FSK10 East Asian Culture and Communication
This course provides basic knowledge of issues relevant for understanding Chinese and Japanese
business culture and communication. It covers culture spesific themes such as: uchi and soto (cf.
hierarchy), mianzi (face), guanxi (cf. relationships), honne and tatemae (cf. indirectness). It also
encourages critical reflection on one's own cultural values and on existing theories and concepts within the
field of intercultural business communication.
Upon successful completion of the course, the students have acquired the following:
- understand similarities and differences in Western and East Asian attitudes, norms, and values directing daily life and business practices.
- knowledge of relevant theories related to intercultural business communication
- able to reflect on the values underlying behaviour and communication in East Asia with special reference to Japan and China.
- able to critically assess the theories related to intercultural business communication
- improved soft skills to work in East Asian settings
- improved critical thinking
Group discussions, case studies, field work, and presentations. The course requires the students' active participation.
Attendance is mandatory for 75 % of the lectures.
Two group presentations of the field work results in class: 1) preliminary findings, 2) final analysis
Discussion of another group's presentation
Portfolio assessment consisting of: 1) an individual reflection paper, and 2) a group report based on fieldwork. One grade is given for the portfolio. The entire portfolio must be completed in the teaching semester.
A - F
A selection of book chapters and articles will be made available on Canvas/Leganto.
- ECTS Credits
- Teaching language
Annelise Ly (main course responsible) & Kristin Rygg, Department of professional and intercultural communication (FSK)