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University of Vaasa
Intercultural Studies in Communication and Administration
PO Box 700, 65101 Vaasa, Finland

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65200 Vaasa, Finland

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Course Descriptions

 

PREPARATORY COURSES:

INTRODUCTION TO INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND CULTURAL STUDIES
Johdatus kulttuurienväliseen viestintään ja kulttuurintutkimukseen

Credits: 5 ECTS
Code: ICSC1001
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course introduces the basic concepts of intercultural communication and the theories of cultural studies. The course improves students' capacity for recognizing the problems of intercultural communication and analyzing the communication situations.
Contents: Basic concepts and principles of intercultural communication: culture, ethnocentrism vs. cultural relativism, cultural values, stereotypes, culture shock etc.
Teaching: Lectures 20 hours
Completion of the Course: Lecture journal and take-home exam.
Literature:
1. Ferraro: The Cultural Dimension of International Business. 1998.
2. Handbook of International and Intercultural Communication. Editors William B. Gudykunst, Bella Mody. Thousand Oaks (Sage) 2002. (Selected chapters)
Grading: Pass / Fail
Course Instructor: 

Additional Information:  ICS-Preparatory Course, teaching in English


CULTURE, HISTORY AND IDENTITY
Kulttuuri, historia ja identiteetti

Credits: 5 ECTS
Code: ICSC1002
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course develops understanding of different cultures and their relation to cultural and historical backgrounds.
Contents: The course introduces the concepts of culture, history, and identity and explores them from the cultural studies' point of view. The course examines a few examples of different European cultures.
Teaching: Lectures 24 hours
Completion of the Course: Studia Generalia lectures and independent studying. Exam based on the lectures and literature.
Literature: As instructed by the lecturer.
Grading: 1-5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Professor Christoph Parry
Additional Information: ICS-Preparatory Course, teaching in English


POLITICS AND ADMINISTRATION
Politiikka ja hallinto 

Credits: 10 ECTS
Code: HALL2009
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course examines fundamental questions of politics and public administration. The course provides the basic background for further studies in ICS-Programme with administrative science as the major subject.
Completion of the Course: Exam based on literature.
Literature: Shafritz, Hyde & Parke (ed.): Classics of Public Administration (Fifth Edition). Florence 2003.
Grading: 1- 5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Senior Assistant.
Additional Information: ICS-Preparatory Course, exam also possible in Finnish.

CULTURAL TRANSFER IN LITERATURE AND THE MEDIA
Kulttuurinen vaihto kirjallisuudessa ja medioissa

Credits: 5 ECTS
Code: ICSC1003
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course enables the students to evaluate the impact of cultural differences to the supply and reception of foreign movies, music, art, and literature.
Contents: Comparative literature; imagology; the origins and influence of ethnic, religious and other stereotypes. Cultural institutions (e.g. publication, circulation and criticism) and the mechanisms of cultural transfer.
Teaching: Lectures 16 hours
Completion of the Course: Take-home exam or written assignment.
Literature:
1. BASNETT: Comparative literature: a critical introduction. Oxford (Blackwell). 1993. or
2. CORBINEAU-HOFFMANN, A: Einführung in die Komparatistik. Berlin (Erich Schmidt). 2000. or
3. AALTONEN, Sirkku: Time-Sharing on Stage. Drama Translation in Theatre and Society. Clevedon (Multilingual Matters). 2000.
Grading: 1- 5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Professor Christoph Parry
Additional Information: Optional preparatory course of the MA program, teaching in English.

 

CORE COURSES

THEORIES OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION
Kulttuurin ja viestinnän teorioista

Credits: 5 cr
Code: ICSC2001
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: To enable the student to see how culture and communication intertwine and how different ideas of culture and communication imply divergent conceptions of man, society and nature.
Contents: A historical and systematic overview of cultural and communication theories with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century developments.
Teaching: Lectures 15 hours
Literature:
1. Eagleton: The Idea of Culture. Oxford & Malden 2000. 150 pp.
2. Mattelart & Mattelart: Histoire des théories de la communication. Paris1995. (Transl. Theories of Communication, 1998). 100 pp.
Completion of the Course: Lectures and an essay.
Grading: Essay, 1–5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Professor
Additional Information: ICS – Core Course, teaching in English.


PUBLIC SECTOR ETHICS

Credits: 8 ECTS
Code: HALL3011
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course develops understanding on cultural and administrative patterns of ethics. The course explores ethical theories, ethical values in social and welfare models, different ways of improving ethics and integrity in governance and public sector organizations.
Completion of the Course: Exam based on lectures and literature, workshops.
Literature:
1. Bruce (ed.): Classics of Administrative Ethics. Boulder 2001.
2. Lawton: Ethical Management for the Public Services. Buckingham 1998.
3. Articles and other material specified during the lectures.
Grading: 1–5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Professor
Additional Information: -
 


CULTURAL ASPECTS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Credits: 7 ECTS
Code: HALL3012
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course develops understanding of public administration as culturally based practice: differences and similarities of national cultures; cultural differences in governance and governments; integration and other forms of cross-cultural administrative cooperation; Europeanization of administrative cultures and structures.
Teaching: Lectures
Completion of the Course: Exam based on lectures and literature, possible workshops.
Literature:
1. Hofstede: Cultures and Organizations. New York 1997.
2. Knill: Europeanisation of National Administrations: Patterns of Institutional Change and Persistence. Cambridge 2001 (available in Ebrary, see http://www.tritonia.fi).
3. Pollitt & Bouckaert: Public Management Reform: A Comparative Analysis (2nd Edition). Oxford 2004.
Grading: 1–5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Professor/Senior Assistant
Additional Information: -

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Kulttuuriantropologia

Credits: 5 cr
Code: ICSC2003
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course familiarizes the students with cultural differences from anthropology’s point of view.
Contents: Introduction to basics, main terminology, history, main theories, methods and selected applications of cultural anthropology.
Teaching: Lectures 24 hours
Literature:  Keesing, Roger M. & Andrew J. Strathern: Cultural Anthropology – A Contemporary Perspective (3rd edition, 1998).
Completion of the Course: Exam
Grading: 1–5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Visiting lecturer, University of Oulu.
Additional Information: ICS-Core Course, teaching in English.

ADVANCED COURSE IN RESEACH METHODS

Credits: 5 ECTS
Code: HALL3013 / ICSC
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course deepens knowledge in research methods and methodology, methodological requirements of thesis; qualitative and quantitative methods; comparative methods; methods of cultural studies.
Teaching: Lectures 0-20 hours
Completion of the Course: Exam based on lectures and literature, possible workshops.
Literature:
1. Gray: Research Practice for Cultural Studies. London 2003 (available in Ebrary, see http://www.tritonia.fi).
2. Ragin: The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies. Berkeley 1987.
3. Somekh & Lewin (eds.): Research Methods in the Social Sciences. London 2005 (available in Ebrary, see http://www.tritonia.fi).
4. Johnson, Chambers, Raghuram & Ticknell: The Practice of Cultural Studies. London 2004.
Grading: 1-5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Professors/Senior Assistant
Additional Information: Organised by Faculty of Humanities & Faculty of Public Administration

 RESEARCH SEMINAR
Tutkimusseminaari

Credits: 10 cr
Code: ICSC3001
Timing: 2. year.
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree and first semester studies in ICS-programme
Course Objective: Starting the academic research process. The seminar sessions aim at developing the basic skills in academic writing and familiarizing the students with the requirements set for research work. The students are expected to accomplish a plan and an interim report of the thesis during the seminar.
Contents: Active participation in the seminar sessions (several meeting/academic year) is required throughout the academic year. The aim of the seminar sessions is 1) to accomplish a plan of the thesis during the autumn semester and 2) to produce an interim report of the thesis before the end of spring semester. The sessions concentrate on developing the basic skills in academic writing and familiarizing the students with the requirements set for research work.
Teaching: 30 hours
Literature: Literature on the field of the thesis.
Completion of the Course: Supervised seminar sessions.
Grading: Seminar paper, Pass / Fail.
Course Instructor: Professors.
Additional Information: -


THESIS
Pro Gradu -tutkielma

Credits: 40 cr
Code: ICSC3100
Timing: -
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree and advanced level studies in major subject.
Course Objective: Ability to do independent research work.
Contents: Academic research of a problem related to intercultural communication or comparative cultural studies.
Completion of the Course: Writing a thesis, possible maturity examination.
Literature:
Grading: Approbatur, lubenter approbatur, non sine laude approbatur, cum laude approbatur, magna cum laude approbatur, eximia cum laude approbatur, laudatur.
Course Instructor: Professors.
Additional Information: -


HALL3005 Research Seminar
Organiser: Faculty of Public Administration
Course Instructor: Professors and Senior Assistants as agreed.
Credits: 10 ECTS
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree and core courses in ICS-programme.
Course Objective: Starting the academic research process. Active participation in the seminar sessions is required throughout the academic year. The aim of the brief seminar sessions held every month (approx. 8-10 meetings/academic year) is 1) to accomplish a plan of the thesis during the autumn semester and 2) to produce an interim report of the thesis before the end of spring semester. The sessions aim at developing the basic skills in academic writing and familiarizing the students with the requirements set for research work.
Literature: Literature on the field of the thesis.
Completion of the Course: Supervised seminar sessions.
Grading: Pass/Fail


HALL3006 Thesis
Organiser: Faculty of Public Administration
Course Instructor: Professors and Senior Assistants
Credits: 40 ECTS
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree and advanced level studies in major subject.
Course Objective: Independent research work. Academic research of public administration from the point of view of administrative operations and structures.
Completion of the Course: Writing a thesis, possible maturity test.
Grading: Approbatur (lowest), lubenter approbatur, non sine laude approbatur, cum laude approbatur, magna cum laude approbatur, eximia cum laude approbatur, laudatur.

ACADEMIC WRITING (5 ECTS):

WRITING SCIENCE IN ENGLISH
Tieteellinen kirjoittaminen englanniksi

Credits:  3 ECTS
Code: KENG6211 / KENG9211
Timing: -
Prerequisites: Course in Basic English
Course Objective: Participants learn the basic principles of Academic Writing (structure, argumentation, referencing) and its special features (of style) and are required to produce a short academic text.
Course Content: General basic principles of academic writing, the transformation of research material into a research project. Participants will write short exercise papers.  The use of footnotes and annotation of quotations, compiling a list of references, structuring a paper and other rules applying to the production of academic text.
Teaching: 20 hours
Completion of the Course: Active participation and short exercise paper.
Literature: The Harbrace College Handbook.
Grading: 1-5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Language Centre lecturers
Additional Information: Complements Scientific Writing (Tiedettä englanniksi) (2 ECTS) to replace Academic Writing (Tieteellinen kirjoittaminen suomeksi) (5 ECTS).


 
SCIENTIFIC WRITING
Tiedettä englanniksi

Credits: 2 ECTS
Code: KENG6311 / KENG9311
Timing: -
Prerequisites: Writing Science in English (3 ECTS)
Course Objective: Participants will learn to write a thesis or an article in English in a fluent and concise academic style.
Course Content: Conventions of academic writing with focus on the differences between English and Finnish traditions of academic writing.
Teaching: 20 hours
Completion of the Course: Written exercises and a final paper of 7 pages which will meet the criteria of academic writing in the English speaking world.
Literature: As adviced by the teacher.
Grading:  1-5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Language Centre lecturers
Additional Information: Complements Writing Science in English (tieteellinen kirjoittaminen englanniksi) (3 ECTS) to replace Academic Writing (Tieteellinen kirjoittaminen suomeksi) (5 ECTS).


OTHER STUDIES (35 ECTS)


DECISION-MAKING IN ORGANIZATIONS

Credits: 8 ECTS
Code: HALL2012
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course examines decision-making across different levels of public organizations: theories of decision-making and policy-making; decision-making process; strategic decisions, operational decisions; use of different types of information; evaluation of decision-making; differences of public and private organizations.
Completion of the Course: Exam based on lectures and literature, possible workshops.
Literature:
1. Mintzberg, Ahlstrand & Lampel: Strategy Safari: A Guided Tour Through the Wilds of Strategic Management. London 1998.
2. Simon: Administrative Behavior (Fourth Edition). New York 1997.
3. Stufflebeam, Madaus & Kellaghan (eds.): Evaluation Models: Viewpoints on Educational and Human Services Evaluation (2nd Edition). New York 2002 (available in Ebrary, see http://www.tritonia.fi).
Grading: 1-5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Professor/Senior Assistant.
Additional Information: -


 
EXPERTISE IN GOVERNANCE

Credits: 8 ECTS
Code: HALL2013
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course examines new forms of expertise in the public sector; types of administrative knowledge in public governance; education of public sector managers and employees; nature of knowledge-intensive work and organizations; knowledge management practices in the public sector; relation of theory and practice
Completion of the Course: Exam based on lectures and literature, possible workshops.
Literature:
1. Alvesson: Knowledge Work and Knowledge-intensive Firms. Oxford 2004.
2. Brelade & Harman: A Practical Guide to Knowledge Management. London 2003 (available in Ebrary, see http://www.tritonia.fi).
3. Peters: The Future of Governing: Four Emerging Models (2nd edition). Lawrence 2001.
Grading: 1-5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Professor/Senior Assistant.
Additional Information: -


FINNISH FOR FOREIGNERS I
Suomea ulkomaalaisille I

Credits: 5 ECTS
Code: KSUO5111
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: Elementary Finnish phonetics, morphology, syntax and vocabulary for beginners. Short introduction to Finnish culture.
Completion of the Course: Participation in lectures and exercises. Oral and written exercises in class.
Literature:
1. Lepäsmaa-Silfverberg (1998): Suomen kielen alkeisoppikirja. Finn Lectura.
2. Other material provided by the teacher
Grading: Pass / Fail
Course Instructor: Language Centre lecturers
Additional Information: To be taught in English and Finnish


FINNISH FOR FOREIGNERS II
Suomea ulkomaalaisille II

Credits: 5 ECTS
Code: KSUO5112
Timing: -
Prerequisites: KSUO5111 Finnish for Foreigners II
Course Objective: The course is intended for international students who want to continue their Finnish studies. The emphasis is on grammar, reading techniques and language production
Completion of the Course: Participation in lectures and exercises. Oral and written exercises in class.
Literature:
1. Lepäsmaa-Silfverberg (1998): Suomen kielen alkeisoppikirja. Finn Lectura.
2. Articles on art and culture
Grading: 1-5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Language Centre lecturers
Additional Information: To be taught in Finnish and English.


SEMIOTICS AND CULTURAL RESEARCH METHODS
Semiotiikka ja kulttuurintutkimuksen menetelmät

Credits: 5 ECTS
Code: ICSC1004
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course familiarizes the students with semiotics and cultural studies.
Contents: Basic concepts of semiotics. The major schools and methods of semiotics. An overview of the main movements of cultural research.
Completion of the Course: (Take-home) exam based on lectures and/or literature.
Literature: Chandler, Daniel: Semiotics. The Basics. Routledge 2002. Or Veivo & Huttunen: Semiotiikka. Helsinki 1999.
Grading: 1-5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Professor Christoph Parry
Additional Information: ICS – Optional Module. The students may optionally choose 10 cr from the courses offered by the Finnish Network University of Semiotics.


INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL STUDIES
Johdatus kulttuurintutkimukseen

Credits: 5 ECTS
Code: ICSC1005
Timing: -
Prerequisites: -
Course Objective: The course familiarizes the student with the fields of cultural studies.
Contents: An overview of the main movements of cultural studies and research.
Completion of the Course: (Take-home) exam based on lectures and/or literature.
Literature: During, Simon (ed.) The Cultural Studies Reader. 2. Edition. New York (Routledge).1999.
Grading: 1-5 / Fail
Course Instructor: Professor Christoph Parry
Additional Information: Optional Course


 

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