Summer school on Intercultural Relations, Turku, Finland, August 2016

Introducing and Exploring Intercultural Relations in Everyday Life 

August 9-19, 2016 in Turku, Finland

We keep hearing that we are living in an intercultural world and that we need to prepare for it. What does this really mean? How do we meet ‘other’ people?
What are intercultural relations made of? This introductory course will tell you everything about the knotty idea of the ‘intercultural’ and help you to deal with it.
Short description:
This course introduces and explores intercultural relations in daily life and proposes to move beyond certain assumptions towards a richer and more realistic understanding of the word ‘intercultural’. The course will be of interest to anyone who wrestles with this knotty but central notion of our times. Many concepts such as culture, identity, intercultural competence and intercultural communication are discussed and revised. Myths about interculturality are also unpacked and dispelled. The course proposes a very useful framework to address theoretical and methodological issues related to intercultural relations. Fieldwork in Finland will help the students to apply their knowledge to the reality of everyday life.
Target audience: Students with at least two years of completed Bachelor’s studies in any field.
– minimum 2 years of completed Bachelor’s studies in any field of study.
– a motivation letter of max 300 words written in English explaining clearly and honestly why the student is interested in the course, what s/he expects to get out of it and how s/he plans to use what s/he has learnt in her/his future life.
The student will be able to
reassess and discuss the definition and importance of intercultural relations today
develop a useful framework to address conceptual and methodological issues in relation to intercultural relations
analyse, explain and approach intercultural relations from a critical and reflexive perspective
criticise simplistic ideas about intercultural relations
definitions of intercultural relations, culture, identity, diversity, community
the meanings of globalization
myths around interculturality
othering, stereotyping, representations
human rights and interculturality
dynamic intercultural competence
an introduction to the basis of discourse analysis
4 days of 5 hours contact learning in classroom per week + 1 day of fieldwork per week.
Lectures 32 h, workshop 8h, fieldwork 12 h, group work 22 h, individual work 23 h = 97 h
Learning materials
Articles, presentations, audiovisual material, webpages
Dervin, F. (2016). Interculturality in Communication and Education: A Theoretical and Methodological Toolbox. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Holliday, A. (2010). Intercultural communication and ideology. London: Sage.
Group work and participation 20 %, discussion of readings 20%, final essay 60 %.
This International Summer School course is organized in cooperation with the Education for Diversities Research Group (E4D), the CERG Research Group at the University of Helsinki, Finland and Universiti Putra Malaysia
Fred Dervin, Professor of Multicultural Education, Department of Teacher Education, Finland and Director of the Education for Diversities Research Group
Regis Machart, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Anu Härkönen, PhD researcher and Head of International Affairs, Turku University of Applied Sciences
Max. number of students: 25
Fee 600 €
The participation fee includes
social programme
NB. Accommodation not included
Fee for Turku University of Applied Sciences, the University of Turku and the University of Helsinki Students 0 €
NB. Social programme not included. The fee for the social programme 120 €

Cancellation Policy
Places will not be held for applicants whose fees are not paid in full by the due date.
Participants will under no circumstances be allowed to participate in the Summer School unless the participation fee has been paid in full by 15th June 2016.

If you cancel your participation in the Summer School and have made housing arrangements, please note that you must also cancel your housing arrangements.

The following cancellation policy applies in all cases, where the participant has paid the participation fee, but wishes to cancel his/her registration in the Summer School:
Cancellations received prior to 15 June 2016: 100€
Cancellations received after 15 June 2016: Paid in full.
The organisers of the Summer School reserve the right to cancel the Summer School, if the number of participants is insufficient.