900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Course is designed to facilitate and promote the experiential learning process in an intercultural context. Introduces students to the value of cultural comparison that illuminates both similarities and differences. Improves the overall study abroad program by providing essential pre-departure and re-entry training designed to capitalize on the cultural immersion experience. Prepares students to learn from the psychological and conceptual challenges they will face during each phase of the experience. Examines the advantages and disadvantages of culture study, including the contrast of internal and external perspectives, and the concept of critical self-consciousness. Exposes myths and misconceptions about other cultures, in order to encourage critical thinking about culture and to develop perspective-taking abilities. Explores forces that contribute to the development and changes of cultures, including social, economic, political, geographic, environmental, agricultural, and religious factors. Globalization trends and interactions between cultures and nation-states are also included as developmental forces. Encourages and challenges students to continue learning about other cultures and other perspectives.
Prerequisite: Only students participating in an off-campus, cultural immersion program are eligible
General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-Centered