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understanding culture

Understanding Culture [MS]

When we think of culture, most of us think of the behaviours in culture which we witness. We think of things like food, dress and dance – and they are definitely an important part of culture, but anthropologists (people who study culture) and sociologists (people who study societies) have different ways of understanding culture. We want to spend some time with you today, giving you some tools for understanding and exploring culture in a deeper way.

When we learn from others in a different culture, not only do we gain knowledge but we also gain a particular skill which is called intercultural intelligence, or CQ.  Research over the last 30 years in this area has concluded that CQ is important to foster positive relationships between people. Also called intercultural capabilities or competencies, CQ has been recognised globally as a 21st century competency for participants, but they are now embedded throughout many national curriculum frameworks. Through this course participants learn what makes the fabric of culture, providing the foundation for participants to develop intercultural capabilities through reflective practices while in Cambodia.

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