Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Language and Culture




University of Leeds


Future Learn


Free (certificate fee: USD$ 69, optional)

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This course discusses language as a social construction and examines how it relates to cultural identity. It is offered by the University of Leeds through Future Learn, an online education platform.

The participants will analyze intercultural communication by understanding the relationship between language and cultural identity. The course begins by explaining what language is, how it relates to the way we think and how it is shaped by the culture it originates from. It describes how language is used for intercultural communication. In this course, participants will examine the difficulties of translation and how politeness is expressed across cultures. Additionally, it describes the controversial issue of language loss by examining the reasons and its implications for cultural identity.

Some of the course contents are:

  • Language, nation and cultural identity
  • Language and translation
  • Language and politeness
  • Language and thought