Cross-cultural Communication (English)

In the course ‘Cross-cultural Communication’ we focus on cultural differences between countries, not just on a “do’s and don’ts” level, but on the level of basic values. One’s basic values determine how one sees the world, and what one considers to be important in life. We learn basic values before the age of seven. For example: if one is raised with the basic value that the harmony between people should always be respected, one might be shocked and offended by the way the Dutch express their basic value ‘honesty’.

Effective cross-cultural communication starts with knowing your own basic values. Having an insight in what you consider to be ‘normal behavior’ and learning that other people were raised with other basic values helps you to be able not to judge other people’s behavior, even if that behavior seems strange or unpleasant to you.

In this course, we both discuss theory about cross-cultural communication, and practice specific situations with a specialized bicultural actor (m/f). We study some selected film scenes. Beforehand, you will be asked to answer some preparatory questions in order to make sure the course addresses your specific questions and issues.

Comments about ‘Intercultural Communication for PhD supervisors’ at Graduate School of Life Sciences (Utrecht University):

“The course on Intercultural Communication was an eye-opener, really learned new things that I will apply in practice during supervision and in every day life”

“Janneke, thank you for the inspiring and informative session. I learned a lot”

“Excellent course on intercultural communication, please keep it up!