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Image du cours Course "Intercultural Competence", Summer semester 2024

Intercultural Competence: Course Description


Intercultural competence consists of the knowledge, skills and attitudes to communicate and collaborate effectively across cultural differences. This course introduces learners to key elements of intercultural competence, including culture, diversity, bias, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict styles, and notions of equity, diversity and inclusion. Learners will be encouraged to reflect on their own cultural frameworks and worldviews, communication and conflict styles as well as biases and be exposed to various models and frameworks to develop their intercultural competence. During the course, learners will be encouraged to develop these competencies through a variety of channels. These include: (a) self-inquiry and critical reflection of one’s varied intercultural experiences; (b) application of digital and multimedia engagement tools; (c) instructor-led discussions; and (d) opportunities for peer discussion and engagement to encourage both social learning and structured collaboration through application of course ideas in an applied learning project. In addition, students will explore situations and challenges of how intercultural competence can improve group, societal and workplace effectiveness, with examples taken from Germany, across Europe, and internationally. In this way, learners examine and begin to demonstrate how intercultural competence that can applied to and enhance experiences in communication, collaboration, interaction and effectiveness across cultures,  As such, it is hoped that by developing their intercultural competence, learners can enhance their international engagement and build a sense of global citizenship.

Image du cours Discussion and Lecture Series on Digital Interculturality

Commencing on October 27 and concluding on December 15, 2023, we are pleased to announce a weekly Lecture and Discussion Series in collaboration with esteemed universities worldwide, including the Universities of Jena, Mainz, and Potsdam (Germany), Limerick (Ireland), Salvador (Brazil), Urbino (Italy), and Vienna (Austria).

🌐 Exploring Digital Interculturality: A myriad of intercultural interactions of various kinds have now become an everyday experience, mediated digitally via screens. This reflects a need for the extension of the understanding of intercultural communication. We suggest the term digital interculturality, seeing this as the hyper interculturality of the digital world with its potential for a vast variety of new and diverse connections, a web of digital uncertainty in which interculturalities are constantly transformed into more certain culturalities.

📚 A Multifaceted Approach: The programme draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of international university teachers. With diverse perspectives, we will examine this phenomenon from a variety of  angles.

🌍 Connecting Students Globally: Beyond lectures, we are creating an engaging online space where students from various third-level educational contexts may interact with one another in relation to the examined topic.

🗓️ What to Expect: The series consists of eight live online lectures coupled with discussion sessions, and a number of asynchronous recorded lectures, upon which students may also engage in discussion.

🎓 Earn Credits Towards Graduation: For participating students there is  an exciting opportunity to earn credit points towards the completion of  your studies. Register in your university’s course catalogue or contact us for a certificate of participation:

Image du cours Research Methodology in European Modern Languages and Literatures (summer semester 2024)
EC2U Master’s degree – European Languages, Cultures and Societies in Contact

The main idea of this lecture is to provide better insight into the contact of cultures and societies in the Victorian novel. Based on several Victorian novels (`Vanity Fair`, `Great Expectations`, `Wuthering Heights`...) we will discuss the consequences of various contacts between cultures and societies in the framework of the Victorian England. Also, we will emphasize the main features of these contacts presented in the novel structure, character development, chronotope etc. 


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  2. Alexander, Christine and Smith, Margaret, The Oxford Companion to the Brontës, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  3. Armstrong, Isobel, Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics, New York: Routledge, 1993.
  4. Bachelard,  Gaston, The Poetics of Space, Translated from the French by Maria Jolas, Boston: Beacon Press, 1994.
  5. Bertens, Hans, Literary Theory: The Basics,  London & New York: Routledge, 2001.
  6. Bloom, Harold, ed, Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Oscar Wilde – New Edition, New York: Infobase Publishing, 2010.
  7. Bowen, John, “The Historical Novel” in Brantlinger, Patric and  Thesing, William, ed., A Companion to the Victorian Novel, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2002. 
  8.  Brajović, Tihomir,  Teorija pesničke slike, Beograd: Zavod za udžebeike i nastavna sredstva, 2000.
  9. Brantlinger, Patric, Victorian Literature and Postcolonial Studies, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
  10. Brick, Allan R., “Wuthering Heights: Narrators, Audience, and Message” in College English, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Nov.), pp. 80-86, Published by National Cauncil of Teachers of English, 1959.