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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 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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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
Video2 videos
Meet the Team3m
Reading2 lecturas
F.A.Q.10m
Grading and Requirements10m
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2 horas para completar

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
Video7 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
Reading4 lecturas
Weekly Reading10m
Note to Quiz 110m
Links featured in lecture videos10m
Lecture Notes10m
Quiz1 ejercicio de práctica
Quiz 118m

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4 horas para completar

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
Video12 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
Reading4 lecturas
Weekly Reading10m
Note to Quiz 210m
Links featured in lecture videos10m
Lecture Notes10m
Quiz1 ejercicio de práctica
Quiz 242m

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4 horas para completar

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
Video9 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
Reading4 lecturas
Weekly Reading10m
Note to Quiz 310m
References to works quoted in lecture videos10m
Lecture Notes10m
Quiz1 ejercicio de práctica
Quiz 340m

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6 horas para completar

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
Video11 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
Reading3 lecturas
Weekly Reading10m
Note to Quiz 410m
Lecture Notes10m
Quiz1 ejercicio de práctica
Quiz 444m
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por SSJul 26th 2017

This is a fantastic course. I really appreciate everyone who has created this course. This is a very intriguing course.\n\nI am still taking it, but I'm leaving a review now so I don't forget later.

por TJJul 7th 2017

An excellent course! Subject matter was interesting and well-presented!

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Mira Bergelson

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Philological Faculty

Acerca de National Research University Higher School of Economics

National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) is one of the top research universities in Russia. Established in 1992 to promote new research and teaching in economics and related disciplines, it now offers programs at all levels of university education across an extraordinary range of fields of study including business, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, political science, international relations, law, Asian studies, media and communications, IT, mathematics, engineering, and more. Learn more on www.hse.ru...

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