|Degree Director||Gemma Aubarell, Hannah Abdullah|
|Coordination||Gemma Aubarell, Hannah Abdullah|
Intercultural competencies and the dialogue across cultures are becoming increasingly important in 21stcentury international relations. In our globalized world the governance of cultural diversity has become an international concern that is linked with issues such as security, migration, new populist movements and transnational fundamentalism. Diversity is often viewed as a problem or threat in these contexts. To address this challenge various international relations actors – ranging from states to multilateral and civil society organizations – have formulated intercultural approaches that are aimed at increasing tolerance for diversity by fostering equitable interaction, mutual respect and dialogue between cultures.
The course explores how interculturality can be a powerful resource for effective international and development cooperation, transformational leadership, as well as conflict prevention and resolution. It provides International Relations students and professionals with a comprehensive overview of intercultural competencies in the form of attitudes, skills, knowledge, behaviour and communication methods that allow for a better understanding of diversity and mutual respect, and that can foster dialogue.
The course teaching will follow an interactive format, based on introductory lectures, interactive seminars, group work and roundtable discussions.
Each day begins with a one-hour lecture by an international expert who introduces the key concepts, theoretical debates, and policy and governance questions covered that day. This will be followed by a 45-minute interactive seminar during which students have the opportunity to engage more in depth with the lecture contents in a group discussion, group work and role-plays.
The second half of each day consists of a roundtable on how international organizations are implementing the theoretical concepts and debates discussed in the lecture and how these ideas have been translated into concrete policies. In addition to the lecturer, one to two practitioners /experts with experience in the topic of the roundtable participate in the roundtable.
Students should read the suggested reading prior to class. Further readings are provided for those students who wish to deepen their understanding of the course content.
Key concepts: culture, globalization, culturalism, cultural diversity, global cultural citizenship
Key concepts: migration, governance of cultural diversity, multiculturalism, interculturalism, national identity politics
Key concepts: Trans-Cultural management, Transformational leadership, International Cultural models, Intercultural communication, Post national and transnational communities
Key concepts: cultural diplomacy, soft power, international cultural relations, global citizenship, culture and sustainable development
Key concepts: values, diversity, religion dialogue, intercultural citizenship, education, migration, prevention and resilience