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Course Schedule

COURSE DAY 1–4

GROUP A: Participants with existing training experience will participate in an intensive class on “Culture and Cognition”. The Course “Culture and Cognition” is structured around one general question: Which processes of the human mind are universally uniform, which ones are culturally shaped? After an introduction to basic concepts of cultural psychology, students will become acquainted with the major important survey projects that have identified along which dimensions cultures vary (such as the Hofstede project, the Schwarz Value Survey and the World Value Survey). All projects converge in showing that one central dimension of cultural variation refers to the extent to which personhood is construed primarily by autonomy and independence versus embeddedness and interdependence. The course  will identify consequences of these differences for various psychological phenomena, such as the meaning of choice, the perception of authenticity, or the dynamics of happiness. Furthermore, the course includes recent developments in evolutionary psychology suggesting that some aspects of morality (such as empathy and fairness) are universal and that the believe in God has been evolutionary advantageous. The course covers more practical implications for applied settings. For instance, recent research shows that multicultural experience is conducive for team creativity and that global identity promotes global cooperation.
GROUP B: For participants with proven theoretical knowledge, this Winter Academy provides space to learn about methods, facilitation, and visualization. Facilitators with long-term experience in training offer short inputs mixed with hands-on exercises including on-the-spot feedback to your performance. You will also have various opportunities to experience different aspects of core trainer competences.
Participants of Group B need to be enrolled in or have completed university studies related to the subject (e.g. Intercultural Communication etc.) or a subject related equivalent. Please note that this group mainly consists of Jacobs University students who have already attended the class “Culture and Cognition”! If you are interested in being part of this group, please get in contact.

COURSE DAY 5–7

GROUP A + B: Participants from both groups get together for a blended offer of theoretical and practical parts, giving you the opportunity to get a holistic picture of training design, learning and teaching styles in different intercultural contexts. Upon completion of the first seven days, participants also have the opportunity to earn 5 ECTS points rewarded by Jacobs University.

COURSE DAY 8–10

GROUP A + B: Participants can choose to become involved in three additional days offering the opportunity to design and facilitate intercultural training units and receive extensive feedback about their performance. Upon completion of this additional part, participants will be awarded the certificate “Intercultural Trainer” issued by Jacobs University and InterCultur gGmbH.

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