Socio-cultural competence

WS 2011/12

In WS 2011/12, we addressed the topic of intercultural competence and crossing cultural borders. To highlight the types of cultural borders many people have to cross, we took part in a multi-cultural young adult reading project outside of class called Crossing Borders. The project was done together with Mag. Andrea Kettemann’s 4th form at GIBS. In the framework of the project, both students and pupils did presentations on various young adult novels highlighting cultural borders that were crossed in the novels as well as their content. The presentation day culminated with a cultural exchange of foods from various cultures. For the project, students could choose amongst the following novels:

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
  • La Línea by Ann Jaramillo
  • Children of the River by Linda Crew

Below are cultural book reviews of La Línea and Children of the River:

This semester we also worked together with students who were taking a course in intercultural communication in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. This project was carried out over the forum function on our website. The students posted comments and questions concerning (inter)cultural aspects and responded accordingly. To view the exchange, click on the forum function on our website.