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Intercultural Communication For SUs

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Kathrin Renner

on 27 May 2014

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Transcript of Intercultural Communication For SUs

"[Culture is] the total, generally organised way of life, including values, norms, institutions, and artifacts, that is passed on from generation to generation by learning alone". (Dictionary of Modern Sociology)
What is
CULTURE?



we learn culture from our very early childhood

it influences every aspect of our life, how we communicate, our relationships with other people

culture consists of several layers, and as an individual I belong to several cultures

some parts of it are flexible and we can adapt, others are very hard to change

only a very small part of my and other people's culture are visible
Let's summarize:
INTERCULTURAL
COMMUNICATION
Culture as an Onion Model
Like an Onion, culture has many different layers, starting from the outside to the inside.
Our outside layers (language, occupation, careers, etc.) are more flexible and easier to change
On the very inside, there are our CORE VALUES, things we deeply believe in and which remain largely constant throughout our lives.
Culture as a Solar System
Nationality
Organisation
Gender
Educational Background
Another way to understand culture is as 'solar system', consisting of our different identities.
...and much
more
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Hobbies
Culture can also be seen as an Iceberg: Like with an Iceberg, 70% or more of culture can actually be invisible, and only when we get to know a culture or a person better, we begin to see what is below the surface.
Culture as Iceberg Model
Eating Habits
Facial Expressions
Clothes
Music
Painting
(Religious) Rituals
Gestures
Games
Foods
Concept of Self
Rules of Social Etiquette
Values
General Word View
Concept of Leadership
Concept of Fairness
Understanding of Friendship
Understanding of Personal Space
Concept of Criticism
Expression of Emotions
Religious Beliefs
shared among a group of people
socialised through learning
way of life, includes every aspect of our lives, from our taste of music to our concept of marriage to the way we put on our socks

What is
CULTURE?
Breaking it down...
The more 'inside' we go, the harder and less flexible our layers become.
Each culture has it's own VALUES which lead to certain behaviours, but not all parts of culture are visible at first sight

this often leads to MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND CONFLICT
This is why sometimes we need to take the time to understand the motivation and reason behind a certain behaviour.
And finally, let's keep in mind that even though we belong to a certain culture, it doesn't mean that we act 100% according to it.
GAME TIME!
GAME TIME!
GAME TIME!
Time to share!
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