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Intercultural Labs

Every approved cross cultural experience or course must include enrollment in an Intercultural Lab  The first four modules in the online lab or a face to face lab must be completed prior to the 'contact time' with individuals of another culture or travel experience.

CLST1001CC, CLST1002CC and CLST1003CC, CLST1004CC are “host” course shells for each Experience Level in Canvas where students participate in an online seminar (for 0 credit and no cost) which prepares the student for a cross cultural experience. These 4 host shells are then cross listed with a great variety of 'mirror' shells which include the Catalog Course number and the letters CC, i.e., SOGY2030CC Intercultural Lab.  If you are enrolled in more than one experience of the same level you will continue to see only one "host" lab for each level in canvas. Please upload all papers of the same level into the corresponding host lab. 

The Intercultural Lab is designed to help students develop competencies for interacting in cross -cultural settings more deeply and effectively. It does so by providing a conceptual model for thinking and writing about culture and by providing tools for gathering cultural information. It also provides guidelines for writing a meaningful essay about cross-cultural experiences.

Students traveling abroad for approved Level 3, or Level 4 experiences will take the Intercultural Lab in a Face-to-Face setting as part of their preparation for travel. These Labs will be announced through Message Board and are included on the Academic Calendar in Google.  The next Face-to-Face lab for students traveling over the summer or fall semester will be Monday, May 8th 8:30-11:30 a.m. in Wiley room 201.

The Intercultural Labs will:

  1. Explain the rationale and goals for requiring cross-cultural experiences.
  2. Provide a self-survey tool for identifying some of the student’s basic cultural characteristics/values (home culture).
  3. Explain how to use the survey criteria for analyzing a target culture.
  4. Identify methods for acquiring cross-cultural information.
  5. Guide the student in making observations about the target culture and reflecting on their observations in light of the Lingenfelter model of basic values.
  6. Explain how to use the data collected to write a meaningful essay.
  7. Provide the student with opportunity to evaluate both the Intercultural Lab and the cross cultural experience.