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ET908 - Understanding Culture

  • Module code: ET908
  • Module name: Understanding Culture
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

While the idea of culture can seem relatively straightforward, how we understand it has become quite a contested area in the study of intercultural communication. This module will give you a better understanding of the idea of culture. In particular, you will be introduced to a range of conceptualisations of ‘culture’ which have been developed in different disciplinary areas. In this way, the module will enable you to gain a critical perspective on the views of culture so you can better understand your experience of communicating interculturally in everyday life and in the workplace.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of: multidisciplinary conceptualisations of culture, cultural (emic) perspectives on cultural groups, cross-cultural (etic) perspectives on values, beliefs and behaviour, and representation of culture.

Timetabled teaching activities

15 hours in Term 1, made up of interactive lectures/seminars

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/al/study/msc/mscprogramme/mac_icbp_core_modules/

Other essential notes

15 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ET908-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word assignment (from 13/14) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (X9PJ) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (X9PJ) - Year 3
  • Postgraduate Taught Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (X9PJ) - Year 4
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (X9PM) - Year 2
Optional
  • Postgraduate Social Science Research (L98A) - Year 1