Facilitating Intercultural Relationships

PART OF: Diploma in Intercultural Education, Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education

Course description

In this course, students will develop a range of interpersonal and organizational skills that build positive intercultural relationships and strengthen communication. The course focuses on strategies to develop and value multiple perspectives and worldviews and to facilitate intercultural relationships within the context of deconstructing ideologies, social issues and social change movements, which impact every aspect of our society as well as our personal world-views.

Participants and instructors will engage critically, deeply and honestly. Together we’ll aim to facilitate and create a respectful community of learners using a dialogical (dialogue) model and an action-reflection process throughout classes and assignments. Topics for critical analysis include:

  • equality
  • equity
  • knowledge
  • leadership
  • privilege
  • race
  • class
  • orientation
  • oppression
  • social justice and injustice

We will work toward developing strategies and action plans for social change and transformation in our respective spheres of influence.

Learning objectives

  • Gain an awareness and understanding of one’s personal and social locations in society.
  • Critically analyze and deconstruct intercultural relationships.
  • Develop intercultural skills to engage in work for social change.

Registration options

Credit and non-credit registration is available.

UVic undergraduate students should register via MyPage.

Registration as a non-credit participant

Non-credit participants are expected to fully participate in the course by attending all lectures, participating in course discussions, participating in group work (if required), completing all required readings and completing all course assignments. Non-credit registrants should expect academic rigour and should take their registration in the course as a serious professional and personal development opportunity. Upon completion, participants who have completed all requirements will be issued a Certificate of Completion from the Program Office.

Non-credit students wishing to withdraw from the course, for any reason, must do so by contacting the Program Office. Do not drop yourself from the course via My Account on the Continuing Studies website.

What participants are saying

I have learned to look at concepts and complex issues from multiple perspectives. While I have known to do this previously, this course provided the opportunity to do so and experience others doing so.

I have learned how to express myself better through taking this course.  I now have the terminology to participate in discussions on social issues, which I am very grateful for.

My only opportunity to speak about allyship and social justice in an educational context.

I’ve learned how important it is to create a safer space for all participants.

There was a lot of information and knowledge that was taught and shared which was very different from my domain but it was highly interesting.  I felt very included.

I’ve learned how to manage difference, especially when an opinion differs from mine.

I learned the value of other perspectives and world viewpoints.

This class is a lot more collaborative that other classes; teaching isn’t uni-directional. Instead, learning is developed collaboratively.

I learned how to properly facilitate in the classroom and the tools and skills you need to do it.

Being a facilitator allowed me to be creative … it also allowed me to see the different thought processes and dynamics of each group … it also gave me the opportunity to take on a new position instead of a learner who usually has knowledge imparted on them, I got to be the one directing how a learning opportunity may go and how I can make it better.

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