues in Intercultural Studies and how they affect the contemporary world

3. Understand how conflict and miscommunication can arise and how they can be managed

4. Reflect critically on their own intercultural experiences


Indicative syllabus:

This module will provide an overview of the history and development of intercultural communication and it will problematise the definitions of ‘culture’ and ‘intercultural’. It will introduce key concepts from Intercultural Studies including Soft Power, Nation Branding, Identity, and Mobility. Students will also learn about some of the methodological approaches from the discipline.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours43.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

15 hours pre-course preparatory work (materials available on Minerva): This will include reading assigned academic texts and preparing for in class discussions

43 hours private study: this will include reading academic texts to discuss in class, preparing for the in-class presentation, and writing a reflective log.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through:

Answering formative in-class quizzes
Feedback on the draft presentation plan and presentation materials

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation20 minute group presentation in class40.00
Reflective log750 words60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The presentation is group-assessed i.e., students will receive a group mark.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/04/2022


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