Living & Working Around the Globe in the 21st Century
(Peace and Conflict Studies 119 P004 Fall Semester 2014, Four Units)
This four-unit course created at International House provides the knowledge and skills to be more effective in the global arena. We study how culture shapes perceptions, defines relationships and influences how people around the globe communicate or miscommunicate across cultures. Led by an international teaching team, the focus is both geographic and conceptual as students identify their own cultural compass and learn to assess other cultures with reference to selected cultures in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin and North America.
Navigating Cultures incorporates case studies and practical, hands-on simulations from business, diplomacy, politics and everyday life to take students beyond the class room. These will be supplemented with thought provoking presentations from guest speakers, lively discussions and the occasional YouTube or film clip.
By the end of the semester students will have a better understanding of their own cultural compass and tools to assess and interact with other cultures in an insightful and nonjudgmental manner. Those who come to think and act effectively across cultures will have gained essential tools for living, working and thriving in a globalized world.
Course Control Number: 66742 (PACS 119 Special Topics 004)
Class size is strictly limited to facilitate class participation. Interested students are encouraged to register early.