In collaboration with the Dept. of Anthropology and Program in Global Development Studies, the ISO has developed a series of seminars and short courses in learning to “cross cultures” - not just to sight-see around the world but to understand people and learn to thrive in other parts of the global economy. Taught by a team of ethnographers, the series is intended to introduce what is ultimately the stuff of life-long careers and endeavors. The seminars are a starting point for cross-cultural engagement rather than a comprehensive course and are ideal for students who are planning to study, work, or live abroad and who are looking for basic conceptual tools to demystify the experience and make it worth the while.
The CORE (Cultural Orientation Reflection Engagement) Curriculum is a scaleable suite of seminars and courses that are designed to “wrap around” and complement a student’s education abroad program or project and develop their ability to recognize and understand cultural difference as cultural and to integrate this learning into life-long personal and professional ambitions. The underlying approach is to introduce students to concepts of culture, cultural difference, and cross-cultural change and exchange and then to create opportunities for them to apply these concepts to their lived experiences abroad. Some students will need less direction, by virtue of their own initiative, inclinations, and interests, but the goal of CORE is to give every student who goes abroad at U.Va. opportunities to learn and grow in this way.
Pre-Departure Series*: 7 - 9 p.m., Minor Hall 130 unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, Oct. 11: "Travel Writing" with Joshua Armstrong, location TBD.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: "Self, Person, and Identity in Cross-Cultural Relation" with Kristen Whitlock
Tuesday, Oct. 23: "Making and Unmaking Stereotypes" with James Ngundi
Tuesday, Oct. 30: "An Introduction to Cross-Cultural Miscommunication" with Dionisios Kavadias
*Students who completed all four seminars will receive a certificate for the CORE Pre-Departure Series.
During Abroad Course: For students studying abroad.
GDS 3220 "Making Culture Visible While Studying Aborad" with Catarina Krizancic
Life After Abroad Series: A series of events for students who have been abroad and who wish to integrate the shifts in values, new skill sets and identities into their broader academic and professional life.
Sept. 10, 7 - 9 p.m. in Maury 113: "From Biography to Local Knowledge" with Clare Terni
Sept. 17, 7 - 9 p.m. in Rouss 403: "What is Globalization?" with Clare Terni
Sept. 25, 7 - 9 p.m. in Minor 130: "Staying Abroad" with Sergio Lopez
Nov. 1, 5:30 - 7 p.m. in Bavaro Hall: Education Abroad Symposiium
For more information, please see the online brochure.