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Interculturality in a New Global World: China’s One Belt One Road as an Example

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EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2018
NORMAL prices after 28.2.2018

Expenses for Special Courses
Air Quality in China 190,00 EUR to be paid together with the course fee
Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes 190,00 EUR, paid in cash during the course

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The world is changing dramatically, and we need new ways of explaining and understanding what is happening when people meet across borders (national, regional, cultural, linguistic borders, etc.).

In the first part of this exciting course, new critical perspectives from the fields of multicultural / intercultural communication and education are proposed. Basic concepts such as culture, globalisation, identity and diversity are introduced and critically reviewed.

The originality comes from using China to illustrate the second part of the course. The One Belt, One Road Initiative, which promotes connectivity and cooperation between different continents, is a great example of today’s new global world. The initiative aims to support infrastructure networks, as well as cultural and educational collaboration. This example is best suited to work on today’s interculturality.

Working together and with the lecturers, the participants will analyse different documents about the initiative and discuss what interculturality is and what it entails. The participants will learn to transfer the acquired knowledge and methods related to interculturality to other contexts.

Learning objectives

The students learn to analyse situations of interculturality from reflexive and critical perspectives; they have a good understanding of intercultural encounters in different contexts of communication and in education; they are able to critique basic concepts related to interculturality; they have acquired knowledge about how to discuss and examine China’s One Road, One Belt Initiative; they are able to transfer this knowledge to other contexts.

Course format and teaching methods

Lectures, workshops and discussions with world specialists on issues of interculturality. Group tasks will help to prepare for the final project.

Target students

Advanced Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. Students who have an interest in intercultural studies, intercultural / multicultural education and social justice, but also sociology and anthropology. No background in intercultural studies needed.


Liu Haiqin
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Apply now! Summer 2019
Application start
Dec 1, 2018
May 31, 2019 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.

Application deadline
Jul 20, 2019 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

NB! The application deadline is June 26th, 2018. However the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until July 20th, 2018.

Studies commence
Aug 7, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States