Inter-culturally Speaking (Online)
We often interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, and we need to do it in ways that work. This course provides you with an opportunity to explore your own cultural identities from different viewpoints and to develop a clearer perception of others and of how they may see you. It will make you a more aware and efficient intercultural communicator and a more capable and valuable participant in diverse groups.
My culture, myself?
Are we just who we think we are, or are we also who others think we are? Are we born prejudiced? Can we talk of ‘national characteristics’? How can we best reach those from other cultures in a pluralistic society, in a globalized world? How can we best live together on this planet?
If you have asked yourself these or similar questions, this course will interest you. It will not provide all answers, or even most answers, but it will lead you to consider and critically evaluate your own cultural identities, to take the need for group cohesion into account, to consider different personality types and cultural characteristics, to recognize the implications of cultural diversity, and to better communicate and work creatively with others from different cultures (most people you meet!).
For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.
Unit 1. My culture myself? What is culture anyway?
Unit 2. Four-letter descriptions of personality: Typological approaches to personality
Unit 3. The limits of my language, the limits of my world?: Language thought and social identity
Unit 4. What you think I mean is not what I think I said: Gender and social class as realised in social interaction
Unit 5. I’m late, I’m late. For a very important date: The relative importance of time, space, context and nonverbal communication in different cultures
Unit 6. Mexicans dance on their hats: Geert Hofstede’s ‘dimensions’ of national cultures
Unit 7. Born prejudiced?: Cultural cohesion, prejudice and stereotypes of ‘the other’
Unit 8. Meeting the other: From culture shock, to misunderstandings, to acculturation
Unit 9. Mind your manners: Business cultures and doing business in a globalised world
Unit 10. Do as the Romans do – or try to understand their behaviour from their point of view: Inter-cultural competencies, developing a third perspective, what makes an inter-cultural mediator
We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.
To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet. There are no required textbooks.
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to register and pay the £10 fee.
For more information on CATS point please click on the link below: http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/studentsupport/faq/cats.php
Coursework is an integral part of all online courses and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.
All students who successfully complete this course, whether registered for credit or not, are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Completion consists of submitting both course assignments and actively participating in the course forums. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
Home/EU fee: £260.00
Non-EU fee: £295.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00
Ms Marisol de Lafuente Duff
Inspiring, experienced teacher, Marisol has (co) authored many courses for English and Spanish as foreign languages. Prizes - Duke of Edinburgh Award, Commendation - Foreign Language Awards
Expertise in inter-culturalism arises from psychology background, foreign language teaching experience, and needs of BA students’ study abroad periods. Co- designed Intercultural Learning Module (King’s College).
The course will enable students to:
- think critically and engage in informed discussion of theoretical principles and key psychological and cultural concepts
- appreciate individual psychological differences
- understand the importance of coexisting cultural differences in the early 21st century
- appreciate and critically evaluate their own cultures
- recognize the nature and implications of cultural diversity
- apply strategies which will enable them to be effective intercultural communicators
- research a topic, extracting and synthesising key information and drawing informed conclusions from analysis of theoretical concepts and their own observations
- work creatively and flexibly with others from similar and different cultures
- work with a degree of autonomy, self-discipline and time management
Although this course requires understanding of theoretical concepts, it is also an experiential course which requires students to reflect on their own cultural identities, beliefs and perceptions, and at times to share these reflections with their fellow students.
By the end of this course students will be expected to understand:
- salient theoretical notions of culture and identity
- the process of acculturation
- fundamental psychological concepts, e.g. conscious and unconscious, Jungian typology
- the role of language in the shaping of thought and social identity
- models of culture classification
- the principles of intercultural competence
By the end of this course students will be expected to have gained the following skills:
- thinking reflectively about of their own cultures, behaviours and beliefs
- evaluating practices and products from multiple cultural perspectives
- ability to critique theoretical positions
- ability to think inter-culturally
- applying strategies which will enable them to be effective intercultural communicators
- working productively with others from similar and different cultural backgrounds
Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment due half way through the course and one longer assignment due at the end of the course. Students will have about two weeks to complete each assignment.
Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.
Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.
Level and demands
FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.
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