Course Description

Course Name

Intercultural Studies

Session: VPRS3121

Hours & Credits

3 US Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.

Overview

COURSE DESCRIPTION &OBJECTIVES :
The objective of this course is to explore the complexity of the world we find ourselves in, the very world in which we will carry out our professional activities. From that standpoint, it is imperative that each student learns to identify, assess, and respond constructively to cultural disparities and to understand the construction of culture from an ideological point of view.
At the end of this course students will understand the profound consequences of the ??construction of the other,?? the political ramifications of notions of ??culture,?? and ??nation.?? The consequences of such ideas as nation exceptionalism, thus understanding appropriate attitudes and steps that can circumvent cross-cultural failures. And to develop a critical approach to existing models with a view to reduce/eliminate sterotypical behaviors.

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODOLOGY :
The course will be a series of lectures, class presentations & class exercises. Research will also be required on different subjects. Will be covered in class :
- Background to intercultural studies ; ethnocentrism ; culture shock
- Concepts developed by Edward T. Hall ? high context/low context culture ; monochronic/polychronic
- Concepts developed by Geert Hofstede : power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualistic/collectivist, masculine/feminine
- systems of education in different countries
- world religions ? Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Protestantism

TEXTS:
The Cultural Dimensions of International Business, Ferraro, Pearson, 7th Ed, 2012

EVALUATION :
The final grade will be determined as follows: midterm 40%, final 40%, class participation 20%.

*Course content subject to change