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ICT35M1 Ethics and intercultural communications

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Module name:

Ethics and intercultural communications

Scope and form:

This module will provide training in research integrity and professionalism; face to face, teaching and discussions, individual assessments.

Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

15 weeks; (2 hours course, 2 hours seminar, 6 hours individual study)/week

Type of assessment:

continuous (3 papers bases on discussions and analyses of case studies), final exam

Qualified Prerequisites:


General module objectives:

The module presents an introduction to the ethical issues at stake in the conduct of research. The topics range in scope from the broad issues relating to social responsibility, research funding, publications, and behaving and communicate properly online, to more narrow topics such as: ethical aspects of using data, citing published works, deciding authorship matters, privacy in information security, awareness of ethical and cultural issues etc. Due to the importance of certain areas, some issues related to intercultural communication, are addressed, especially in cyberspace. The students will learn how to deal with these problems and, based on case studies, find appropriate solutions for responsible conduct of research and online communication.

Topics and short description:

1.Scientific research and ethics
2.Definitions, ethical theories and principles
3.Steps in scientific research – ethical considerations
4.Data acquisition and ethical management of data
5.Ethical issues and problems involving authorship
6.Publication and peer review processes
7.Misconduct in research
8.Intellectual propriety – ethical and legal foundations
9.Conflicts of interests and scientific objectivity
10.Rules on how to behave and communicate online
11.Internet legal and ethical issues. The ethics of electronic commerce
12.Ethical aspects regarding cybercrime
13.Privacy, Ethic and Legal issues in Information Security
14.Role, significance, awareness and implementation of education of Information Security
15.Culture and intercultural differences,
16.International Communication: International organizations, communication in the organization for the needs of international cooperation, multiculturality, working groups, work on projects.
17.Intercultural Communication: Cases (Unspoken rules of various cultures, nonverbal misunderstanding, foreign values and behaviour, verbal and non-verbal communication)
18.Stereotypes, cultural shock, reverse cultural shock

Learning outcomes:




Assure the quality of research and data integrity

Ability to understand the basic concepts and principles of ethics

Analyze and identify the ethical issues in research

Ethical data management

Ability to ethical conduct in different steps of the research process

Assure the quality of research and data integrity

Aspects regarding authorship

Ability to establish types of authorship in accordance with ethical criteria

Determine authorship in accordance with each author contribution

Ethical issues regarding publications

Ability to understand the ethical responsibilities of review process and intellectual propriety

Determine the quality of a publication and analyze if the intellectual propriety rights are respected

Ethical issues and rules regarding the access of Internet and online communication

Ability to analyze from ethical point of view the behavior in online communications

Detect the possible ethical threats related to use of Internet

Ethical issues and rules regarding the privacy in information security

Ability to analyze from ethical point of view the privacy in the information security

Detect the possible ethical threats related to publishing data in the Internet

Awareness about the importance of ethical and cultural issues

Ability to understand importance of awareness of ethical and cultural issues

Analyze and identify the awareness of ethical and cultural issues

Culture and intercultural differences

Ability to analyze different cultures and differences between them

Detect the possible cultural and intercultural threats related to cyberspaces

Recommended literature:

1.ShuangLiu, Zala Volčič & Cindy Gallois: Introducing Intercultural Communication – Global Cultures and Contexts, SAGE, 2015
2.Adil Shamoo, David Resnik – Responsible Conduct of Research 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2009
3.Caroline Whitbeck - Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2011
4.Fred E.Jandt: An Introduction to Intercultural Communication – Identities in a Global Community SAGE, 2015
5.Virginia Shea - The Core Rules of Netetiquette, available at:
6.Internet Legal and Ethical Issues, available at:
7.Eric Jardine - Global Cyberspace Is Safer than You Think: Real Trends in Cybercrime, Series: Global Commission on Internet Governance Paper Series, 2015, available at: