MA Global Intercultural Communication

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UEA offer flexible MA courses focused on different aspects of intercultural communication, applied translation and linguistics. Your studies will prepare you for employment in the huge global growth industry related to these disciplines or for advanced research. You will benefit from the links we have with our alumni and industry professionals which, along with teaching from our expert academies, will result in excellent employment prospects.

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Alumni from our MA programmes have gone to have successful careers in the huge global growth industry relating to applied translation and intercultural communication. Find out more about their experience of their time at UEA and how it has helped them in their career.

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Leading researcher Luna Filipović has researched and demonstrated that language use in the specific context of police interviews, can bear relevance to the revelation of why serious misunderstanding occurs in investigative interviewing in multilingual environments and sometimes leads to misinterpretation of denial as confession.

Intercultural communication is crucial to comprehending the world today and participating in the world of tomorrow. Globalisation has broken down barriers of time and space but it has not removed linguistic and cultural barriers. Expertise in intercultural communication is a key skill that is of critical value in a whole range of professions that operate on a global scale. This programme will open doors into multiple roles where expert intercultural communicators are needed in multinational and international private sector companies, as well as in a host of public sector professions.

You will develop a broad-based approach to the study of language and intercultural communication, both as a cultural resource and a cultural practice, and an understanding of how new media and mobile technologies which characterize contemporary global networks are affecting communication.

Overview

Globalisation has led to the ever-greater centrality of knowledge and information. The increased contact between different linguistic communities, through migration, tourism, education, and information and media flows requires increasing numbers of experts in intercultural communication. As language and cultural exchanges become ever more frequent and diverse, and the media that carry these exchanges proliferate, so does our need to comprehend the nature of intercultural communication and how it may best be used and promoted.

As a graduate of this MA programme you will bring added value to your chosen profession if you already have a study background in a vocational subject such as business, development studies, education, hospitality and tourism, law, management, marketing, psychology, or medicine, for example, or a less vocational degree background in English, history, geography, media, or politics.  

As a cultural resource the linguistic forms available within a language, and the patterns of linguistic use by its speakers give expression to that culture’s worldview, socio-cultural norms and values. As a cultural practice the very act of linguistic communication is used to both create and sustain our sense of personal, cultural and national identity. To further the study of these cultural patterns, the programme makes use of a variety of different analytic approaches ranging from discourse analysis and anthropological linguistics to semiotics and cross-cultural pragmatics. 

We welcome students from across the globe and this makes seminars particularly engaging for staff and students alike as we all learn a great deal about each other’s languages and cultures.Our students also have a wide range of first degree backgrounds. We do not assume pre-existing knowledge and introduce you to all these approaches. 

The course runs for one year on a full-time basis and for two years on a part-time basis. You will take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, to build a solid foundation in the discipline and then specialise in areas that particularly interest you.

Final Dissertation

The final compulsory element is a dissertation on a subject chosen by students in consultation with members of academic staff. Work on the dissertation starts at the end of the spring semester for submission at the beginning of September.

You will also benefit from a programme of academic and research skills sessions throughout the year to help you make the most of your studies here at UEA and prepare you for your subsequent career. 

Transferable Skills

Students who successfully complete the MA will have developed to a high level their awareness and understanding of global intercultural communication in the context of globalisation. You will have become familiar with different approaches to these issues, and gained the ability to assess these approaches critically and to evaluate their usefulness to their own needs and circumstances.

The programme will provide a suitable foundation for further postgraduate studies at MPhil and PhD level.

Resources

The James Platt Centre houses a media library, a state-of-the-art digitised Sanako language laboratory and interpreting suite including high-spec professional interpreter training facilities, a large multi-media self-access resources room, including computer-assisted translation, and professional subtitling software (SDL Trados and MultiTerm 2014, MemoQ, WINcaps). These materials complement the excellent holdings of the UEA library. High quality IT facilities are available throughout the University.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND THOUGHT

This module is an introduction to some of the fundamental concepts in the fields of linguistic anthropology, intercultural communication and psycholinguistics. Since norms of behaviour are culturally defined and varied, the beliefs and values which underlie a culture's worldview will be examined from a variety of perspectives. Indicative topics are expected to include how culture is defined; models of explanation of cultural difference; the relation between language and thought and language and culture; verbal and non-verbal communication; miscommunication and intercultural conflict etc. The module is relevant to students from a variety of backgrounds and with varied interests and will provide useful background for the module "Intercultural Communication in Practice".

PPLC7010A

20

MA Dissertation Language and Communication Studies (MAGIC 60 credits)

The dissertation module is a compulsory requirement for all taught MA programmes and integrates a compulsory year-long programme of Academic and Research Skills training sessions. The choice of a research topic for the dissertation is made by the students in consultation with their course convenor and/or supervisor. Formative assessment for the module includes an Oral Viva based on an abstract, methodological outline and provisional bibliography for the dissertation in the early stages of the period of supervision.

PPLC7004X

60

NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY

Digital media and mobile technologies are often hyped as having revolutionised society. This module will provide students with an introduction to the ways in which the internet and other digital technologies are (and are not) affecting society from theoretical and empirical perspectives. The module is divided into three blocks: the first introduces the theoretical debates surrounding digital media; the second discusses how interpersonal relations are affected by digital media; the third addresses the impact of new media on politics. Topics covered include: the "network society"; social networking and virtual communities edemocracy, citizen journalism and online activism.

PPLM7000A

20

THE POWER OF DISCOURSE: REPRESENTATION AND INTERACTION

This module focuses on the ways in which language in use (discourse) is shaped by the socio-cultural context in which it occurs and the variety of communicative purposes it is used for. The module also highlights how particular uses of language, in turn, have the power to shape relationships and construct and maintain specific ideologies and perspectives. The module is suited to postgraduate students focusing on issues of linguistic communication, linguistic transferability (translation, adaptation, localization) and the persuasive, entertaining and relation-shaping power of language (politics, media, advertising, creative writing, journalism). There are plenty of opportunities for hands-on practice and discussion.

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20

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

CONFLICT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

The module introduces students to the study of intercultural conflict and conflict resolution, through case studies of miscommunication at the levels of everyday language use, business communication, international political disputes and the public representation of cross-cultural conflicts. The module enables students to apply discourse- and face/politeness-analytical methods to conflicts in intercultural communication on the basis of applied linguistics (contrastive semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics) and cultural studies. By the end of the course students will have an understanding of the linguistic dimensions of conflicts (and their mediation) in intercultural communication. Formative work includes oral and written presentations.

PPLC7008B

20

FORENSIC LINGUISTICS AND TRANSLATION

Forensic linguistics comprises the study of language in legal contexts, and this module includes the study of how laws and legal texts are interpreted and translated, how language can be used to one's advantage in the court of law and what the role of language is in breaking the law, investigating and solving crime. Translation is relevant in this context because it plays an important part in how information is obtained and understood in challenging circumstances, such as police interviews with witnesses and suspects. All these aspects of the subject are taught using authentic examples and materials for practical activities.

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INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN PRACTICE

This module explores the issues fundamental to intercultural communication (IC) in practical contexts. The theoretical component of the module examines the different ways of thinking about effective communication in a variety of work-based environments. We will also relate theory to the practice of intercultural communication in the LCS public lectures. During these lectures, invited practitioners will introduce students to how IC operates in specific organisations, e.g. in government agencies, in multilingual business management, education etc. The module is relevant to those wishing to pursue careers in international management and relations, multilingual business and international development; it is also of interest to those who wish to become more effective communicators in other professions such as translation, interpreting, education and cultural mediation.

PPLC7007B

20

INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

This module provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in the learning, teaching and assessment of intercultural communication from theoretical and empirical perspectives. The teaching is carefully structured around key themes, such as critical pedagogy, curriculum internationalisation, global citizenship and intercultural education, but flexible enough to suit individual interests, needs and career aspirations. The overarching aim is to explore the pedagogical tools of intercultural learning that can be applied by current or aspiring intercultural educators, trainers, mentors or coaches in their subject specialism. A distinctive feature of the module is the practical understanding and application of theories to specific teaching and training contexts and analysis of case studies in highly interactive and critically reflective teaching sessions. This module will enhance graduates' opportunities to gain employment where intercultural training and education is required, for example in multinational companies, non-governmental organisations, government departments, the education sector and health care industry. Open to both home and international students, and particularly suited to practising or future teachers, trainers, trainees, educators, coaches, consultants, mentors, curriculum developers and any other professionals in a broad range of fields (e.g. language teaching, content and language integrated learning, media, business, politics, international relations, translation and health care industry).

PPLC7014B

20

LANGUAGE ISSUES IN A GLOBAL MULTILINGUAL CONTEXT

This module focuses on language-related issues associated with the globalisation of communication and the media. It considers a range of materials - texts and their translation(s), multilingual sources of information (e.g. global news, consumer information, websites), products of audiovisual translation (e.g. subtitling, dubbing, voice over), IT mediated or processed texts, etc - to explore issues involved in the transposition and dissemination of (spoken and written) text into other media and other languages across different spheres of activity (e.g. media, politics, culture). Receptive knowledge of at least one language other than the mother tongue required.

PPLC7001B

20

MULTICULTURALISM

This module looks at the responses in political theory to the rise of multicultural societies in Europe and North America since the end of World War II. The aim is to introduce students to a range of contemporary theoretical perspectives on multiculturalism and to facilitate critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of competing approaches. Theorists under examination will include: Parekh, Kymlicka, Taylor and Modood as well as major liberal alternative views; Barry, Rawls and Raz. The module will combine theoretical study with analysis of practical issues/case studies surrounding multiculturalism. Among the issues to be considered are the following: models of integration, group rights, institutional racism, Islamophobia, and the Rushdie affair. The module will also consider divergent policies adopted within European states (eg, France and Germany) and give attention to the attempts to operationalise multiculturalism in the UK in particular via the Parekh Report.

PPLX7003B

20

POLITICS AND MEDIA

Working from the assumption that the media are an integral part of modern political life, this module examines the way in which politics is represented in the media and reviews critically the argument about 'bias'. It also explores the arguments around the ownership and control of media, the increasing use of the media by political parties and the changing relationship between citizens and politics engendered by new communication technologies.

PPLM7002B

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

•    IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
•    PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact the university directly for further information.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300
  • International Students: £14,800

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £820 per month.

Scholarships and Awards

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a number of Scholarships and Awards on offer. See further information relevant to Language and Communication Studies.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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