Summer schools



Monday 3 to Thursday 6 July 2017 course programme

This seminar is worth 4 ECTS credits - Teaching hours: 24


Day 1 – Monday, July 3 - 9am to 5:30pm

​The Fundamentals:

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Cross-cultural icebreaker
  • An exploration of the fundamentals of culture: What is it? Where does it come from?
  • My culture, their culture: looking at everyday habits and differences between one’s own and other cultures

What happens when cultures meet:

  • An examination of some of immediate reactions, perceptions and assumptions
  • The potential for cross-cultural misunderstanding: The intercultural “Stumbling Blocks”* that can make cross-cultural communication challenging
  • Cultural world views: Why does not everyone see “culture” in the same way? 


Day 2 – Tuesday, July 4 - 9am to 5:30pm
  • Understanding cultural differences: looking at history, geography, philosophical and religious belief systems, and intercultural theory as a guide to deciphering mentalities, attitudes and behaviours
  • Culture at Work: the impact of culture in professional and study environments


Day 3 – Wednesday July 5 - 9am to 12:30pm (class time) and 1:30pm to 6pm (fieldwork in Paris)
  • What makes the French so French? Class discussion and lecture
  • Becoming a “French culture” detective: Investigating French values, attitudes and cultural preferences, and looking at present-day issues
  • ​Cultural fieldwork in Paris
  • ​Farewell dinner in the evening


Day 4 – Thursday July 6 - 9am to 6pm
  • Cultural detective fieldwork continued; finalising group presentations (results of fieldwork)
  • Group presentations
  • Debrief of cultural learning experiences of the week
  • ​Assessment


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