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Veranstaltungen von M.A. Jodie Birdman


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

Dozent/in: Jodie Birdman, Onur Cicek

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 16:15 - 18:45 | 14.10.2024 - 31.01.2025 | C 25.019 Seminarraum

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 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. During these investigations, students will be supported by activities and information to facilitate intercultural, international work. Following the investigative phase, the students will turn their findings and commentary into a blog to increase the visibility of the topic to a wider audience. During the writing phase, students will receive feedback from English learners at another university in order to help them shape these blog entries to reach a non-expert readers. 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, recognise socio-linguistic and cultural variations in communication styles, understand how cultural values might underlie different behaviours, 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 course has 3 weekly SWS so that one can be dedicated to collaborative work. This is to facilitate finding collaborative time despite working in different time zones. Most weeks, class will take place for 90 minutes leaving time for groups to meet.