As the world becomes more globalized, and societies become more culturally diverse, it is essential for individuals to develop the skills to communicate effectively with others in intercultural environments. Intercultural communication competences are useful for facilitating education at EUR but also for our students when they start working in modern organizations. The goal of this teaching module is to provide a basic training in intercultural communication, that is relevant to students in all educational programs at EUR.
The method employed in this teaching module is rooted in empirical research from a number of different fields, including anthropology, sociology, (cross-cultural) psychology, intercultural communication, and intercultural management.
After completing the module, participants should:
- have knowledge and understanding of the main approaches of intercultural communication, from a social scientific perspective
- be able to reflect on their own cultural background and personal norms, values, and assumptions.
- have an understanding of their own intercultural competences, how to apply them in intercultural situations, and how to develop them in the future.
The content of this module can be delivered both in online and offline format. It consists of two 3-hour workshops (6 hours total), in groups of 15-20 students.
This teaching module was developed by Dr. Joep Hofhuis, at the department of Media and Communication, of the Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication (ESHCC), with financial support from the Community for Learning and Innovation (CLI).