2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MODL3150 Intercultural Communication and Global Citizenship: A Critical Approach for the Horizon Year Abroad
20 creditsClass Size: 40
Module manager: Alison Leslie
Taught: 1 Jun to 30 Sep View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module will take a critical approach to intercultural communication and global citizenship to develop your overall knowledge, skills, attitude and awareness in preparation for the Horizon Year Abroad. You will explore how ideas of culture, intercultural communication and global citizenship are relevant to your specific year abroad destination, with the aim of expanding your knowledge and helping you to prepare and navigate extended periods of time outside your home country. This module is designed for and limited to students planning to embark on a Horizon Year Abroad programme.
ObjectivesThis module provides a critical introduction to intercultural communication and global citizenship for students who are enrolled on the Horizon Year Abroad. The module is designed to support students during their year abroad by encouraging an increased engagement with their new environment and critical and reflective consideration of their experiences living and studying abroad. On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and awareness to operate effectively as students on their year abroad while retaining an open and global outlook upon their return to Leeds .
In terms of specific knowledge outcomes, students joining this module will develop:
- a critical understanding of 'culture' and the 'intercultural'.
- an ability to distinguish between essentialist and non-essentialist discourses and representations of culture.
- an understanding of how the above concepts are often (mis)applied to mark differences which can be based on national stereotypes.
- an awareness of research focusing on 'cultural dimensions' such as time, space, action, communication and power and a critical faculty for evaluating these dimensions.
- an awareness of theories of acculturation including typical affective barriers that can arise when living in a new environment.
- an ability to analyse miscommunication or conflict, reflect critically on specific causes of miscommunication or conflict and suggest solutions.
- a support network which will enable students to make the most of their year abroad.
- an awareness of the complexity of global issues and how these relate to our lives.
- an ability to challenge what the students may see as injustice and inequality.
- an ability to critically evaluate information in the media, especially that which perpetuates myths regarding ‘the other’.
- an ability to make informed choices.
This module will help students to develop ethical awareness and social and cultural sensitivity. Additionally, specific language and intercultural skills will be developed as part of the module.
The module will be separated into two distinct teaching periods. The first is a 1 day 8 hour intensive pre-departure session which is held after the exam period (first week of June) where students will meet prior to their departure for their year abroad. This session will introduce the online digital content, the module assessment, the concept of interculturality and global citizenship and the importance of language preparation for the year abroad. The second teaching period will be supported by five online digital courses which students will access after the pre-departure session in early June. These lectures will give an introduction to the field of intercultural communication and introduce concepts such as ‘banal nationalism’ ‘essentialist discourses of culture’, ‘cultural dimensions’, ‘small cultures’, ‘identity’, ‘representation’, ‘otherisation’, ‘marginalisation’ and ‘acculturation’. The students’ will be encouraged to post comments on the ODL discussion platform as they progress through the courses.
Assessment will consist of a reflective log (1,250 words) which will be completed in semester one and will focus on the students’ acculturation process through the analysis of a student selected critical incident based on their experience abroad. In semester two, students will complete a project essay which focuses on an aspect of either global citizenship or interculturality and that challenges representations of their destination country as a homogenous single culture .
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||42.00|
|Private study hours||150.00|
|Total Contact hours||8.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyReading (approximately 40 hrs.); Reflective log preparation (approximately 18 hrs.); Essay preparation (approximately 22 hrs.) Engagement with aspects of destination country which will inform the work on the module (approximately 70 hrs.)
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFeedback will be provided for both the assessed assignments.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay or Dissertation||1,500 words||50.00|
|Reflective log||1,250 words||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 23/08/2022
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