Cultural Psychological Perspectives on Intercultural Communication & Competence

Wann? 01.03.2021 – 05.03.2021, Vorbesprechung: 09.11.2020 – 17:00-19:00 Uhr Wo? tba Wer? Masterstudierende der Kultur-, Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften Bewerbung? send a max. 500 word letter of motivation to & by 01 November 2020.


Worum es in der Summer School geht

The summer school will provide intercultural and interdisciplinary learning spaces for the analysis of, discussion of, and reflection on experiences as well as challenges related to so-called intercultural encounters. The language of instruction will be English.

In the globalized world, intercultural communication and the underlying social competencies are highly relevant in a wide range of internationalized professional fields, organizational settings, and contexts of everyday life. In any kind of intercultural encounters (e.g., foreign assignments, intercultural teamwork, bi-cultural relationships, ethnic conflicts and mediation, many fields of education and academic studies), people and/or ideas from different cultural contexts meet and thereby initiate negotiations with the other, the unfamiliar, the unknown. When engaging with difference, stereotypes, prejudices, reservations, and lack of knowledge can result in culture shock, aversion, or even in disgust and discrimination. So-called intercultural competencies enable us to deal with such critical situations in a skilled manner. Elementary intercultural competence is acquired through training, culture sensitive reflection, coaching, and mediation. It helps to curtail problems and overcome obstacles and thus supports various kinds of successful intercultural exchange. This learning goal will be supported by a cultural psychological, i.e., culture sensitive and culture informed psychological perspective, which enables a reflexive, analytical, and critical approach to the contents, means, and reach of established theories on intercultural communication and competence. Thus, the summer school will open a learning space in which various experts from inter- and transdisciplinary fields will assist in developing a deeper understanding of the connection between culture, thinking, feeling, and acting.

Dozent*innen Viktoria Niebel und Oswald Balandis (Sozialwissenschaft)


Certificate of Participation (Studiennachweis): Completion of the preparatory task set in the e-learning Moodle course, continuous participation in the summer school, submission of an essay (approx. 5 pages) that discusses aspects of intercultural communication and competence with respect to their relevance for one’s own field of studies and personal interests.

Certificate of Academic Achievement (Leistungsnachweis, 5 CP): As mentioned above. In addition, evidence of academic achievement through written analysis of methods and materials (e.g., exercises in intercultural competence, critical incidents, or cultural artifacts) based on knowledge acquired at the summer school.

Certificate of Academic Achievement (6 CP): As mentioned above. In addition, commentary on the practical part of the summer school.