Theme 1 Assignments

Assignments for the first theme

1) Reflection (1-2 pages)

  • Please explain briefly your own interest in Intercultural Communication (ICC).
  • How does ICC link to your major studies? (If you are an ICC major, please think of your previous studies, or other subjects you might have studied.) Please give some ideas of how you could combine or apply an ICC perspective to your selected field of studies.
  • What was especially interesting or even surprising for you in this material (texts, video, and pdfs)? Please choose two topics, and discuss them briefly.

2) Information search (about 1 page)

  • Choose an academic journal that concentrates on intercultural communication research. Foe example, you can go to the University of Jyväskylä library pages to start your seach. While there, click on the link to the Nelli-portal on the right-hand side of the screen --> find ejournals --> search for and choose Journal of International and Intercultural Communication or Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. You can also choose another relevant source, such as Journal of Intercultural Communication.
  • Go through 2 most current issues available of the selected journal and observe the research topics there. Which disciplines / perspectives seem to be prevalent? What kind of perspectives seem to be missing? What approaches would you find important to study within ICC, and why?
  • Choose one article of interest from the last two issues. Describe briefly its basic claims, and critically discuss your views about them.
  • Note! Some of the issues may not (yet) be available unless purchased. Choose older ones or issues that are accessible. If you are doing this course outside the University of Jyväskylä services, please conduct your own university's librarian or choose among publications that are freely available online.