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   Course Title    International Cultural Communication
Lecturer    Lyudmyla Smolska
Institution    University of Ostroh Academy
Country    Ukraine


1. AIM OF THE COURSE

The topic the course deals both with the common views on the international relations and the special ones. This course introduces different features of international cultural communication to the students.

Nonstate actors, mass media, Internet, psycholinguistic aspects of communication between different cultural groups, between and above states are main points which make understanding of the global world process more effective. Special emphasis is made on the self and mediated communication, self and face-to-face communication.

The aim of the course is also to analyze the links between culture and discourse systems.

We consider that in order to do well, students have to:

  • Attend classes regularly
  • Read all assigned and some suggested readings before group discussions;
  • Take active part in the classroom discussions
  • Offer well-considered and informative classroom presentations, and written works;
  • Submit all work in time, and follow the assignments precisely and carefully.

2. ROLE OF THE COURSE IN THE OVERALL DEGREE CURRICULM

The course International Cultural Communication is being taught by the Faculty of Cultural Studies. The faculty members consider the world intercultural movement development process to be one of the major ones. The course prepares the students for working in the outer intercultural, international space.

3. METHODS USED

We use lectures, discussions, computer work, case studies, and games for training to learn. We model various situations in communication between intercultural contacts not only to know them well and recognize in future work, but to make sure that such kinds of situations can be and should be under the professional control and responsibility.

So our pedagogic methods are chosen in accordance to theoretical and practical levels that are required in global modern society.

4. COURSE CONTENT

Week 1. The Evolution of International Relations

  • International relations: what do they depend on
  • Globalization and the "production" of international relations

Ian Clark Globalization and International Relations. Theory, Oxford, 1999, 1-12

Frederic S. Pearson; J. Martin Rochester International Relations. The Global Condition in the Late Twentieth Century /third edition, 1992

The Value of Liberalism in the World Culture

  • Liberalism and freedom
  • Values and the self: Deriving identity from "Belonging", "Being", "Becoming"
  • Liberal values: substantive or procedural?
  • Are there "Ethics" of liberalism

Zdenek Suda and Jiri Musil The Meaning of Liberalism East and West: CEU Press, 2000

Week 2. International Organizations: Links between Government and between People

  • A typology of international organizations.
  • Socio-geographical scope
  • Leaders and membership in international organizations
  • Transnational relations through international organizations

Frederic S. Pearson; J. Martin Rochester International Relations: The Global Conditions in the Twentieth Century – Third Editions, 1992 – 339-378

Werner J. Feld and Roberts Jordan, International Organizations: A Comparative Approach, Inded. New-York: Praeger, 1988

Richard A. Falk and Saul H. Mendlivitz, eds., Regional Politics and World Order. – San Francesco: W.H.Freeman, 1973

Weeks 3-4. Intercultural Communications

  • How do we define "Culture"?
  • Culture and discourse system (ideology, face system, forms of discourse, socialization)
  • Cultural ideology and stereotyping
  • Language of intercultural communication
  • Topic and face
  • Corporate culture (ideology, socialization, forms of discourse, face systems, the size and scope of corporate discourse systems)

Ron Scollon; Suzanne Wong Scollon. Intercultural Communication Blackwell: Oxford UK and Cambridge USA, 1999 – 125-161, 1-47, 167-192

Weeks 5-6. The Self and Mediated Communication

  • The self in cultural context
  • Modernity (postmodernism) and mediated experience
  • Television audiences: view from the both sides of the screen
  • The talk show literature
  • Public responses
  • Personal changes
  • Body in the net
  • The coming of cyberspace time

Grodin D. Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 1991 – 404-420

Grodin D., T.R. Lindlof. The self and Mediated Communication – pp. 3-11.

Priest P.J. Public intimacies: Talk show participants and tell-all TV Cresskill, NJ: Hampton

White M. Tell –advising: therapeutic discourse in America television. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1992

Cliffird J. Traveling cultures. In L.Grossberg, C. Nelson, L.P. Cultural Studies (pp 96-116) New-York: Routledge

Biling M. Arguing and thinking . London Cambridge University Press, 1987

Bruner J.Acts of meaning Cambridge, MA: Mariard University Press

Fiske J. Understanding popular cultural London Unwin Hyman, 1989

Ro Shields Cultures of Internet – SAGE publications, 1998 – 58-70; 75-85; 120-123

Week 7. Toward the XXI Century: Onward and Upward

  • Intercultural relations perspective
  • Discourse systems and the individual
  • Intersystem communication and human development

Frederic S. Pearson; J. Martin Rochester International Relations: The Global Conditions in the Twentieth Century – Third Editions, pp.572-573

Ron Scollon; Suzanne Wong Scollon. Intercultural Communication Blackwell: Oxford UK and Cambridge USA, 1999.-245-252

Colin V. Human Attachment – New York, 1996

Kurtines W. The Role of Values in Psychology and Human Development. – New York, 1992

Vander Lander J. Human Development. – New York, 1995

  1. Zdenek Suda , Jiri Musil The Meaning of Liberalism East and West: CEU Press, 2000
  2. Ian Clark Globalization and International Relations. Theory, Oxford, 1999, 1-12
  3. K.J. Gilhody Thinkingacademic Press, 1997
  4. Rob Shields Culture of Internet – Sage Publication, 1998
  5. Daniel Josnoski Introduction to Japanese Culture. – Printed in Singapore, 1996
  6. Robert Ornstein The Psychology of Consciousness – Penguin Arkana, 1986
  7. Daved Crystal Language Play. – Penguin books, 1998
  8. Ron Scollon, Suzanne WONY Scollon Intercultural Communication. – Blackweld Oxford, 1999
  9. Hippocreme Compact Dictionare/ Ukrainian- English English-Ukrainian . – New York, 1996

5. READING

Mandatory and recommended reading is presented in the end of every week of study.


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