In this unit (to accompany the SAPIENS podcast S6E8), students will learn how crucial intercultural understanding is to the globalized world. Knowing that culture impacts people’s speech, actions, and thoughts, students will evaluate how understanding these differences is the initial step to gaining intercultural competence. The class will explore challenges to intercultural understanding and learn how empathy, active listening, and dialogue play a role in effective intercultural communication.
That which occurs in or amongst two or more cultural groups.
A preconceived negative attitude held toward a group.
A belief, often negative, held about a group of people based on a particular characteristic.
Conklin, Alice and Mireille Rosello. “Declining the Stereotype: Ethnicity and Representation in French Cultures.” The Journal of Modern History 72, no. 2 (2000): 543-545.
Tentori, Tullio. “Brainstorming on Intercultural Communication.” Current Anthropology 37, no. 5 (1996): 868.
Slides: Intercultural Understanding
Article: Stephen M. Croucher’s “Intercultural Communication: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going, Issues We Face”
Book: Stephen Bochner’s “Cultures in Contact: Studies in Cross-Cultural Interaction”
Video: Pellegrino Riccardi’s TedxTalks “Cross Cultural Communication“
Aimee L. Richards, Freedom Learning Group