Intercultural Communication in the 
Barents Region

Course unit code: СД. Ф.9.2

Type of the course: compulsory

Level of course unit: intermediate

Year of study: 3rd year

Semester: spring semester

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 2

Name of lecturer:

Prerequisites and co-prerequisites: applicants are required to have at least pre-intermediate level of communicative competence in English and basic knowledge in the field of intercultural communication.

Mission statement: The course is designed to help students meet the challenges of living in a world in which they are asked to interact with people who may differ in fundamental ways. Its primary goals are to help students become more sensitive to intercultural communication differences, and to provide them with the knowledge and skills that will help them interact successfully with people in the Barents region. The course will also help to examine and understand the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations brought about by the increasing cultural diversity around us, and to learn how to promote a positive attitude towards adopting, encouraging and managing diversity.

The topics covered in this module include: Relationship between Culture and Communication; Cultural Values of the Nordic peoples; Intercultural Interaction: Verbal Communication; Intercultural Interaction: Nonverbal Communication; Intercultural Challenges in the Barents region; Improving intercultural communication in the Barents Region; Cultural Influences on Context: the Business Setting, the Educational Setting.

Learning outcomes of the course unit. After completing the study module the student will:

  • be able to obtain knowledge about social, cultural and intercultural aspects of the life in the Barents countries;
  • be aware of similarities and differences in behavior, values and attitudes of people in the neighboring countries;
  • develop intercultural skills for effective intercultural communication in the fields of education, business, tourism and interpersonal relations in the Barents region;
  • be able to use IT skills to communicate by email, to find and lodge information on the Internet, to produce electronic documents;
  • be able to present a discussion based on information collected from various sources and synthesized into a coherent and cohesive whole with appropriate acknowledgments and lists of sources;
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of the relationship between social, educational and cultural issues and such topics as the analysis of spoken and written text, the analysis of sentences and clauses, the analysis of vocabulary, the study of standard and non-standard language, the analysis of spoken interaction;
  • be able to use of IT tools for the investigation of electronic databases;
  • be able to search out and synthesize information stored on paper, electronically (computerized databases or recordings) or visually (videos);
  • be able independently to undertake successful self-directed study and learning, with appropriate time management.

Mode of delivery: face-to-face, distance learning.

Methods of teaching: lectures; seminars; presentations; planning, designing and executing a piece of rigorous enquiry, such as a group or individual (research) project; problem sets; short exercises involving data analysis; use of data, resources, networking, and literature for the development of analytical skills.

Assessment: essays; individual and group project reports; individual and group presentations; short exercises involving data analysis; cumulative problem sets involving data analysis.

The final assessment supposes several assignments to be completed throughout the semester. Every assignment has its own point value (consult the table below).



Class participation




Team presentation


Team report


Final test


Required reading:

1. Lewis R.D. When cultures collide [Text] : leading across cultures / R. D. Lewis. - 3rd ed. - Boston : Nicholas Brealey International, 2006. - 599 p.

2. Vorobyeva E. Intercultural communication in the Barents region : teaching resources. – Arkhangelsk: Pomor University, 2006. - 92 p.

Recommended reading:

1. Derry T.K. A History of Scandinavia [Text] : Norwey, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland / T. Derry. - Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2005. - 447 p.

2. Samovar L. A..Communication between cultures [Text] : научное издание / L. A. Samovar, R. E. Porter, E. R. McDaniel. - 6th. ed. - Belmont : Thomson, 2006. - 415 p.

3. Hofstede G. Cultures and organizations [Text] : software of the mind / G. Hofstede, G. J. Hofstede. - New York : McGraw-Hill, 2005. - 434 p.

4. Sharman E. Across cultures [Text] : culture, literature, music, language / E. Sharman. - 5-th impr. - London : Longman, 2006. - 160 p.

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