WHAT IS IT?

This is a FREE facilitated online opportunity for students who would like to increase their intercultural understanding and communication skills through developing self-awareness. Participants identify cultural influences, gain insight into their own cultural rules, norms and biases and use empathy to discuss the interconnection and complexity of culture and communication. Participants also learn to develop tools and strategies to promote more integration of diversity in inclusive ways.

The course is designed knowing you are busy. It can take about 1 hour per week and is 6 weeks long. The course is instructed through videos and infographics so there is not a lot of reading. There will be an expert facilitating the discussions in the course.

 

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On myexperience.sfu.ca > Experiential Learning > Events Calendar > type “Effective Intercultural Communication” in the search bar. 

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record.

THE COURSE IS DIVIDED INTO FIVE MODULES: 

Week 1:

GETTING STARTED

  • What Do You Need to Do to Pass?
  • Why Is This Important?
  • Definitions
  • What does Intercultural Development Mean?
  • A Story Behind Your Name

Week 2:

THE FOUNDATION 

  • Culture and Communication
  • Influences on Intercultural Interactions
  • Communication Styles
  • High Context and Low Context Communication

Week 3:

BARRIERS IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

  • The Stories We Don’t Want To Tell
  • Power and Privilege
  • Taking Action
  • Reflecting on Power and Privilege 

Week 4:

CHALLENGES IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

  • Truth Telling
  • Being Uncertain 
  • What’s Happening?
  • What’s Happening? Part 2

Week 5:

STRATEGIES FOR YOUR INTERCULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Stress and Mindfulness
  • Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, and Resilience
  • What Does Reconciliation Mean to You?

Week 6:

GOING FORWARD

  • Keep in Mind
  • Scenario: Who Belongs?
  • Going Forward – Reflection of Learning
  • Course Evaluation

STUDENTS TESTIMONIALS

"This course has taught me to be more self-aware of my assumptions and unconscious biases that sometimes leads me to miscommunication in my everyday life...This is important because by working on my intercultural communication I can be more conscious of the harmful effects of stereotypes, biases and the colonial mindset. I also learned that it is important to accept and be open about the uncomfortable truths be it my own culture or other cultures. This is especially important in terms of reconciliation and intergenerational healing for our Indigenous communities and fellow Canadians....I will be sure to practice empathy, mindfulness, active witnessing and all that I have learned to engage my diverse communities with inclusion, respect and understanding. I am thankful that this course has helped decolonize my mind!"

                                                                     - Shared with permission from Student

"It is a well-known fact that Canada is highly multicultural. However, we still regularly see or hear about incidents involving conflict and race dynamics. Being a person of color, I often wonder if people perceive me differently which sometimes leads to uncomfortable interactions with people who I see as different than me.

I took EIC to explore these feelings and biases further and I was amazed at how much I learned from the course. It made me aware of my own prejudices and privileges and think about aspects of my identity on a deeper level. I was surprised how this course was packed with meaningful information on difficult topics (culture, racism, colonization) but still had minimal reading and was mostly visually instructed.   

It has enhanced my mindfulness, empathy and ability to build respectful relations with people from other cultures. It has sparked my interest in so many topics I didn’t know much about before.

To top it all, this course is free so I would hands down recommend this to everyone!"

                                                                       - SHARED WITH PERMISSION FROM STUDENT

EIC IS OFFERED EVERY SEMESTER.

FIND REGISTRATION DATES ON MYEXPERIENCE.