Centre for German and European Studies organizes annually a number of training courses, in which all interested parties can improve their intercultural competence. Our seminars are designed very practically and have as its main objective the development of knowledge and skills for a better understanding and more effective cooperation between representatives of different cultures. On our seminars we deliberately give no instructions how to behave in a particular country. Instead of that we work on the following points:
- Improvement of communication skills
- Reflection on our own culture and its impact on our communication with others
- Promotion of empathy and curiosity towards other cultures
- Development of tolerance of ambiguity and openness in the perception and communication with representatives of other cultures
- Clarification of such terms as stereotypes and prejudices: How do they as they emerge, what negative effects they may cause in communication?
- Dealing with intercultural conflicts
Our seminars are open to all interested persons. The only important condition for participation is interest in the topic of intercultural cooperation and willingness to participate in the whole training from the beginning to the end.
Examples of the topics that can be addressed within such seminars
- Definition of culture, „owner“ of a culture;
- Culture of my surroundings;
- Identity: Model of my identity, role of the national component in the formation of my identity;
- Approaches in intercultural learning: cultural standards, cultural dimensions;
- Transcultural approach;
- Communication styles, perceptions barriers;
- Stereotypes and prejudices;
Structure of the educational process
The educational process is based on the methods of non-formal learning what presumes amongst other things learning through experience. For instance this requires the following:
- application of interactive methods
- theoretical inputs are supplemented by practical tasks
- active use of case studies, simulation- and role-playings.
Facilitator: Elena Razumovskaia