General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Theories of Intercultural Communication
Language EN
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Andrzej Zaporowski
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30


Wednesday, 11:30-13:00, 89 Szamarzewskiego Str., Building D, Room 307.

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.