Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication

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In the course “Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communications": we will: 1) Build skills in the analysis of the intercultural communication process using Russian-Western communication as an example. 2) Apply the knowledge of interrelations between different contexts of communication (cultural, institutional, professional, social, interpersonal, etc.) to the cultural history and national psychology of Russians. The purpose of the course is to provide the students with a broad overview of the basic principles governing the past, the present and the future interactions between Russia and the West, with a focus on the culture and national psychology of Russians and Western Europeans. For example, we will look at the cases when basic cultural values of Russians show up through the linguistic choices shaping language production which is consequently misattributed by Western partners. No matter what the language of in... In the course “Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communications": we will: 1) Build skills in the analysis of the intercultural communication process using Russian-Western communication as an example. 2) Apply the knowledge of interrelations between different contexts of communication (cultural, institutional, professional, social, interpersonal, etc.) to the cultural history and national psychology of Russians. The purpose of the course is to provide the students with a broad overview of the basic principles governing the past, the present and the future interactions between Russia and the West, with a focus on the culture and national psychology of Russians and Western Europeans. For example, we will look at the cases when basic cultural values of Russians show up through the linguistic choices shaping language production which is consequently misattributed by Western partners. No matter what the language of intercultural communication is – Russian, or English – the meaning of many linguistic expressions may be reconstructed wrongly by the representatives of another culture. Some of the basic questions we will tackle are: • What are the concepts of culture that have the strongest influence on communication? • What are Russian basic cultural values and how they shape modern Russian consciousness? • What are the specific communication patterns of modern Russians, including those of public and electronic discourse? • What is important to know about communication with Russians in organizational contexts? Importantly, this course is NOT just a list of practical instructions of dos and don’ts of dealing with Russians. The course contains a substantial academic component introducing the key notions and concepts of the Theory of Communication, which will be extensively introduced throughout the first few modules of the course. These theoretical grounds will be further on used as a tool for analyzing the intercultural communications with Russians.
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4 years, 11 months ago
She's talk too fast and often get stuck in her own ideas, the letures are full of: "ahhhhh", "errrrrrrr", "hummmmm". like she is affraid that somebody will interrupt her...lol the pace of receiving information is not constant and leactures are not properly prepared and the format is really bad. It's a pity because she seems to have good ideas, but can't really listen to somebody that talk like that :p
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5 years, 1 month ago
This MOOC was a very interesting course - at first filled with a lot of theoretical background about (intercultural) communication and then with each week more coming closer to the specific subject of 'Understanding Russians'. Students indeed get a lot of insight information about Russian people and it helped me to understand certain behaviors that I would not have been able to decode without this course.  In some weeks, there were external people contributing to the course which was a good diversion to the classes held by the instructor. The instructor Mira Bergelson is a person for which I have a deep respect, she is very committed to the topic and in general, has a profound knowledge about it. The teaching style is kind of strict and also quizzes demand that you have really paid attention during the lectures, but I actually prefer this style compared to MOOCs that I have attended from US- American universities. At first, I did no... This MOOC was a very interesting course - at first filled with a lot of theoretical background about (intercultural) communication and then with each week more coming closer to the specific subject of 'Understanding Russians'. Students indeed get a lot of insight information about Russian people and it helped me to understand certain behaviors that I would not have been able to decode without this course.  In some weeks, there were external people contributing to the course which was a good diversion to the classes held by the instructor. The instructor Mira Bergelson is a person for which I have a deep respect, she is very committed to the topic and in general, has a profound knowledge about it. The teaching style is kind of strict and also quizzes demand that you have really paid attention during the lectures, but I actually prefer this style compared to MOOCs that I have attended from US- American universities. At first, I did not like the fact that the grading foresaw 10 points (out of 100) for the participation in the discussion forum, because normally I do not spend my time in such forums (actually because you can easily lose track of what you wanted or at least, this is my case). Since I did not want to lose those 10 points, I stepped in and discovered the interesting discussions going on there and surprise (!), the instructor was participating herself in some threads and contributed again with her knowledge and/or opinion. The assignments were though and demanded a lot of analysis and understanding of the Russian culture. The grading was strict, but again, I prefer those clear rules, also because people who are not 100% interested in the topic will disappear sooner or later.
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