General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Theories Of Intercultural Communication - Spring Semester
Language EN
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Andrzej Zaporowski
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 30


Wednesday, 11:30 - 13:00

Room I, Building A/B, 89 Szamarzewskiego Str.

Module aim (aims)

The aims of the course are to acquire: (1) knowledge of the theoretical approaches to intercultural communication; (2) skills of critical analysis of the theoretical approaches to intercultural communication; (3) social competence of orientation within multicultural realm.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Good command of English


Week 1: Introduction: Presentation of the course contents, aims and requirements Week 2: Intercultural Communication and Language. Analysis: D. Davidson Week 3: Intercultural Communication and Language. Discussion: D. Davidson Week 4: Intercultural Communication and Culture. Analysis: C. Geertz Week 5: Intercultural Communication and Culture. Discussion: C. Geertz Week 6: Culture is Communication. Analysis: E.T. Hall Week 7: Culture is Communication. Discussion: E.T. Hall Week 8: If We Do Not Share One Culture. Analysis: W.B. Gudykunst Week 9: If We Do Not Share One Culture. Discussion: W.B. Gudykunst Week 10: Will We Change? Analysis: Y.Y. Kim, B.D. Ruben Week 11: Will We Change? Discussion: Y.Y. Kim, B.D. Ruben Week 12: Synthetic Cultures. Analysis: G.J. Hofstede, P.B. Pedersen, G. HofstedeWeek 13: Synthetic Cultures. Discussion: G.J. Hofstede, P.B. Pedersen, G. Hofstede. Week 14: Communication and Tension Week 15: Conclusion

Reading list

D. Davidson, The Second Person, in: Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective, p. 107-121.

C. Geertz, The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man, in: The Interpretation of Cultures, p. 33-54.

E. Hall, The Power of Hidden Differences, in: Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication, M. Bennett (Ed.), p. 53-67.

W. Gudykunst, Uncertainty and Anxiety, in: Theories in Intercultural Communication, Y. Kim, W. Gudykunst (Eds.), p. 123-156. 

Y. Kim, B. Ruben, Intercultural Transformation: A System Theory, in: Y. Kim, W. Gudykunst (Eds.), p. 299-321.

G. Hofstede et al., Exploring Culture, p. 91-113.