Designing a course in intercultural education

Holliday, A. (2018) Designing a course in intercultural education. Intercultural Communication Education, 1 (1). pp. 4-11. ISSN 2209-1041.

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There are a number of principles to be considerded in the design of intercultural education courses. The existing intercultural experience that participants have built from early childhood must be recognised as a major resource. Interculturality is a reflexive awareness of Self and Other in a crossing of boundaries which resonates with C. Wright Mill’s ‘sociological imagination’. A critical cosmopolitan notion of the third space concept is employed as an open rather than an intermediary space – a creatively investigative space which enables us to work on finding ourselves as new and even more enriched selves across boundaries, and where all of us are hybrid. The focus should be on self among others rather than the nature of difference between national or other large cultures. This resonates with the radical agenda of cultural studies, where there is critical intervention against structures of prejudice, with particular attention to countering what I refer to as powerful essentialist West as steward and ‘West versus the rest’ discourses of culture. There is therefore a postmodern and constructivist interrogation of ideological constructions of the intercultural that commonly push the recognition of important cultural realities to the margins. These principles are applied along with the need to learn how to avoid essentialist blocks and choose threads from our personal cultural trajectories that draw us together.
The paper concludes with suggestions for intercultural education events that apply these principles. This is written in the inclusive third person to signal a final principle that intercultural educators are joining with their participants in working out their own interculturality.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open Access Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design; intercultural; cultural studies
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Prof Adrian Holliday
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 14:48
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 12:15

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