Denmark, Aarhus

Intercultural Communication in Business

when 16 July 2014 - 5 August 2014
duration 3 weeks
credits 9.9 EC

Recent trends in international trade have accelerated moves towards the globalisation of communication issues. This process of globalisation offers a topical illustration of the interaction between linguistic and cultural factors in the construction of discourse, both within specialised domains and in wider contexts. This globalising trend has also affected the business field, where an international perspective is becoming more and more widespread. Indeed, nowadays many of the texts in use at a local level are the result of a process of translation or adaptation of more general documents formulated at an international level. The analysis of these phenomena is a source of valuable evidence as to the language-culture interface.

Course leader

Maurizio Gotti, University of Bergamo

Target group

Bachelor's students

Course aim

The course first examines the main features of specialised discourse and then explores intercultural communication in specialist fields, giving special attention to business discourse from an intercultural perspective. The importance of the use of English as a lingua franca is also taken into consideration as well as its influence on the linguistic and textual realisations at an international level.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. Freemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.