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Learn to appreciate, adjust to, and work or study in different cultures, with this free online intercultural communication course.
Whether you’re engaging in business across borders or cultural regions, meeting other people through international travel, working in a diverse, global organisation or studying abroad, you can benefit from a better understanding of intercultural communication.
This course assumes no prior knowledge and is suitable for pre-university, undergraduate and post-experience students. You will need high school-level English or above, an interest in international issues, and curiosity about, exposure to or experience with other cultures.
We will start with a journey of self-discovery, telling each other our cultural stories and exploring different cultures. You will be amazed to see how cultures have influenced our perceptions, thinking, communication styles, values and beliefs.
Master the basics of intercultural communication
This free online course will focus on the basic but important concepts. It will:
- help you better understand cross-cultural complexity;
- cultivate your awareness of your own and others’ cultural identities;
- highlight some notable variations in communication styles and cultural values;
- and signpost paths towards building your intercultural competence.
- We will start with a journey of self-discovery, telling each other our cultural stories and exploring different cultures. You will be amazed to see how cultures have influenced our perceptions, thinking, communication styles, values and beliefs.
Adjust to new cultural practices that come into your life
The understanding and appreciation of cultural differences that you gain will help you adjust to the new cultural practices that come into your life - whether via the media or through interpersonal interactions.
You will learn with a cross-cultural team from Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), since its inception in 1949 which has become a leader in language and culture teaching.
- Steve Kulich
- Hongling Zhang
- Ruobing Chi
The Shanghai International Studies University is a teaching university and multidisciplinary research in Shanghai, China.
FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.
It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.