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XICP0200 Intercultural Communication Programme (ICP) (25 ECTS)

Programme Aim

In a globalizing world, communication between people of different cultural background is more and more common. Unfortunately, such intercultural communication is hardly ever without problems. Misunderstandings, misinterpretations, prejudice and conflict occur frequently. The purpose of the Intercultural Communication Programme (ICP) is to create an understanding of cultural differences: why do they exist, how they can be classified and understood, how do they affect communication, and how can we deal with them successfully?

Next to courses in different aspects of intercultural communication, courses widening or deepening participants’ knowledge of cultural variety may be included. Such courses are divided into actual courses in current culture, and in courses of any subject with an international, cross-cultural or intercultural focus.

The ICP is suitable for Finnish and exchange students alike. Participants do not have to complete the entire programme, but are free to choose individual courses according to their own interests. However, participation in the introductory course is highly recommended to anyone interested in the subject of intercultural communication.

Programme Structure

The ICP consists of four modules:

1. Intercultural Communication: Theories and their Application, 13-25 ECTS
2. Intercultural Communication: Case Studies, 0-12 ECTS
3. Culture Studies, 0-6 ECTS
4. International Studies, 0-6 ECTS

Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 serve as headlines, under which a variety of courses may be included in the ICP (see details below). Module 1 covers theories and their application in intercultural communication. Module 2 covers case studies in intercultural communication. Module 3 covers courses in current culture. Module 4 covers courses in other fields of study (other subjects) which can be argued to enhance understanding of cultural variety throughout the world. Examples include courses in International Relations, International Politics, International Media Education, and etc.

Programme Language

All courses on intercultural communication are taught in English. However, some of the culture courses organized by the Language Centre may require language skills in other languages.

The ICP courses are not recommended for first year students. Please note that the complete ICP (25 ECTS) will take at least one academic year to complete. Please register for the courses through WebOodi.

Programme Coordination

The programme coordinator is: 
Senior Lecturer Jörn Severidt
Language Centre
Tel. +358 (0) 40 484-4445
Jorn.Severidt(at)ulapland.fi 


Detailed programme description

XICP0200 Intercultural Communication Programme (ICP) (25 ECTS)

The ICP consists of four modules:

Module 1: XICP0201 Intercultural Communication: Theories and their Application, 13-25 ECTS   

XICP0211 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 5 ECTS
XICP0212 Reflections on Intercultural Communication 4 ECTS
XICP0213 Dimensions of Intercultural Communication 4 ECTS

Additional courses might be offered depending on the availability of teachers. Please check WebOodi for available courses.

Other, similar courses may be included under XICP0201 Intercultural Communication: Theories and their Application.

Module 2: XICP0202 Intercultural Communication: Case Studies, 0-12 ECTS

The following courses are organized by the Language Centre and may be included in the ICP:

XICP0221 Understanding Germany 2 ECTS
XICP0222 Understanding Austria 2 ECTS
XICP0223 Understanding Switzerland 2 ECTS
XICP0224 Understanding Finland 2 ECTS

Additional courses might be offered depending on the availability of teachers. Please check WebOodi for available courses. The Teach and Learn courses (2 ECTS) may also be included in this module.

Other, similar courses may be included under XICP0202 Intercultural Communication: Case Studies.

Module 3: XICP0203 Culture Studies, 0-6 ECTS

The following courses are organized by the Language Centre and may be included in the ICP:

XENG0202 USA: Society and Culture 3 ECTS
XENG0203 Britain: Society and Culture 3 ECTS
XENG0210 Australia: Society and Culture 3 ECTS
XVEN0225 Venäjän kulttuuri ja maantuntemus 5 op (taught in Finnish!)
XFIN0229 Suomalainen elämäntapa, taide ja kulttuuri 2 op (taught in Finnish!)
XFIN0230 Finnish Culture 3 ECTS
XITA0007 Understanding Italy 3 ECTS
XKII0007 Understanding China 3 ECTS

Additional courses might be offered depending on the availability of teachers. Please check WebOodi for available courses.

Other, similar courses may be included under XICP0203 Culture Studies.

Module 4: XICP0204 International Studies, 0-6 ECTS

Examples for courses which may be included under this header are:

Faculty of Art and Design:
UART1103 Art and Visual Culture in the North 3 ECTS

Faculty of Education:
WSTU1514 Gender in the North 5 ECTS
GKAS3311 The Phenomenon of Globalization 4 ECTS
GKAS3321 World Citizenship and Identity 4 ECTS

Faculty of Law:

OLAW1903 Introduction to Russian Law 5 ECTS
OLAW2003 Arctic Law and Governance 2–5 ECTS

Faculty of Social Sciences:
UKUL1110  Introduction to Northern Cultural History 4 ECTS
SSOS0209 Global Issues in Social Work 2–7 ECTS
YMAT1211 Cultural and Social Studies of Tourism 5 ECTS
ASPB1101 Introduction to the Arctic 5 ECTS
ASPB1104 Peoples, Culture and Identities of the Arctic 5 ECTS
SOPT 1191 Introduction to Political Studies 5 ECTS (2,5 ECTS in English)

Other, similar courses may be included under XICP0204 International Studies.