Intercultural Educational Leaders & Learners Feature

A Columbian Student Based Project on Intercultural Competence

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by Helena Pradilla As a student in Carolyn Finck’s project-based course on intercultural competencies, I was interested in how it would sensitize me and direct my empathy towards social groups that constantly find themselves in unequal environments. This was not the only objective this course accomplished; it also gave me tools to use that empathy to act in benefit of those groups (of course not in an immediate way) at least making them aware of how they could improve their situation in relation to their particular reality, context and dispositions. The last objective was possible due to the amount of […]

Intercultural Educational Leaders & Learners Feature

“Just Looking Around”: Reflecting on Culture in an Online and Project Based Course

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by Dr. Carolyn Finck Last semester, I taught a virtual class on culture with a student-centered, project-based learning approach. The task for the groups of students was to identify and get to know a community and then identify a problem and propose a solution based on a social innovation concept. They needed to go outside of the classroom, talk to real communities and then identify both problems and solutions with real people. This took place in Bogotá, Colombia, and the task was assigned to students with different backgrounds who were studying psychology or management in a private university.  While some […]