KICP1100 Intercultural Communication Program (ICP) (25 ECTS cr)


Program Aim

In a globalizing world, problems and misunderstandings rooted in cultural differences are increasing steadily. The purpose of the Intercultural Communication Program (ICP) is to introduce the main topics in the field of intercultural communication and to enable participants to analyse and understand culture related aspects of communication. At the same time, they are expected to widen and/or deepen their language and culture skills considerably.

The ICP is suitable for Finnish and exchange students alike. Participants do not have to complete the entire program, 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.

Program Structure 

The ICP consists of three modules:
1. A compulsory introduction to intercultural communication, 5 ECTS cr
2. Language and culture Studies, 8-12 ECTS cr
3. Applications of intercultural communication, 8-12 ECTS cr.

Modules 2 and 3 serve as headlines, under which a variety of courses may be included in the ICP (see details below). Module 2 covers courses in language and culture studies organized by the the Language Centre. Module 3 covers advanced courses in intercultural communication. Also, a number of courses from other fields of study (other subjects) may be included in the program, if the program coordinator decides they fit the profile. However, at least 9 ECTS must be actual studies in intercultural communication (including the introduction).

Program Language

All courses on intercultural communication are taught in English. However, many of the language and culture courses to be included in module 2 will require skills in the respective languages.

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

Coordination

The Program Coordinator is responsible for practical and academic implementation of the program, as well as literature exams and matters related to the academic content of the courses.

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

Detailed program description


KICP1100 Intercultural Communication Program (ICP) (25 ECTS cr)

The ICP consists of three modules:
1. A compulsory introduction to intercultural communication, 5 ECTS cr
2. Language and culture studies, 8-12 ECTS cr
3. Applications of intercultural communication, 8-12 ECTS cr.


Module 1: Compulsory introduction

KICP1101 Introduction to Intercultural Communication (5 ECTS cr)

Please note: This is the only compulsory course for students aiming to complete the entire program (25 ECTS credits). It is offered every fall term.


Module 2: Language and culture studies


KICP1102  Language and Culture Studies (8-12 ECTS cr)
KICP1201  Optional Language Courses 2-4 ECTS cr
KICP1202  Finnish for Foreigners 2-4 ECTS cr
KICP1203  Advanced Studies in English Language Use and Culture 2-6 ECTS cr
KICP1204  Advanced Studies in Russian Language Use and Culture 2-6 ECTS cr
KICP1205  Advanced Studies in French Language Use and Culture 2-6 ECTS cr 
KICP1206  Advanced Studies in German Language Use and Culture 2-6 ECTS cr
KICP1207  Alternative Courses 2-6 ECTS cr
       KICP1271  Polish Business Culture 1 ECTS cr
       KICP1273  European Work-Life Cultures in Comparison 3 ECTS cr
       KICP1274  Finnish Work-Life Culture 2 ECTS cr
       KICP1275  Turkish Culture from the Viewpoint of Intercultural Communication 1 ECTS cr

Please note: KICP1201-1207 are not actual course codes! You will not find any courses with these codes on WebOodi. These codes are used only to include ordinary language courses as part of the Intercultural Communication Progrem. Those courses have their own, different codes.
For example:
- Any ordinary language course on a beginners' level can be included under the code KICP1201.
- Any course in Finnish for Foreigners can be included under the code KICP1202.
- Any courses which are part of the Minor Subject Programs (25 ECTS cr.) in English, Russian or German can be registered under the respective codes KICP1203, 1204 and 1206. A Minor Subject Program in French does not exist at this moment but if you get these courses exempted they can be included in KICP1205.
- Codes KICP1271-1275  are actual course codes. The courses can be found on WebOodi under these codes. However, not all of these courses will be offered every year. Please see WebOodi for availability.
- Other courses with a focus on language and culture can also be included under KICP1207 Alternative Courses. Examples for such courses are XITA0007 Italian Culture, XESP0008 Spanish Culture, XVEN0009 Russian Culture Club, and similar courses.


Module 3: Applications of intercultural communication

KICP1103 Applications of Intercultural Communication (8-12 ECTS cr) 
KICP1301  Technologies and Intercultural Communication 3 ECTS cr
KICP1302  Reflections on Intercultural Communication 4 ECTS cr
KICP1303  Dimensions of Intercultural Communication 4 ECTS cr
KICP1304  Alternative Courses 1-7 ECTS cr
      KICP1341  Cross-Cultural Business Communication 2 ECTS cr  
      KICP1344  Linguistic Aspects of Intercultural Communication 1 ECTS cr
KICP1305  Media Studies 1-7 ECTS cr

Please note: Codes KICP1301-1303, 1341 and 1344 are actual course codes. The courses can be found on WebOodi under these codes. However, not all of these courses will be offered every year, please see WebOodi for availability. KICP1304 and 1305 are not course codes. Under these codes, other courses with a focus on international or cross-cultural relations can be included. Examples for such courses would be courses in international relations, world politics, international marketing, cross-cultural media design, etc.

If you are not sure whether specific courses can be included in the Intercultural Communication Program, please contact the responsible teacher: Jörn Severidt jorn.severidt(at)ulapland.fi