Learning objectives

What do you expect? Reflecting on the course design in light of your experiences, needs, and expectations is important for gaining the most from the coming weeks. The course learning objectives are listed here for your consideration.

Upon completion of this five-week online course, we hope that you will

  • see the need and importance of learning and exploring intercultural communication
  • develop an awareness of your own cultural identities and an appreciation for others’
  • understand the major cultural values underlying different behaviors
  • be able to recognize cultural variations in communication styles
  • become more aware of culture shock and become adaptable in intercultural interactions

Course educators and experts

In this step, we’d also like to introduce you to the team of course educators and experts (you’ll hear more from each of them directly in the following steps). You can also add a comment to introduce yourself to other learners, and let us know what you are looking forward to learning from this course.

This course has been designed and is presented by a team of scholars, teachers, and trainers from the SISU Intercultural Institute (SII) of Shanghai International Studies University and other collaborating international scholars. The presenting team consists of three “course guides” and you will also hear from several additional experts from fields related to intercultural and cross-cultural communication.

Lead educators

(Dr. Phil., Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany), Director of the SISU Intercultural Institute, Founder and Supervisor of the Intercultural Communication direction MA and PhD programs in the School of English Studies, the corresponding MA program in the School of Journalism and Communications, and the SISU MBA, Fellow and past Board Member (2011-2015) of the International Academy of Intercultural Communications (IAIR), Honorary Board Member of the Chinese Association for Intercultural Communications (CAFIC).

(Ph.D., Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China), Director of the SISU Office for International Cooperation, Deputy-Director of the SISU Intercultural Institute, past Deputy-Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication, Board Member of the Chinese Association for Intercultural Communications (CAFIC).

(Ph.D., University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA), Research Fellow of the SISU Intercultural Institute, past Fellow of the East-West Center, the University of Hawaii.

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Additional experts

  • Dr. Dharm P. S. Bhawuk (Ph.D. University of Illinois), Distinguished Guest Professor, Shanghai International Studies University, Professor of Business, Schidler School of Business, University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA, Founding Fellow and Board Member of the International Academy of Intercultural Communications (IAIR), Board Member of the International Association of Cross-cultural Psychology (IACCP) 2005-2009.

  • Dr. Darla K. Deardorff (D.Ed., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA), Distinguished Guest Professor, Shanghai International Studies University, Assoc. Prof. of International Education, Duke University, Executive Director of the International Association of Education Administrators (IAEA)

  • Dr. Yan Bing ZHANG (Ph.D. University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA), Distinguished Guest Professor, Shanghai International Studies University, Assoc. Prof. of Intercultural and Intergroup Communication Studies, the University of Kansas. Chair of Dissertation Committee and Past Chair of the Communication and Aging Division of the National Communication Association (NCA).

We hope you enjoy interacting with us. Each on this team brings their own unique personal perspective and experiences, academic research and diverse social and cultural applications. So thanks for joining us on what we hope will be an engaging intercultural course experience and dynamic learning adventure together. We encourage you to reflect on what you hope to gain from these weeks with our team.

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