The general purpose of the course is to offer a structured, science-based impulse towards the permanent development and cultivation of intercultural communication as a key professional and academic competence. To that end, the course pursues long-term and short-term goals.
Our long-term purposes are to help participants:
- improve the basic attitudes described in the intercultural competence model (respect, openness, etc.);
- improve their knowledge (cultural self-awareness, etc.) and skills (observation, evaluation, analysis, etc.), stimulating a shift in their frame of reference (adaptability, empathy, ethnorelative view, flexibility);
- become more effective and appropriate in the way they communicate and behave in intercultural contexts.
In order to set these long-term learning processes in motion, the contents and exercises of the course focus on short-term learning goals that consist of:
The contents cover among other aspects:
- The Fuzzy Culture Model
- The “cultural dimensions” tool
- Critical incidents