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Modul 2: Theorie

Building cultural competence - Basic concepts of intercultural learning

Ulrike Zillmer

BA/MA, BA Praxisrelevante Fertigkeiten // MEK/ MAKS/ KGMOE/ MASS/ MA Literaturwissenschaft: Praxisrelevante Fertigkeiten

Dates: 10.04.2017, 24.04.2017, 08.05.2017, 15.05.2017, 22.05.2017, 29.05.2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Raum: AB 206.

Are you interested in intercultural communication on university campus? Can you imagine acting as a facilitator for intercultural learning yourself? In this seminar students will look into basic theories and concepts of intercultural communication and competence. We will use and examine intercultural methods, exercises and short films to reflect on which skills are needed in order to become an interculturally competent person. Participants will also expand their own learning skills and constantly reflect their (intercultural) learning. The overall goal of the seminar will be to develop an own theoretical input concerning relevant intercultural aspects in a university setting. This should be done in small groups and by using the methods of research oriented learning.

By offering this seminar in English language we would like to invite and encourage international students at Viadrina to join us, share their experiences and enrich our learning. At the same time we would like to offer our German students the opportunity to train their English language skills in an authentic learning setting.

Besides, this seminar is also part of the training to become an intercultural peer tutor, who will then support international students in learning at a German university or prepare German students in learning in a multicultural society. It is an equivalent to “Module 2: Theory Intercultural Communication“. The contents can be further discussed during the Module 3 Practice seminar "Interkulturelle Workshops konzipieren und durchführen” (planned in German language), where participants will learn how to design and organize an intercultural training.

Find more information online: www.europa-uni.en/interkulturelleslernen (English version available)


This seminar is part of the peer tutoring training program. You will receive Credit Points in most of all programs in the category of softskills in german: "Praxisrelevante Fähigkeiten" or "Schlüsselqualifikationen". Please check on your own how many ECTS you will get with your program coordinator.

More information:     Kuwi      Rewi      Wiwi

Literature: will be announced during the course

Entry condition: Since we will use the E-learning-platform “mahara” intensively, it is mandatory for all interested students not having participated in the seminar „Wissen schaffen im Team“ yet to join in an additional mahara-training session in preparation of the seminar (April 21st 2017, 11-13 please register on

Being ready to reflect on own intercultural encounters.

Advice for the seminar:  We highly recommend participating in the compact course “Wissen schaffen im Team” (Dates: 21./22.04./19.05./23.06.2017, please register separately!).

Evidence of academic achievement: Active participation, preparing and reflecting texts, designing an individual E-Portfolio using „mahara“, autonomous group work during the semester, among other (smaller) assignments developing a theoretical input on a related topic, peer-feedback

The number of participants is limited. Applicants will be considered according to the date of registration, willingness to finish the whole Viadrina PeerTutoring Training and international background.