Exploring Intercultural Identity: An Ethnographic Approach

This course will illuminate key dimensions of identity by introducing intercultural theories and divergent values, behaviors and worldviews. Students will gain a greater understanding of the cross-cultural lenses of difference by discussing leading research in the field, engaging in case studies, exercises and group discussions and by applying central ethnographic methods to better understand the self and diversity at-large. Students will be encouraged to consider how active listening, observation and effective interviewing techniques facilitate our understanding of others whose values and attitudes may be contrary to our own. This seminar is designed for participants seeking heightened awareness of personal identity and effective tools of intercultural understanding and communication.

Learning Outcomes

By the course’s end, students will be better equipped to:

• Comprehend key intercultural theories and dimensions that define various cultural orientations.

• Employ ethnographic methods in gathering and analyzing information, and create culturally-appropriate strategies to enhance communication.

• Approach cross-cultural challenges with confidence and with an effective toolbox of management strategies.

• Grasp the value of reflection, open-mindedness, listening and critical thinking skills.

• Communicate more effectively, and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds.

10:00am-5:00pm on Sunday, Saturday at MRSE B206 (Feb 6, 2016 to Feb 7, 2016)
10:00am-5:00pm on Sunday, Saturday at MRSE B206 (Mar 12, 2016 to Mar 13, 2016)
2:00pm-5:00pm on Friday at MRSE B206 (Feb 5, 2016 to Feb 5, 2016)
2:00pm-5:00pm on Friday at MRSE B206 (Mar 11, 2016 to Mar 11, 2016)
Morse B206