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MA in Cross-Cultural Communication

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Overview - Year-by-Year Breakdown - Course Description


The MA in Cross-Cultural Communication will help students learn about the essential aspects of contacts between cultures while developing strong intercultural communication competences with critical and independent analysis.

Duration 1-2 years
Credit Value 90ECTS/36US
Admission Requirements Bachelor’s degree or Equivalent
Languages English
Study Options Online
Tuition 2900€ yearly
Registration Fee 60€ yearly
Technology Fee 80€ yearly

The structure of a typical course will require students to read materials supplied by the university, study related materials, and perform personal research on selected topics.  Confirmation of learning may be determined via papers, projects, quizzes or exams.

 

 

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Year-by-Year Breakdown

The courses identified as core must be taken in the year indicated.  Each core course is 10ECT/4US. The CCC510 Thesis is 20ECTS/8US. Students need to choose 3 elective courses. Each elective course is 10ECTS/4US.

Course Number Course Name Core or Elective?
Year 1
MA500 Persuasion Core
MA501 Psychology of Communication Core
MA502 Culture and Society Core
CCC502 Cross-Cultural Communication Core
CCC510 Thesis Core
CCC507 Global Issues Elective
CCC504 Virtual Communication Elective
CCC503 Language Issues in Communication Elective
CCC501 Communication and Human Relations Elective
MFA511 Producing 1 Elective
CCC507 Global Issues Elective
CCC505 World Cultures Elective

 

MACCC500   Persuasion and Social Influence

This course covers contemporary perspectives of persuasion, focusing on the development of messages and message effects found in professional contexts, including face-to-face negotiations, social and traditional media, and corporate and public relations.

 

MACCC501 Psychology of Communication

This course examines the underlying cognitive and behavioral processes which influence various communication stimuli.  Current theories related to language, personality, sensory perception, personal information processing, and social interaction, as well as evolutionary-based models of communication development.

 

MACCC502 Culture and Society

This course focuses on communication as a facilitator of social change and development.  The effects of phenomena related to popular culture, social media, a changing generational demographic, and the merging of world cultures to form a global marketplace of ideas are addressed.

 

MACCC506 Perspectives of Cross-Cultural Communication

This course examines the fundamental constructs which constitute cultures’ disparate communication styles and norms.  The research of notable culturalists such as Geert Hofstede and Fons Trompenaars form the basis for understanding, and adapting to, the plethora of culture-based behaviors found in the contemporary global workplace.

 

MACCC510   Thesis

Students will be expected to compose an academic-style study of 10,000 of 15,000 words, producing an original contribution to existing literature.  The topic must be related to human communication phenomena in a multicultural context and should include an appropriate literature review, research design, and an analysis and interpretation of primary/secondary data.

 

ELECTIVES

 

MACCC507   Global Issues

This course examines communication in the context of the challenges presented by a dynamic global environment.  Topics include, but are not limited to, cultural diversity, technology, new management paradigms, sustainability, and the interconnectedness of today’s emerging global economy.

 

MACCC504   Virtual Communication

This course focuses on the social and psychological aspects of communication relayed through various electronic media.  Course applications relate to topics such as strategic message development and deployment, managing virtual teams, multinational collaboration through media such as Skype, and legal implications involved in worldwide communication.

CCC503 Language Issues in Communication

 

MACCC 503 Language Issues in Communication

This course treats communication from a socio-linguistic perspective.  Students will gain insight into the language process whereby individuals derive meaning and construct social order in a variety of settings.  Emphasis is placed on the symbolism involved in human interaction, particularly in problem-solving or conflict-management situations.

 

MACCC508   Communication and Human Relation

 This course examines the communication attributes involved in the process of managing/supervising others.  Theories and practices related to management style, personal communication style, active listening and processing, adaptation to cultural diversity, and the creation of group/organizational identity will be covered.

 

MACCC505  Communication Across Global Societies

This course examines the patterns of communication and expression unique to specific cultures in major world regions.  Linguistic, ritualistic, and cultural messages through which meaning is socially constructed are reviewed in societies across Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Southwest Asia, East Asia, and North America.

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