Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students demonstrate knowledge of
major approaches to and recent research into intercultural communication
such key notions as culture, language and identity and how their different conceptualizations may impact research and practice
the effects of the global operating environment with its multilingual and multicultural challenges on communication practice

Students demonstrate skills in
analysing corporate situations with a combination of communicative, cultural, and managerial perspectives
addressing cultural diversity and multilingualism in both corporate and interpersonal communication
culturally intelligent attitude and behavior

Credits: 6

Schedule: 25.02.2020 - 31.03.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Anne Kankaanranta

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anne Kankaanranta

Contact information for the course (valid 15.01.2020-21.12.2112):

anne.kankaanranta@aalto.fi

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English

CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD

Content
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course focuses on the effects of the global operating environment on communication practice in general and multilingual and multicultural challenges in particular.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assignments 100%

  • Applies in this implementation:


    Assignments

    % of

    final grade

    Deadline

    Details

    Contribution in class

    15

     

    Course work (A-C), readings and contribution in class/group
    discussions

    Assignment 1

    15

    Mon 2 March

    PowerPoint paper on research paradigms & practice

    Assignment 2   

    20

    Mon 16 March

    Three reaction papers

    Assignment 3  

    20

    Tue 31 March

    Book review & poster presentation

    Take-home exam

    30

    6 April (exam open since 1 April)

    All course material

     

    Assignment 3 is group work, all others individual.


Workload
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching  24h
    Individual and team work 136h

DETAILS

Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Indicated or provided by the instructor.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    No substitutes.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

FURTHER INFORMATION

Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Date

    Topics

    Readings

    Deadlines

    25 Feb

    Mandatory attendance

    Approaches to Intercultural communication

    Coursework A: ‘Culture’ in your discipline

    Mon 2 March

    -

     -

    Assignment 1 (15%)
      

    3 March

    Language and multilingualism in global business

    Discussion on Assignment 1

    Logemann & Piekkari (2015)

    Kankaanranta et al. (2018)


    10 March

    ’Cultural identity’

    Dr Toni-Matti Karjalainen, Academy

    Research Fellow, Aalto BIZ
    https://people.aalto.fi/toni-matti.karjalainen

    Heavy metal music and Finnish identity

    Discussion of Coursework B

    Karjalainen (2018)

    Coursework B: Description of critical incident

    Mon 16 March

    -

     -

    Assignment 2  (20%)

    17 March

     

    Intercultural rhetoric, incl. ‘politeness’, in intercultural
    encounters

    Mauranen (2000)

    Ly (2016)

     

    24 March

    Working in a diverse and multilingual environment

    Feedback on Assignment 2

    Ms Nina Eklund, Director, Corporate Communications & Brand, Vaisala,
    @eklundnina, https://www.vaisala.com/en

    Managing a multinational
    organization’s communications

    Aritz & Walker (2014)

    Klitmøller & Lauring (2013)

     

     

    Fri 27 March

     -

     -

    Coursework C: Executive summary

    31 March

    Poster session

    Wrap-up of the course

     

    Assignment 3 (20%)

    1-6 April

     

    Take-home exam (30%)

    This is a draft schedule. Some of the readings may change a little and we may have one more visitor
    in class.