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Veranstaltungen von M.A. Jodie Birdman


Culture, sustainability, and intercultural communication: An international virtual-exchange project (FSL) (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Jodie Birdman

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 15:30 - 18:45 | 18.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 40.176 Seminarraum | Beginn um 16 Uhr. 30 min Vorbereitung für Videokonferenz.

Inhalt: In its Resolution “Transforming the World: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development”, the UN General Assembly said it envisages a world of “universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination; of respect for race, ethnicity and cultural diversity; and of equal opportunity permitting the full realization of human potential and contributing to shared prosperity. […] We pledge to foster intercultural understanding, tolerance, mutual respect and an ethic of global citizenship and shared responsibility. We acknowledge the natural and cultural diversity of the world and recognize that all cultures and civilizations can contribute to, and are crucial enablers of, sustainable development.” Inspired by this grand vision, this course addresses the multifaceted relationships between culture and sustainability and highlights the importance of global citizenship and intercultural dialogue for building a more sustainable future for all. Students will participate in a virtual exchange with peers from universities outside of Germany. In small, intermixed groups, they will develop projects exploring the role of culture as an enabler and driver of sustainability through local case studies. Their findings and commentary will flow into a joint blog aiming to increase the visibility of the topic to a wider, non-expert audience. In the spirit of global citizenship education, the course encourages students to link the local to the global and the national to the international. In the same spirit, it also aims to promote intercultural understanding and dialogue. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their cultural identities and those of others, recognize socio-linguistic and cultural variations in communication styles, understand how cultural values might underlie different behaviors, learn to cope with ambiguity and adapt and be flexible in intercultural interactions. Here, a special emphasis will be placed on the communicative aspects of the peer feedback students will give and receive on their project work. Due to its focus on intercultural communication, the course is relevant for students who plan to study or spend time abroad and, generally, for those who envisage working in international teams. This semester we will be working with UNESP São Paulo and University of Florida, Gainesville NOTE: The course time includes collaborative working time in order to facilitate group work across multiple time zones. Most weeks will have 90 minutes of content and 45 minutes for group work.