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Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice

TUSS - Intro 2

What can cross-cultural psychology tell you about your own cultural assumptions? Are you able to understand the unique challenges and benefits of living in a multicultural society? Are your professional or academic goals aimed at working successfully in international businesses, or in multicultural teams?

Course information

This course in short

  • Content:
    In this program you and a group of internationally-oriented students will examine the theory and practice of cultural diversity from a psychological perspective. The course closes with you conducting an interview with someone of a different cultural background, and writing a report based on the interview.
  • Entry requirements:
    BA/MA/PhD students, all study fields are welcome; the course may be particularly suited for BA students of international business or other (international) social studies programs.
  • Taught by:
    Dr. Michael Bender, Dr. Byron Adams and a variety of guest lecturers.
  • Start date:
    Monday 9 July 2018
  • Duration | ECTS:
    2 weeks | 6 ECTS
  • Language of instruction:
  • School:
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB)
  • Course fee:
    Course fee: €1000

    • 10% early bird discount when registering before the 1st of March*
    • 10% discount for current Tilburg University students*
    • 10% discount for students from partner universities*

    *Combining discounts is not possible, discounts are not applicable for Language courses

Course aims

During this immersive two-week course you will:

  • Acquire an overview of the current leading perspectives on cross-cultural similarities and differences, acculturation, and intercultural communication;
  • Assess and apply strategies useful for intercultural interaction in business and negotiations, and for effective intercultural communication;
  • Conduct a small-scale qualitative, culturally informed, psychological study on a topic of your choice.
  • Understand exactly how cognitive biases are relevant to the cross-cultural interactions and intercultural communication necessitated by the multicultural workplace (and other settings).

Course content

Societally and internationally relevant topics are central in the course 'Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice'. Topics include but are not limited to intercultural communication, stereotypes, immigration, multiculturalism, and corporate social responsibility.

The course is about globalization, migration, and internationalization.

You will gain:

  • Theoretical insights from psychological studies;
  • An understanding of what these insights can offer when we discuss the progress of multiculturalism in society, university and the workplace;
  • Knowledge of how psychological methods and findings contribute to making organizations and societies more inclusive. 

The course is divided into three parts:

  • The first part introduces theoretical insights. This includes an overview of theories about cross-cultural differences, similarities, intercultural communication and acculturation.
  • The second part offers practical modules, enabling you to practice what you have learned and develop your wn basic training tools for intercultural communication trainings;
  • The third and concluding part includes an empirical interview assignment and a final assessment. The student will conduct a qualitative interview with a participant from another culture on a topic of his or her choice; and relating the interview partner's answers to ongoing studies in the field of cultural psychology.

Final assessment

  • The final assessment is a report on this empirical interview assignment and will be graded in three domains: (1) theoretical introduction and research question, (2) methods and procedure, (3) interpretation of findings and connections with literature.
  • Reports will be graded on a 10 point grading scheme (with 10 being best). Course certificates are associated with passing grades (>5.5).

Course materials and specifics

Course materials

  • The basic text book required (has to be purchased in advance) for the course is:
    Shiraev, E., & Levy, D., Cross-cultural psychology. Critical thinking and contemporary applications (5th ed), Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2013, ISBN 0-205-24935-3. Note that this is the international edition.
  • Additional materials (e.g., articles, handouts) are provided by the University electronically (or as a hard copy) for use in the course.

Course specifics

  • Exam: Grade of the empirical interview assignment of a minimum of 5.5 points out of 10.
  • To pass the course, an 80% attendance rate is required.
  • Graded certificates are available upon request.
  • The course is in English; all communication will be in English.


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