Intercultural Communication & Acculturation
This course is an introduction to intercultural communication, the study of how people from different cultures communicate and understand each other. The course focuses on teaching students how to interact and communicate effectively with people from different global cultures. Students will learn how to adapt and thrive in unfamiliar cultures and gain a practical and academic understanding of different cultures. The course helps students to improve their intercultural contact, appreciate cultural and individual differences, adapt to unfamiliar situations and communicate with empathy, integrity and confidence.
We explore cultures through research from Japan and a wide range of countries, emphasising the idea of 'global citizenship'. The course recognises that we are shaped not only by Japan, but by our interactions with the world. In the future, whether we live abroad or not, we will have more interactions with non-Japanese, and this course aims to prepare students to be effective in these interactions.
Using relevant theories and methods, students will understand intercultural communication and acculturation in a range of scenarios commonly experienced by Japanese people. The course uses a wide range of primary source materials and case studies in English to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the subject.
This course is ideal for students who wish to travel or live abroad, communicate with non-Japanese, work as teachers of English or Japanese, or work in the hospitality industry. It is good preparation for those who wish to become global citizens with the ability to navigate and communicate effectively in different cultures.