Understand Intercultural Contact








Last updated on July 15, 2024 12:13 am

Learn how the principles of intercultural contact challenge the way in which you think about social interaction with this online course from the University of Leeds.

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Who is the course for?

The course is for anyone with an interest in the concepts of culture and interculturality, you don’t need any previous experience.

This course is also ideal if you are preparing to move to a different country for work or study or you work with groups of people from different cultures to yours. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

What topics will you cover?

The history of intercultural contact and the effects of globalisation.

Intercultural competence – the skills necessary to interact effectively with people from different environments and backgrounds.

How critical incidents and rich points can provide fertile ground for developing intercultural awareness.

The effects of returning to “home” cultures following periods spent in another environment.

How preconceptions and assumptions affect intercultural contact.

Looking beyond national identity to find ways in which connections between people can be established.

An introduction to the way in which ethnography can be used to investigate cultural environments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

Explore intercultural contact from historical and global perspectives.

Investigate the ways in which people develop intercultural competence using the KASA model.

Compare different experiences of returning to “home” cultures following periods of absence.

Assess the usefulness of Holliday’s notion of blocks and threads to evaluate intercultural contact.

Explain how ethnographic study supports the investigation of cultural environments.

Investigate an example of intercultural contact using the ideas of critical incidents and rich points.

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