Cross-cultural competence is today relevant for Aalen and its twin towns from various viewpoints:
- within the framework of youth exchange - curricular or extracurricular,
- in business co-operations
- against the background of cultural origin, migration and mobility.
Thereby we are confronted with two elements:
- cross-cultural contact within international frameworks,
- cross-cultural realities in situ.
Cross-cultural competence is a combination of social skills and relevant expertise. Non-native culture can, however, only be appropriately perceived by those who are aware of their own cultural characterization.
The participants will acquire the skills needed to observe and assess cross-cultural situations successfully, and to recognise potential cross-cultural conflicts. Awareness of
the cultural bonds of their own behaviour is increased, and, with it the ability to develop appropriate behavioural patterns in cross-cultural situations.
This knowledge and these skills form the basis for the development of suitable projects, that can be realised with young people or in other cross-cultural situations.
A further challenge is to set up, and beneficially use the connection between international and local crosscultural situations.
The course will take place in parallel, languagehomogenous groups in German, English, French and Italian. Some practical exercises will take place in mixed language groups.
- sensitisation for own culture
- culture and identity
- stereo types and prejudice
- foreignness and ethnocentrism,
- dimensions of cultural grammar: time and space, communication style, individualism/collectivism, status and hierarchy,
- cross-cultural communication and integration: acculturation strategies,
- techniques of cross-cultural interaction
- impulse lectures and presentations
- analysis of film sequences
- simulations and case studies
- „Critical Incidents“: guided situation analysis
- group work (small groups).
Besides the transfer of theoretical contents, the focal point is the contact and exchange of experiences between the participants. They should be prepared to reflect upon, and discuss their experiences in the cross-cultural groups.