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Intercultural Certificate

We are happy to be offering the Intercultural Certificate during the fall 2020 and winter 2021 terms remotely and synchronously through MyLearningSpace.

Registration is now open for both terms. In each term, we are offering two streams: one will run on Thursdays at 1 p.m. and one will run on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. As well, we have added two additional modules to the certificate to further reflect the global and intercultural events impacting the world.

The Intercultural Certificate strives to support participants' development of intercultural skills, knowledge and attitudes that stimulate a commitment to lifelong learning and strengthen their ability to support and understand a globally diverse world.

The Intercultural Certificate consists of eight 90-minute modules on the following topics:

1a. Introduction to concepts of culture: An exploration of culture as a concept, how it affects all people and societies, and influences their life, work and study – especially during these uncertain times. 

1b. Continued exploration of culture:  Continue to explore differing tools, including cultural dimensions that help to bridge, appreciate and leverage difference 

2. Introduction to exploring one’s own culture: An introduction to exploring how one’s own background, identity and lived experience influences one’s values, attitudes and behaviours; and culture as distinct from personality, identity and human behaviour. 

3. Exploring difference and disrupting white supremacy culture: An exploration of power and privilege as concepts and how they impact interactions across cultural difference; exploration of micro-aggressions with a focus on impact vs. intent to support working effectively across difference; and an introduction of examples of resistance and rejection of white supremacy culture

4. Introduction to intercultural communication: An understanding of cultural communication styles, the impact of one’s filters and how their style impacts others.

5a. Introduction to cultural adaptation: An introduction to the process of cultural adaptation and cognitive dissonance, adjustment and adaptation strategies to support relationship building and good health.

5b. Conflict, culture and confusion: Explore how mediation and other tools can be used when culture is the root of conflict.

6. Lifelong intercultural learning: An opportunity to review learning and create strategies to further develop an intercultural praxis, while recognizing that intercultural learning is a lifelong process.

The delivery of the program uses an active learning approach and is free of charge to registered Laurier students, including exchange students, and you can get Laurier Experience Record credit for it.

The Intercultural Certificate was introduced in 2015/16 by Laurier International in partnership with the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Teaching and Learning.

2020/21 Dates

Modules offered on Thursdays at 1 p.m. begin on Oct. 1:

  • Oct. 1: Introduction to concepts of culture
  • Oct. 8: Continued exploration of culture
  • Oct. 22: Introduction to exploring one's own culture
  • Oct. 29: Exploring difference and disrupting white supremacy culture
  • Nov. 5: Introduction to intercultural communication
  • Nov. 12: Introduction to cultural adaptation
  • Nov. 19: Conflict, culture and confusion
  • Nov. 26: Lifelong intercultural learning

Modules offered on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. being on Oct. 6:

  • Oct. 6: Introduction to concepts of culture
  • Oct. 20: Continued exploration of culture
  • Oct. 27: Introduction to exploring one's own culture
  • Nov. 3: Exploring difference and disrupting white supremacy culture
  • Nov. 10: Introduction to intercultural communication
  • Nov. 17: Introduction to cultural adaptation
  • Nov. 24: Conflict, culture and confusion
  • Dec. 1: Lifelong intercultural learning

There are no modules during fall Reading Week.

Modules offered on Thursdays at 1 p.m. begin on Jan. 21:

  • Jan. 21: Introduction to concepts of culture
  • Jan. 28 Continued exploration of culture
  • Feb. 4: Introduction to exploring one's own culture
  • Feb. 11: Exploring difference and disrupting white supremacy culture
  • Feb. 25: Introduction to intercultural communication
  • Mar. 4: Introduction to cultural adaptation
  • Mar. 11: Conflict, culture and confusion
  • Mar. 18: Lifelong intercultural learning

Modules offered on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. being on Jan. 26:

  • Jan. 26: Introduction to concepts of culture
  • Feb. 2: Continued exploration of culture
  • Feb. 9: Introduction to exploring one's own culture
  • Feb. 23: Exploring difference and disrupting white supremacy culture
  • Mar. 2: Introduction to intercultural communication
  • Mar. 9: Introduction to cultural adaptation
  • Mar. 16: Conflict, culture and confusion
  • Mar. 23: Lifelong intercultural learning

There are no modules during winter Reading Week.