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Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice

A course about globalization, migration and internationalization

Course overview
Course period 20 July - 4 August 2017
Max. participants 20 participants (+ waiting list)
Course leader Dr. Michael Bender (+ guest lecturers)
Target group Students (national and international) interested in diversity and in dealing with it in their work context. Participants can come from any BA/MA/PhD program
Schedule 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00 (with exceptions, e.g., for excursions)
Course fee €900 (discounts apply for: early bird 10%, bring a friend 10%, future/current /alumni TiU student 15%)

Course aims

  • Acquire an overview of leading views on cross-cultural similarities and differences, acculturation, and intercultural communication.
  • Assess and apply strategies useful for intercultural interaction in business and negotiations, and intercultural communication.
  • Explain how methodological pitfalls and cognitive biases are relevant for cross-cultural interactions and intercultural communication in the multicultural workplace and other settings.
  • Conduct a small-scale qualitative, culturally informed, psychological study on a topic of the student’s choice.
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Course information

The course is about globalization, migration, and internationalization. You will for example learn what psychology have to say about societies that become more multicultural, international students, and diverse teams in organizations and at the workplace, and how psychology contributes to make organizations and societies more inclusive.

The course is divided into three parts. It introduces theoretical insights, offers practical modules and concludes with an empirical interview assignment to tackle these questions.

The course is completed by an empirical interview assignment and a final assessment. The student will conduct a qualitative interview with an informant from another culture on a topic of his or her choice. 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).

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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.
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Course specifics

  • Theoretical part: overview of theories about cross-cultural differences, similarities, intercultural communication and acculturation.
  • Practical part: (1) playing cross-cultural business games; (2) constructing culture-specific cultural assimilators as training materials (3) conducting a small-scale study with Dutch immigrants.
  • Exam: Grade of the empirical interview assignment.
  • 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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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).

Registration is open now! Please go to the registration page to subscribe. Your registration for Tilburg University Summer School must be completed by the end of June, 2017. Note that the Early Bird application deadline is April 30th, 2017.

If you want to apply for this course, please follow these steps:

  • You can register via the Tilburg University Summer School registration page.
  • Follow the steps in the registration system and fill in your personal information and requirements.
  • Once you have completed your registration (click “save”), the summer school staff will evaluate the information.
  • Upon acceptance, your registration will be approved and you will be notified via e-mail with instructions concerning the payment of the course fee (iDEAL or creditcard).
  • Your registration will only be completed and acknowledged after we have received your payment.

If you have further questions, you can contact the summer school ( or the course coordinator Michael Bender (

Please note that Tilburg University reserves the right to cancel the course if less than 10 students sign up. The maximum number of participants is 20. If the maximum number is reached, we operate with a waiting list.

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  • The course fee is € 900, which excludes the text book. For more information, see course materials.
  • Discounts apply: early bird 10% (before April 30th, 2017), bring a friend 10% (applies to both), future/current/alumni TiU student 15%. Combinations are possible.
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Choose accommodation type:
  • The course fee does not include accommodation. Tilburg University Summer School recommends you to book a room with the recommended housing company directly. If you wish to do so, you can indicate this during your registration. Also you can visit Student Housing.
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More information

For more general information, please send an e-mail to

For inquiries about the course itself and the course content, please contact

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"Dealing with Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice // Fostering insights and developing strategies for intercultural communication and interaction in business and negotiations."

Cultural diversity

"I took the Cultural Diversity course, a fantastic course full of practical examples, activities and interactions among students. I realized the richness and delicacy of the difference, saw how much my point of view is shared by my culture, and increased my view of the world. However, the experience of this diversity is understood there even if you do other courses, since in the next door to yours you can find people from China, Turkey, Colombia, etc. And these people soon become friends for a lifetime." - Eduarda Bannach, summer student 2016

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