Spanish summer Business course - Intercultural Communication

Intercultural communication

Intercultural communication (45 h)

In today’s increasingly globalized world, having intercultural communication skills can be a valuable asset in both personal and corporate environments. The purpose of this course is to equip our students with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively communicate in multicultural settings and overcome any challenges that may arise. By the end of the course, students will have developed the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of cultural contexts.

Course 2023-2024

Course 2023-2024

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Group: V1
Teacher: Rovira Martinez De Contrasta, Maria Isabel


In each session, the topic will be presented in lecture format. Students will have the opportunity to share their own experiences related to the topic. The classes will also have practical cases of intercultural communication in real-life situations. Students will be provided with PowerPoint presentations on each topic that will include main concepts, examples, explanations, and suggested readings. It is important to attend all sessions to successfully follow the subject.


Mid-term exam: 35%  

Class activities: 20%  

Participation in class: 10%  

Final exam: 35%


• Intercultural communication: intersection of language and culture 

• Verbal communication 

• Para-verbal communication 

• Non-verbal communication 

• Unconscious Non-verbal communication as a convergence point amongst different cultures 

• Cultural identity 

• Cultural value patterns: how we analyze both our own and others’ behaviors 

• Stereotyping and its consequences 

• Cultural self-awareness 

• Intercultural sensitivity: Ethnocentrism vs cultural relativism 

• Cross-cultural psychology 

• Intercultural communication competence

• The role of age, gender and socio-economic framework in intercultural communication 

• Adapting communication to the situation 

• Intercultural communication in the corporate environment 

• Intercultural communication in science and health 

• Intercultural communication in the education system 

• Role of technology in intercultural communication 

• Intercultural communication in today’s world 

• Aspects of Intercultural communication in Spain


R. Michael Paige, Barbara Kappler Mikk, Andrew D. Cohen. Maximizing Study Abroad: a Students' Guide to Strategies for Language and Culture Learning and Use. Minneapolis, MN: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota, 2004.  

Dahl, Stephen. (2004) “Intercultural Research: The Current State of Knowledge” London: Middlesex University Business School. Bennett, M.J. (1998). Intercultural communication: A current perspective. In M.J.  

Bennett (Ed.), Basic concepts of intercultural communication: Selected readings (pp. 1- 34). Boston, MA: Intercultural Press.  

Martin, Judith and Thomas Nakayama. (2010) “Culture, Communication, Context and Power”. In: Intercultural Communication in Contexts. 5th ed. New York: McGraw Hill. 83-115.  

Ting-Toomey, S. & Chung, L.C. (2012). What is the connection between verbal communication and culture? In S. Ting-Toomey & L.C. Chung, Understanding intercultural communication (pp. 110-129). New York: Oxford University Press.  

Ting-Toomey, S. & Chung, L.C. (2012). What are the different ways to communicate nonverbally across cultures? In S. Ting-Toomey & L.C. Chung, Understanding intercultural communication (pp. 130-153). New York: Oxford University Press.  

Wertz, & Dean, Marjorie. (2022). Toward a theory of nonverbal communication [microform]: a critical analysis of Albert Scheflen, Edward Hall, George Mahl and Paul Ekman /.  

Paul Ekman Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life's Pursuit, Paperback. (2016) Vertovec, Steven. (2007). Super-Diversity and Its Implications. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 30. 1024-1054. 10.1080/01419870701599465.

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