ILAS Seminar-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS70 10002 SE50 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type seminar
Target Year Mainly 1st year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Tue.5
Instructor name LAHOURNAT,Florence (Disaster Prevention Research Institute Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This seminar is designed as an introduction to cross-cultural communication and aims at providing a working level of cross-cultural competence.
With an emphasis on approaching and understanding other cultures and communication without bias, it will cover basic concepts and principles necessary for the promoting and improving of cultural self-awareness and inter-group, cross-cultural communication.
With the basic question of what culture is as a starting point, we will explore the mechanisms of culture and inter-group relationships and their implications in our perceptions of ourselves and others along the following themes: cultural awareness, cultural identity, ethnocentrism and cultural relativism, stereotype and prejudice, cultural competence.
Course Goals The objectives of this seminar are for students to:
- gain an understanding and good command of the basic notions related to culture and cross-cultural communication
- acquire awareness and understanding of cultural processes (including our own preconceptions), the dynamic aspect of cross-cultural adaptation, and the impact of culture on communication
- become comfortable formulating ideas and opinions, and engaging in discussions on specific topics.
Schedule and Contents This is a seminar-type class. Each session will start with a short lecture and rely mostly on discussion and group work based on this week's topic and readings.

1- orientation and overview
2- introduction to the notion of culture
3- Social and cultural identities
4- Culture and worldviews
5- Bias, stereotype, prejudices
6- Models of culture (P.1)
7- Models of culture (P. 2)
8- Group work/presentation
9- Languages and culture
10- Nonverbal communication
11- Culture shock
12- Towards cultural competence (P.1)
13- Towards cultural competence (P.2)
14- Final presentations

Total: 14 classes and 1 feedback

Note: this schedule may be subject to change. The detailed definitive schedule will be handed out during the first class.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Evaluation will be based on class attendance and active participation, group works and discussions and a final presentation.
Active participation means actively engaging with the class content, participating during discussions and group work, and contributing to the class by sharing opinions, experiences and reflections.

Students absent 4 times or more will fail this class.
Tardiness (by 15 minutes or more) will be treated as absence.
Systematic tardiness and/or unexplained early departures will greatly reduce your attendance and participation grade.
Course Requirements There are no specific requirements for taking this seminar.
However, students must be willing to prepare each session by completing the weekly readings and assigned tasks, and to participate actively in class.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are expected to prepare for each class by reviewing their notes and completing the weekly readings and assigned tasks.
Textbooks Textbooks/References There is no textbook for this seminar.
Weekly readings will be available for download.
Printing and preparing the material is the responsibility of the student.
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