Catalogue 2021 - 2022

MAN 316 Intercultural Competence


3 cr.


Junior or Senior Standing.

Course Description

Intercultural competence, the ability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities, is an essential component of contemporary business life. Because “culture” is the core concept of intercultural competence, we spend a significant portion of this course exploring the concept of culture, reading and considering expressions of culture by members of diverse cultures, and discussing a wide range of strategies for enhancing a set of cognitive, affective and behavioral skills that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts. Readings, activities and discussions emphasize the concept of culture, the nature of intercultural competence, the relevance of intercultural competence to contemporary business, and the development of an enhanced understanding of the norms and values of one’s own culture and the culture of others.