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INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCES IN A VUCA SOCIETY

Become a great 21st-century professional! Acquire the intercultural skills you need to become competent and aware!



TYPE OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY

Accelerated Course



LENGTH

2 Weeks



EFFORT

10 hours per week





LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English



WHO SHOULD APPLY

Students, executives, professionals, or consultants in need of developing intercultural competencies for their field of knowledge or expertise.



COURSE OFFERINGS AND COURSE CALENDAR

The course will be offered every July and October. It will start on the first Monday of each month and run for three consecutive weeks. Synchronous class meetings will take place each week's Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 pm (US EST).



REGISTRATION

Registration will be open on a rolling basis and will close the Monday prior to the start of the course (last Monday of June or September) by 11:59 pm (US EST).



CAPACITY

Minimum, eight participants. Maximum, twenty participants.



CREDITS (ECTS)

One credit.



COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course focuses on the phenomenon of intercultural competences in social, psychological, sociological, and business contexts. Major theoretical issues and cultural criteria/dimensions are studied and highlighted to illustrate the challenges of dealing with cultures and identities in all of their complexity. It is intended to increase awareness of the participants’ own cultural dynamics and expose them to the necessary knowledge and skills to perceive and understand intercultural cultural communication issues in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) setting.



COURSE PURPOSE AND EXPECTED PARTICIPANT LEARNING OUTCOME

This course has been designed for participants to achieve and identify elements and functions of intercultural communication, as well as the acquisition of intercultural competences that will help them in their professional fields of knowledge or expertise.



By successfully completing the course, participants will

  1. Recognize the fundamental aspects of intercultural competences.
  2. Increase their awareness of the different communication styles across cultures.
  3. Develop positive attitudes towards people from different cultural backgrounds.
  4. Identify the connection between communication and culture.
  5. Examine values and cultural patterns in order to generate respect and understanding of cultural differences.
  6. Delve into some cultural identities and their impact on perception and communication.
  7. Analyze language and culture to perceive their influence in shaping one’s perception of the world.



COURSE CONTENT

Week 1

Unit 1: Cultural Factors in International Business

Unit 2: Intercultural Communication



Week 2

Unit 3: Worldview — Comparative Geographical Realities

Unit 4: The Importance of Being Culturally Competent

Unit 5: Social Identity and Stereotyping



GENERAL OBJECTIVES:



To recognize the fundamental aspects of intercultural competences.

To increase their awareness of the different communication styles across cultures.

To develop positive attitudes towards people from different cultural backgrounds.

To identify the connection between communication and culture.

To examine values and cultural patterns in order to generate respect and understanding of cultural differences.

To analyze language and culture to perceive their influence in shaping one’s perception of the world.





HOW TO APPLY AND REGISTER:

Via Woolf’s Hieronymus College registration link



REMARKS

  • (a) Once the course reaches its maximum registration capacity, additional applicants will be guaranteed a seat next time the course is offered, for which a strict application order will be followed.
  • (b) In the event the course does not meet the minimum application required, Hieronymus College reserves the right to cancel it. Registered participants will have a one-time option of (i) getting a refund on all paid fees or
  • (ii) transferring their registration to a future offering of the same course.



TEACHING MODE

The course will be delivered fully online. Most lessons (lectures and assignments) will be taught asynchronously. Materials may be accessed at any time to be completed at the participants' own pace/availability. 20-30% of the course will be taught synchronously, though, so that participants may have the opportunity to discuss the topics covered in the course units.



COURSE MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

All materials and resources are included in the course price and will be available to participants once they have applied, registered, and paid the tuition fee.



METHODOLOGY

Lessons will be delivered via PowerPoint-like presentations. These will include text readings, audio files, and visuals to aid in comprehension of the new vocabulary, listening, and written activities. Lessons are to be covered individually by participants in an asynchronous manner. It is expected for participants to cover and work on 2-3 lessons each week (approximately 8-10 hours of work, depending on individual pace).



  • Participants will submit all weekly assignments by Friday at 11:59 pm (US EST). The tutor will check completion and progress and will provide feedback.



GRADING AND CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing the course, provided they submit all required assignments by their due date and take an active part in the three scheduled synchronous class meetings. There will be no final exam.



PREREQUISITES

Advanced level of English (B2).

    Application requirements

    Applicants should do the following:

    • Fill out and verify your profile.
    • Optionally, you may wish to note any disabilities which you think relevant to your application.
  • Accreditation: Unaccredited
  • Total workload: 25 hours
  • Requires extra purchases (outside texts, etc.): No, all materials included
  • ID verification: Required
  • Admission requirements: Application required
  • Minimum education requirement for students: None