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How to Develop Cultural Awareness

Learn how to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the workplace to create a supportive working environment.

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How to Develop Cultural Awareness

  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

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  • Introductory level

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Explore the key concepts of intercultural awareness and multiculturalism

Intercultural awareness is crucial in helping to develop an inclusive environment within the workplace.

On this four-week course from the University of Lincoln, you’ll learn how to become more culturally aware to ensure your workplace environment is respectful and supportive of everyone.

You’ll delve into the history of multiculturalism and its impact on wider society before reflecting on your own, and others, experiences of inclusion and exclusion in the workplace.

Unpack the role of acculturation in creating a multicultural society

Acculturation involves learning and adapting to the values, beliefs, language, and customs of a new culture.

On the course, you’ll examine how acculturation, including minority and majority group acculturation, plays a vital role in creating a multicultural society.

Become aware of cultural bias and microaggressions

Being unaware of different cultures can lead to insensitive experiences and challenges for others. In turn, this can result in microaggressions.

You’ll use case studies to identify how microaggressions can become commonplace and explore what steps can be taken to address these issues.

Examine the psychology of power and how to develop cultural, emotional, and social intelligence

Using key concepts, you’ll explore the psychology of power and how power can lead to changes in social conformity and response to authority figures.

Next, you’ll learn how cultural, emotional, and social intelligence can help lead to a more inclusive environment. You’ll reflect on your own knowledge and experiences to identify ways to further develop your understanding of this concept.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the insights and skills to support an inclusive environment and be able to use this information to create a strategy for inclusion.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Multiculturalism and Acculturation

    • Introduction

      In this first activity, you'll get to know a bit more about the course, who we are and have the opportunity to introduce yourself.

    • Multiculturalism

      In this activity, we will explore the concept of multiculturalism and how it feeds into EDI.

    • Acculturation

      In this activity, the concept of minority and majority group acculturation will be introduced. We will also consider the role of perceived threat in majority/minority group acculturation.

    • Summary and Reflection

      This activity will summarise this week's content and ask you to undertake a reflective exercise.

  • Week 2

    Insiders and Outsiders

    • Welcome Back

      This activity will provide a short recap of last week's learning and introduce this week's content.

    • Majority-minority Acculturation Dynamic

      In this activity, we are going to explore how majority groups can be uncomfortable about minority groups maintaining their heritage culture.

    • Cultural Bias and Micro-aggressions

      In this activity, we will examine how the majority-minority dynamic can results in a disrupted sense of belonging, the ways in which cultural bias can lead to prejudice and discrimination and what micro-aggressions are.

    • Summary and Reflection

      This activity will summarise this week's content and ask you to undertake a reflective exercise.

  • Week 3

    The Psychology of Power

    • Welcome Back

      This activity will provide a short recap of last week's learning and introduce this week's content.

    • Different Levels of Power

      In this activity, we'll explore how obedient we are when faced with people in a position of authority.

    • Conformity Bias

      In this activity, we will examine what social conformity bias is and how it relates to group interactions.

    • Privilege and Power

      In this activity, we'll explore the what privilege is and how it relates to power.

    • Summary and Reflection

      This activity will summarise this week's content and ask you to undertake a reflective exercise.

  • Week 4

    Cultural, Emotional and Social Intelligence

    • Welcome Back

      This activity will provide a short recap of last week's learning and introduce this week's content.

    • Developing Cultural, Emotional and Social Intelligence

      In this activity, we'll examine the different types of emotional intelligence and consider the importance of developing cultural, emotional and social intelligence.

    • Minority Barriers

      In this activity, we will explore how developing cultural, emotional and social intelligence can have a positive impact on minority groups.

    • Summary and Reflection

      This activity will summarise this week's content and ask you to undertake a reflective exercise. A course overview will be provided and the course will conclude with a quiz to test your knowledge of the course material.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss factors that influence majority and minority group dynamics.
  • Describe acculturation and develop strategies to reduce the negative impact of minority acculturation.
  • Explain how cultural, social and emotional intelligence informs our perception of others.
  • Reflect on your own knowledge and experience, identifying ways to further develop your cultural, emotional and social intelligence over time.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

It will be of particular interest to organisations looking to develop employee awareness and practice of EDI.

Who will you learn with?

I'm the Director of the Eleanor Glanville Institute at the University of Lincoln, and the University's strategic lead for equality, diversity and inclusion

Megan is a Researcher at the Eleanor Glanville Institute and is one of the equality, diversity and inclusion course developers.

Who developed the course?

University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is rated in the top 20 UK universities for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2022 and the Complete University Guide 2022.

  • Established

    1996
  • Location

    Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

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