Facilitating Intercultural Relationships

Code: ISP430
Apply this course towards: Intercultural Studies and Practice, Adult and Continuing Education

Course description

This course facilitates intercultural relationships within the context of deconstructing systemic structures and ideologies, which impact every aspect of our society as well as our personal world-views.

Participants and instructors will engage critically, deeply and honestly. We will 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: equity, knowledge, leadership, privilege, race, class, identity, oppression, and social justice.

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.


This is a fourth-year level course and it is expected that participants have the necessary academic competencies to engage as such.

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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