As a student you have many intercultural encounters during your study. You study with people from different cultural backgrounds; you go abroad on a study trip; you decide to do an exchange at another university, you enjoy 3 months of backpacking or maybe you will be doing an international internship.
Sometimes, these intercultural encounters come naturally: you can easily identify yourself with the other person regardless of differences in language or origin. Sometimes, however, you will be surprised by the miscommunications you can have with people from a different cultural background. Miscommunication can have many causes: from individual differences in personality to differences in behavior and belief arising from culture. Culture can offer an explanation, but at the same time it is not all explanatory. In this workshop we explore how cultural patterns can influence our thinking, feeling and acting.
We briefly discuss the concept of culture. We then focus on how to understand and use culture practically. You gain insight into how Dutch culture is experienced by other cultures and how 'we' interpret other cultures. Through this comparison you can estimate to what extent you are in line with the Dutch standard of - for example - communication, decision making and time experience.
After this workshop you are more aware of your own cultural patterns and how they can influence the communication with the cultural other. This way you can prevent possible miscommunications. This makes future intercultural encounters both fun and more effective!
Trainer: Rutger-Jan Scholtens
Wanneer: Donderdag 21 juni van 13.00-16.00 uur
Locatie: Unnikgebouw, zaal 312