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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:
    Bachelor/master/PhD students, all study fields are welcome; the course may be particularly suited for bachelor 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% 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 own 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 (6th ed), Routledge, 2017, ISBN 9781138668386. 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.
  • Applications must contain a CV and a motivation letter describing why you would like to participate in the course. The acceptance will be based on both CV and motivation letter.

Application and registration

For this course, students of all levels (BA/MA/PhD) and fields are welcome. No prior knowledge of (cross-cultural) psychology is required (but it of course helps). Applications must contain a CV and a motivation letter describing why an applicant would like to participate in the course. These documents should be uploaded during the registration process. Once you have completed your registration, the course coordinator will evaluate your application. Acceptance will be based on both CV and motivation letter.

Your registration for Tilburg University Summer School must be completed by May 31st, 2018. Tilburg University Summer School reserves the right to cancel the course in case there are not enough applicants. If the maximum number of students is reached, a waiting list will be used.


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