Course descriptionThis unit focuses on the diversity of cultures, how difference between ethnic groups is constructed and how to respond appropriately to difference. It provides the student with an understanding of the principles of cross-cultural communication and practice and development of cultural competency as community development practitioners in different cultural settings. Students will be encouraged to apply and analyse their experiences as case-studies.
- The meanings of culture and how it affects community development practice;
- the meanings of cultural competence;
- cultural conflict;
- cross-cultural communication skills;
- cross-cultural teamwork in community development;
- building culturally competent community partnerships;
- cross-cultural negotiation and conflict resolution.
Learning outcomesAt the completion of this unit, successful students can:
ULO1: Understand the meanings of culture and cultural competence and the benefits of working in a culturally competent manner
ULO2: Explore the challenges connected with cross-cultural relations and cross-cultural communication, and the various approaches to their explication
ULO3: Evaluate issues concerning cultural conflict, racism, power, and equity
ULO4: Appreciate the impact of cultural diversity on international and community development practice
ULO5: Facilitate cross-cultural relations and cross-cultural communication, negotiations and resolutions that assist in reducing conflict, and inequality based on racism and discrimination in non-government organisations, the local community, and in international settings
ULO6: Work effectively in diverse community development teams and practice ways of building culturally competent community partnerships.
Assessment methods and criteriaEssay: Cultural Case Study, 40%, 2000 words
Essay: Critical Essay, 60%, 3000 words
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Last updated: 9 October 2017