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Unit 1: Historical survey of the rise of English as a communicative tool in an international context. Introduction to key terms.
Unit 2: English in a global context. Which English?
Unit 3: English as a tool for intercultural communication. English vs. multilingualism. The access paradox.
Unit 1: Survey of theories and definitions of culture from historical and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Unit 2: Intercultural communication today. Contemporary definitions of intercultural competence. Why do we need it?
Unit 1: Historical overview of obstacles to intercultural communication, especially through Western racist and exclusionary theories and practices.
Unit 2: Philosophical origins of Western discriminatory ideologies. The development of gendered and racial stereotypes and prejudices. The practice of Othering.
Unit 1: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (selected extracts): racist or anti-imperialist text?
Unit 2: A Passage to India by E. M.Forster (selected extracts): “We’re not pleasant in India, and we don’t intend to be pleasant”.
Unit 1: A selection of writings by African American poet Langston Hughes: to hear another language.
Unit 2: The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy (selected extracts): ‘english’ stops where la frontera begins.