Trends of globalization, internationalization and migration have resulted in a continuously increasing need to establish and develop relationships among people from different cultures. Research in the area of subcultures indicates the need to understand the dynamics of social systems where intercultural communication skills play an important role. This is the background to the course about intercultural communication where we explore intercultural communication in theory and practice.
During this course you will get acquainted with key concepts and a theoretical framework related to the field of intercultural communication (IC) and you will also have opportunities for practicing intercultural communication.
Through literature studies, seminars, discussions, workshops and exercises students will be able to gain knowledge of processes and mechanisms that affect communication between people with different cultural backgrounds. Furthermore, you will explore how you can use your own cultural intelligence to make the best of your experiences of multicultural environments.
The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.
The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.
In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.