Intercultural Communication and Management

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Hua Xiang PEL.6.01b and Dr Neil Mclean 20KSW.G.07


This course is compulsory on the BSc in International Relations and Chinese. This course is available on the BSc in Language, Culture and Society. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

This course is capped. It will only be available as an outside option or to students in other departments should there be availability. 


No pre-requisite required. 

Course content

The course will cover the main theories and concepts involved in inter-cultural communication, such as: face, politeness, (im)politeness, speech acts and pragmatics. It explains and analyses how theories and concepts about the above phenomena apply in real life, in business and in political communications. A range of case studies will be presented in the course. These demonstrate how linguistic and communication strategies can be used effectively in different interactional contexts.

Some important themes and areas include:


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

Two hours per week, featuring: (a) one hour lectures on a range of concepts and themes; (b) one hour classes; (c) student presentations; (d) tutorials. Structured activities will take place in the Week 6 Reading Week of the Michaelmas Term and the Lent Term.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay and 1 case study in the MT and LT.

Short essays, case study analyses, presentations, learning logs. 

Indicative reading

Bowe, Heather, Martin Kylie and Manns Howards (2014). Communication across Cultures. Mutual Understanding in a Global World, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press. 

Mooney, Annabelle et al (2010). Language, Society and Power. An Introduction, 3rd ed., London: Routledge

Scollon, Ron and Scollon Suzanne Wong (2001). Intercultural Communication, 2rd ed, Blackwell Publishing

van Dijk, Teun A. (2009). Society and Discourse. How Social Contexts Influence Text and Talk, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Yule, George (2010). The Study of Language, 4th ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Chapters from:

Wodak, Ruth, Barbara Johnstone & Paul Kerswill (eds) (2011). The Sage Handbook of Sociolinguistics, London: Sage

Spencer – Oatey, Helen (2008). Culturally speaking: Culture, communication and politeness theory (2 nd edition ). London & New York, Continuum


Coursework (60%) in the MT and LT.
Project (40%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Centre

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills