Introduction to Intercutural Communication, 5 cr (ÅA) Open university

31.3-1.4 + 14-15.4.2023

Friday at 17- 20, Saturday 10-16.30

Location: Borgå folkakademi, Runeberginkatu 16-18, Porvoo

Teacher: BPhil Elisabeth Glatz | Course language: English

Course fee: 75 € | Deadline for registrations: 17.3.2023.

Additionally: Open University | Students are charged a study fee of 50 €/term by the Centre for Lifelong Learning / Åbo Akademi. (If cancellation is made later than three weekdays before the course begins, an annulment fine of € 20.00 will be charged by CLL.) More info:

-> Fill in the registration form or contact nina.wackstrom(at) | +358 40 5687027

Course contents:

The course deals with how cultural situatedness affects our ways of interaction. It introduces basic concepts from the field of intercultural communication but also discusses various alternative perspectives on cultural differences and identities in relation to views on communication and interaction. The course also addresses issues about stereotypes and racism, and alternative ways of understanding and approaching human diversity, e.g. from an ethical perspective.

At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to

  • present and discuss concepts and theories of relevance for intercultural communication and encounters
  • recognize and analyze challenges, boundaries and possibilities for communication and cooperation in relation to intercultural encounters in various contexts
  • critically reflect on their own cultural situatedness and biases in relation to other

Course literature:

  1. Piller, I. (2011). Intercultural Communication: A Critical Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. E-book:
  2. Martin, Judith N. & Nakayama Thomas K. Intercultural communication in contexts.
    New York: McGraw-Hill 2010, 2012, or 2018
  3. Øyvind Dahl, Iben Jensen and Peter Nynäs (eds.). Bridges of understanding: perspectives on intercultural communication Oslo: Unipub 2006
  4. Reisigl & Wodak (2001). Discourse and discrimination: Rhetorics of racism and antisemitism. London ; New York: Routledge.