East Asian Culture and Communication

FSK10 East Asian Culture and Communication

Spring 2019

Autumn 2019
  • Topics

    Basic theories about attitudes, norms and values in intercultural communication relevant to a discussion of Chinese and Japanese behaviour and communication. Culture specific themes: uchi and soto (cf. hierarchy), mianzi (face), guanxi (cf. relationships), honne and tatemae (cf. indirectness).

  • Learning outcome

    At the end of this course:

    • You are able to identify and reflect on the values underlying behaviour and communication in East Asia with special reference to Japan and China.
    • You understand similarities and differences in Scandinavian and East Asian attitudes, norms, and values directing daily life and business practices.
    • You have had a first glimpse into Chinese and Japanese languages and communication.
    • You have acquired intercultural competence that makes you better able to feel comfortable in business relations with "non-westerners" and, especially, East Asians.

  • Teaching

     Lectures, discussions, and group work. The course requires the students' active participation.

  • Credit reduction due to overlap

    Overlap with VOA045

  • Requirements for course approval

    Attendance is mandatory for 75 % of the lectures.

  • Assessment

    Student presentation and active participation in class (40%)

    Two written reports (60%). These reports shall be written in English.

    Candidates must pass all parts of the exam in the same term.

  • Grading Scale

    Grades A - F for the assessment parts and for the overall grade.

  • Computer tools


  • Literature

    A selection of book chapters and articles will be made available on Canvas.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn, offered Autumn 2018

Course responsible

Annelise Ly & Kristin Rygg, Department of professional and intercultural communication (FSK)