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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Education


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap
Tied to X5K307
Tied to X5K207
Tied to X9K907
Tied to X9KC14
Tied to X9A102
Tied to X9A302
Tied to X9A402
Tied to X9A502


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Students will gain a critical understanding of the organisation of education with respect to intercultural and international education.


  • Strand A :
  • Culture, Curriculum and education in nation states into the 21st Century (Curriculum as socialisation, national curricula and national cultures and identities)
  • analysis of disciplines with an international dimension (Foreign Languages, Geography, RE...) and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • factors in the 'internationalisation' of the curriculum (the 'European dimension' from the EU, 'education for European citizenship' from the Council of Europe, internationalisation of the curriculum in Japan)
  • Strand B:
  • The nature of stereotypes and prejudice, and the processes of inter-group relations.
  • The psychology and sociology of 'the stranger' and the experience of living between cultures.
  • The nature of cross-cultural communication and intercultural competence.
  • Strand C:
  • Education for democratic, international citizenship and the development of appropriate curricula (cultural studies in Foreign Languages, Citizenship Education, role of visits, exchanges, contacts).

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Through their experience on the course students will acquire
  • a critical understanding of the context and factors relating to intercultural communication in the 21st century
  • a critical understanding of current theories and practices developed from the impact of globalisation on education
Subject-specific Skills:
  • evaluating scholarly research (empirical and conceptual) within the field of intercultural communication;
  • identifying and solving problems inherent within the internationalisation of education and intercultural communication;
  • communicating effectively, orally and in writing, within an intercultural setting.
Key Skills:
  • Through their essays students will demonstrate the ability to:
  • undertake a search and synthetic review of research literature,
  • summarise and critique research-based literatures;
  • communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, to an advanced level;
  • learn independently.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Through lectures and seminar teaching supported by Study Guide resources. The Study Guide includes preperation for and follow up on teaching activities. This directed independent work is an important part of the module. Lectures enable the ideas of the module to be considered. Seminar work enables students to develop their understanding of the ideas and consider them in a range of professionally relevant contexts. Activities in seminars include a variety of active learning approaches including discussion, group work, presentations, question and answer sessions, individual tasks. A Bulletin Board on DUO enables staff and students to continue their interaction between teaching sessions. Preparation for the essay involves students in wide reading and critical reflection on ideas of the module.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 4 1.5 hours 6
Seminars 6 2.5 hours 15
Preparation & Reading 279
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 5,000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Verbal feedback is given to students' contribution during class teaching sessions. Staff can be contacted for individual help. Written formative feedback is provided for the academic outline of the essay.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University