Cross Cultural Communication

In the course ‘Cross cultural Communication’ we focus on cultural differences between countries, not just on a “do’s and don’ts” level, but also on the level of basic values. Ones 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 Dutch 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 actor. We study some selected film scenes. Beforehand, participants are asked to answer some preparatory questions in order to make sure the training addresses their specific questions and issues.