Intercultural Studies

The American Business School Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Intercultural Studies

  • Host University

    The American Business School Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    Intercultural Communications, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Formerly MGMT 110

    The objective of this course is to explore the complexity of the world we find ourselves in, the very world in which we will carry out our professional activities. From that standpoint, it is imperative that each student learns to identify, assess, and respond constructively to cultural disparities and to understand the construction of culture from an ideological point of view.
    At the end of this course students will understand the profound consequences of the construction of the other, the political ramifications of notions of culture, and nation. The consequences of such ideas as nation exceptionalism, thus understanding appropriate attitudes and steps that can circumvent cross-cultural failures. And to develop a critical approach to existing models with a view to reduce/eliminate sterotypical behaviors.

    The course will be a series of lectures, class presentations & class exercises. Research will also be required on different subjects. Will be covered in class :
    - Background to intercultural studies ; ethnocentrism ; culture shock
    - Concepts developed by Edward T. Hall - high context/low context culture ; monochronic/polychronic
    - Concepts developed by Geert Hofstede : power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualistic/collectivist, masculine/feminine
    - systems of education in different countries
    - world religions - Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Protestantism

    The final grade will be determined as follows: midterm 40%, final 40%, class participation 20%.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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