Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Welcome to Intercultural Studies– Defining the Concept of Culture.
Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds Examining culture can be problematic, because categorising people into different cultures creates in and outgroups. This course focuses on the different dimensions of culture and explains the limitations of these definitions.
Skip to 0 minutes and 31 seconds So if we think about the question what is culture? We might want to change it to how culture is used. Culture can be used as a way, in quite a positive aspect, where people can draw on the ideas of culture for identity formation. However, there’s also a flip side where culture can be used in practises of othering. By exploring the concept of othering further, you will gain greater understanding of how division occurs between groups of people. Difference can be used in quite a positive sense where we have a curiosity about what we see as differences which we want to explore.
Skip to 1 minute and 6 seconds It can also have a very negative sense as well where, for example, it’s used in the realm of politics where a group of people who are seen as different and threatening. And it can sow the seeds of distrust and, possibly, discord as well. Through case studies, you will look at different cultural and intercultural groups to gain a greater understanding of the topic and how it affects our everyday lives. The course will be available to learners worldwide. And this will provide an opportunity for people from different places to work together creatively and constructively.
Skip to 1 minute and 42 seconds That will include analysing and critically interrogating notions of stereotype and, hopefully, using the concept of culture and interculturality in positive ways, which will allow them to work together effectively. Sign up now for Intercultural Studies– Defining the Concept of Culture.