European integration is not only a political process. It also has a strong sociocultural dimension. It involves interactions between actors, organizations and institutions from different countries and different cultures. It therefore has a strong intercultural dimension. This course aims to explore this dimension. It provides students with some basic knowledge about the concept of culture, and helps them understand how cultural differences can affect relations between people.
On completion of this course, you will be able to define culture and to understand its influence. You will have developed a certain cultural openness and sensitivity. You will be able to identify the pitfalls of cross-cultural interactions.
Unit One. The context of cross-cultural interactions
Unit Two. What is culture?
Unit Three. Intercultural situations
Unit Four. Cross-cultural issues
Unit Five. Intercultural learning and competence
Assoc. Prof. François Goxe and Assoc. Prof. Michaël Viegas Pires, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France