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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
26 minutes to complete

Introduction to the Course

Dear Student, welcome to the first module of the course "Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication"! My name is Mira Bergelson and I will teach this class, assisted by Yulia Badryzlova, Tatiana Golubeva and the team of Coursera and HSE technical specialists. Thanks for joining us and for your interest in the Russian communication patterns.

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2 videos (Total 6 min), 2 readings
2 videos
Meet the Team3m
2 readings
F.A.Q.10m
Grading and Requirements10m
2 hours to complete

Intercultural Communication as an Academic Discipline

We want this course to be not only a learning experience, but a cultural journey full of discoveries and fun. We will begin by introducing the notion of Intercultural Communication. We will look at ICC as an academic field: have a glimpse of its history, look at its place among other disciplines, discover possible approaches to it, and see why it is important to study the context of cultural events and phenomena.

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7 videos (Total 90 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
1.2 What is Intercultural Communication?9m
1.3 History of Intercultural Communication: An Overview.17m
1.4 Intercultural Communication in the Context of Other Disciplines.12m
1.5 Different Approaches to Intercultural Communications. Relations Between Culture and Language.12m
1.6 Role of Context. Formats of Intercultural Communication. Definition of Intercultural Communication.17m
1.7 Structure of the Course.7m
4 readings
Weekly Reading10m
Note to Quiz 110m
Links featured in lecture videos10m
Lecture Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 118m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Culture in Intercultural Communication

This lecture will focus around Culture per se and the language we need to be able to discuss it. The more complex and less formalized is the subject of the discussion, the more crucial are its instruments. We will introduce various dimensions that are applicable to different cultures and will also start to discuss the Russian culture in these terms. Starting this week we will also present short interviews of Prof. Bergelson's with people (non-Russians culturally) who have lived and worked in Russia, and who will serve as experts on various issues and contexts of communication with Russians. As stereotypes are one of the central concepts in the cross-cultural discourse, this week we will see interviews centered on this topic. The experts you will meet -- and not only this week -- are Anna Skaya (CEO VisualDNA Russia), Michael Johnston, (Private Equity Sector Lead Director of Strategy at Deloitte), and Ilya Gnoensky who specializes in crisis management.

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12 videos (Total 151 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
2.2. Components and Characteristics of Culture14m
2.3. Culture's Dimensions: Value Orientations13m
2.4. Cultural Orientations Model (COM)11m
2.5 Culture's Consequences14m
2.6. Cultural Knowledge and Stereotypes13m
2.7. Interview: Stereotypes about Russia, Expats' Opinions (A. Skaya and M. Johnston)7m
2.8. Basic Values of Russian Culture17m
2.9. Russian Cultural Dimensions: Environment and Time14m
2.10. Russian Cultural Dimensions: Time and Action12m
2.11. Interview: Expert (I. Gnoensky) on Importance of Intercultural Studies.6m
2.12 Interview: Expert (I. Gnoensky) on goal-setting and responsibility-taking in Russian business culture.8m
4 readings
Weekly Reading10m
Note to Quiz 210m
Links featured in lecture videos10m
Lecture Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 242m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Theory of Communication

In this week's lectures we will shift our focus, and will be looking at the basics of communication in order to apply them later to the Russian communication style. We hope you will find this information useful for understanding various motives that govern the way people (not only Russians!) interact. Anna Skaya and Michael Johnston will continue to be our experts, and your weekly quiz will await you as well. We wish you a nice learning experience in this section of the course.

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9 videos (Total 130 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
3.2. Language as a Means of Communication14m
3.3. Discourse Approach to Communication15m
3.4. Communication as Transaction. Communication Functions15m
3.5. Interview: Experts (M. Johnston, A. Skaya) about Communication and Language Barriers in Business in Russia6m
3.6. More about ommunication: Levels, Models, Pragmatic Competencies19m
3.7. Language Functions16m
3.8. Linguistic Instruments of Human Interaction: The Cooperative Principle15m
3.9. Speech Acts Theory: Cross-cultural Aspects13m
4 readings
Weekly Reading10m
Note to Quiz 310m
References to works quoted in lecture videos10m
Lecture Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 340m
Week
4
6 hours to complete

Culture’s Impact on Communication: Politeness

The lectures you'll see this week will be devoted to the linguocultural aspects of Politeness in Russian communication style and to other dimensions of Russian communication. We will meet an exciting new expert, Jennifer Eremeeva, an American author and blogger based in Moscow. And it's time for the first peer-reviewed assignment, "Critical incident analyzed". It offers you a critical incident of communication with Russian partners, in which you are expected to both simulate your response and give your analysis of what is culturally sensitive in this piece of discourse.

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11 videos (Total 144 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
4.2. Face Threatening Acts and Politeness18m
4.3. Power and Distance Cross-culturally13m
4.4. Pragmatic Control Principle7m
4.5. Politeness systems: Where do Russians belong?14m
4.6. Culturally Determined Forms of Communication14m
4.7. Russian Communication Style13m
4.8. Features to Compare12m
4.9. Russian Communication: Expressive Use of Language7m
4.10. Summary of Culture's Influence on Communication14m
4.11. Interview: Expert (I. Gnoensky) Analyzes Peer-Review Assignment18m
3 readings
Weekly Reading10m
Note to Quiz 410m
Lecture Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 444m
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