POLS501 Междукултурен диалог


“Cross-cultural Diaogue” consists of 30 academic hours, respectively – 24 hours of lectures, 4 hours – discussions and 2 hours practical tasks – simulation of negotiations.

The Course will present to the students the dynamics of the dialogue between different cultures: “inter” explicitly presupposes real relationship (interactions) and dependencies; “culture” – specifics of the value system, life-style, relationship regulations, different views on the world, time and space.

The aim of the Course is to present to the students the necessity of positive contacts between the different social groups, as well as between the individuals, with the intercultural sphere as a world view, methodology and perspective for action. Two main social constructions are discussed in the course, from the point of view of the Intercultural – the liberal-pluralistic (lack of repressive legislation based on ethnical, racial, sexual or other characteristics) and corporative-pluralistic (admission of the above characteristics and adoption of quotas in each social sphere).

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Антропология (на английски език)


гл. ас. Вероника Азарова  д-р

Описание на курса:


After completing successfully this course the students will:

1) know:

- the specific features of the process of communication at the different cultures and the way it goes on

- the cultural and ethnic stereotypes during the process of communication, the verbal and non-verbal norms

- the different adaptation and integration models in the contemporary society

2) be able to:

- to identify the challenges arising from the cultural diversity and to apply strategies for coping with them

- to evaluate the role of the cultural context at the process of communication

- to develop skills and attitudes in the sphere of intercultural competence

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Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

  1. Cross-cultural dialogue – the Science of how to communicate with representatives of different cultures.
  2. Identity and Communication – what makes us similar and what makes us different from each other.
  3. The Ethnic Stereotypes – who is “the most important” in the process of communication at the different cultures.
  4. Culture and Communication – how to provoke a conflict and how to solve it.
  5. What do we understand while talking – how to be polite if we want or we need to.
  6. What do we see while communicating – reading the body language. Great mistakes of communication and how to avoid them.
  7. Cross-cultural dialogue in the contemporary world.
  8. Problems of the cross-cultural dialogue in the contemporary world.
  9. Models of cross-cultural dialogue. The Model of Hofstede Individualistic and collectivistic types of cultures, hierarchy, power distance.
  10. Cultural shoc. The Model of Bennett. Acceptance, adaptation, integration. Measuring the intercultural sensitivity.
  11. From problems to solutions in the Intercultural dialogue. Strategies and good practices.
  12. Cross-cultural dialogue as a way of mediation. Communication process in traditional context – political and business negotiations.
  13. Cross-cultural dialogue in a non-traditional context – war and diplomacy.
  14. Hostage negotiations.
  15. Simulations of Intercultural negotiations.

Литература по темите:

Aarup Jensen, A., Jaeger, K. & Lorentsen, A. (eds) (1995) 'Intercultural Competence: A New Challenge for Language Teachers and Trainers in Europe. Volume II: The Adult Learner'. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press

Bennett, M. J. (1993). 'Towards ethnorelativism: a developmental model of intercultural sensitivity'. In: Paige, R. M. (ed) (1993) Education for the Intercultural Experience. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press.

Brookes, N. D. (1968) 'Language and Language Teaching: Theory and Practice'. New York: Harcourt, Brace.

Brislin, R. W. (1981) 'Cross-Cultural Encounters: Face-to-Face Interaction'. Elmsford, NY: Pergamon.

Brislin, R. W. (1983) 'Cross-cultural research in psychology'. In: Annual Review of Psychology. 34: 363-400.

Brislin, R. W. & Yoshida, T. (1994) Intercultural Communication Training: An Introduction. California: Sage Publications.

Byram, M. (1997) 'Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence'. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Byram, M. and Fleming, M. (eds.) (1998) 'Language Learning in Intercultural Perspective: Approaches Through Drama and Ethnography'. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Damen, L. (1987) 'Culture Learning: The Fifth Dimension in the Language Classroom'. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley.

Fennes, H. & Hapgood, K. (1997) 'Intercultural Learning in the Classroom: Crossing Borders'. Cassell.

Fowler, S. M. & Mumford, M. G. (eds) (1995) Intercultural Sourcebook: Cross-Cultural Training Methods. Vol.1, Yarmouth: Intercultural Press, Inc.

Gudykunst, W. B. & Kim, Y.Y. (1984) 'Communicating with Strangers: An Approach to Intercultural Communication'. New York: Random.

Gudykunst, W.B., Ting-Toomey S. & Nishida, T. (Eds) (1996) Communication in Personal Relationships Across Cultures. California: Sage

Hall, E. T. (1973) The Silent Language. Garden City, New York: Doubleday

Humphrey, D. (1993). 'Culture as a noun, Culture as a verb, National culture or Individual culture, which Approach?' In: Killick, D. & M. Parry (eds.). (1993) Languages for Cross-cultural Capability, Promoting the Discipline: Marking Boundaries Crossing Borders. Leeds Metropolitan University, December 1993.

Kolb, D. A. (1984) Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Kolb, D. A. & Fry, R. (1975) 'Towards an applied theory of experiential learning'. In: Cooper, C. L. (ed) (1975) Theories of Group Processes. John Wiley. 33 - 58.

Kramsch, C. (1994) Context and Culture in Language Teaching. Oxford University Press.

Paige, M. R. (ed) (1993) Education for the Intercultural Experience. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press Inc.

Samovar, L.A, Porter, R. E., & Jain, N. C. (1981) Understanding Intercultural Communication. Belmont, CA, Wandsworth Inc.

Seelye, H. N. (1997). Teaching Culture: Strategies for Intercultural Communication. Third Edition Chicago: National Textbook Company.

Singer, M. R. (1975). 'Culture: A Perceptual approach'. In: Hoopes, D. S. (ed) (1975) Intercultural Communication Workshop: Readings in Intercultural Communication 1. Pittsburgh, PA: Intercultural Communications Network.

Triandis, H. C. (1972). The Analysis of Subjective Culture. New York: John Wiley.

Whorf, B. L. (1956). Language, Thought and Reality: Selected Writings of B. L. Whorf. Carroll J. B. (ed.) New York: John Wiley.

Средства за оценяване:

The course homepage in Moodle will link you to the various course materials, tools and other resources in the Internet. Look there for the syllabus, lecture notes, and homework. All students are expected to monitor their course email, which may contain homework problems, reading assignments, and grade reports.