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Intercultural Studies

ICS 202 Cultural Anthropology (3) B

Introduction to cultural anthropology including the concepts of culture, language, status and role, marriage and the family, kinship, legal systems, social groups. Students learn about participant-observation methods using cultural locations in and around Calgary.

 

ICS 204 Intercultural Studies Travel Study (3) O

Travel study provides experiential learning about issues in intercultural studies. Preparatory reading and post-travel written assignments are required. The location will depend on the expertise of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits and permission of the Dean

 

ICS 205 Intercultural Competence (3) A

Foundational principles and necessary skills for effective communication between people based on an understanding of culture and worldview. Attention will be given to the impact of culture on the shaping of worldview, communication, thinking, values and verbal and non-verbal behaviour and the important role of social, cultural and historical contexts in human interactions.

 

ICS 299 Special Topics in Intercultural Studies (3) O

Special studies in Intercultural Studies, as announced.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Dean

 

ICS 303 Global Forms of Violence Against Women (3) B

A study of theoretical explanations of violence against women in the Majority World and Western societies, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), infanticide, female foeticide, honour-killings, early child-marriage, prostitution, and Gender Based Violence (GBV). Particular attention will be given to the ways in which Christianity has been used to legitimate and counteract violence against women.

Prerequisite: REL 105 or REL 161

 

ICS 304 Intercultural Studies Travel Study (3) O

Travel study provides experiential learning about issues in intercultural studies. Preparatory reading and post- travel written assignments are required. The location will depend on the expertise of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits or permission of the Dean

 

ICS 305 Intercultural Studies Practicum (6) A

This 7-12-month practicum provides the student with immersion into another culture for the purpose of integrating classroom input with experience in a cross- cultural setting using a number of formal, informal and non-formal learning activities. The student is involved in an opportunity that complements his/her degree. The student will experience life with a local family for at least a few weeks of their time in the nation, and will engage in intentional culture and language learning. The primary focus is on the student and on the international worker- mentor as a teacher-leader.

Prerequisite: FE 200.1, FE 201.1, ICS 202, ICS 205

 

ICS 306 Reading Through the Eyes of the Majority World (3) B

An intercultural studies methods course focused on reading biblical and other cultural texts.  The course will introduce students to various interpretive methods used by Majority World scholars, examining how post-colonial readers have re-read biblical texts to bring life to those being exploited and abused.

Prerequisite: ICS 205 

 

ICS 308 Applied Intercultural Competence (3) B

An advanced course that builds on the major concepts covered in ICS 205 and equips students with the theory and skills required to practice intercultural competence in a variety of sectors including business, psychology, health, and education. This course will give attention to frameworks and proficiencies that lead to both intercultural flourishing and degradation, and examine ways in which students can actively cultivate intercultural competencies in order to participate in a globalized society.

Prerequisite: ICS 205

 

ICS 346 Language, Culture, and Communication (3) O

Introduces cultural theory in relation to interpersonal communications theory about language and how it is used in everyday life. This provides groundwork for discussing how bridging cultures is possible and the importance of developing awareness about one’s own culture.

Prerequisite: 3 credits in Psychology at the 200-level or ICS 205

Note: This course is cross-listed as PS 346.

 

ICS 354 Culture and Human Development (3) B

Explores how basic human phenomena that are often taken as personal (e.g., emotion, values, morality, perception, cognition, and consciousness) can result from culture. Attention will be directed to the way that children are shaped to perform such phenomena in culturally constituted ways.

Prerequisite: PS 121 or ICS 205

Note: This course is cross-listed as PS 354.

 

ICS 402 Psychology of Immigration (3) O

An exploration of transmigration and the tensions it raises in pluralistic societies. Students will gain insight into transmigration and adjustment by discussing how culture is a meaningful part of life that cannot be reduced to trivial tokens. This course will also introduce students to the practicalities of overcoming barriers to adjustment.

Prerequisite: ICS 205 or 3 credits in Psychology at the senior level

Note: This course is cross-listed as PS 402.

 

ICS 404 Intercultural Studies Travel Study (3) O

Travel study provides experiential learning about issues in intercultural studies. Preparatory reading and post- travel written assignments are required. The location will depend on the expertise of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits and permission of the Dean

 

ICS 399 Special Topics in Intercultural Studies (3) O

Special studies in Intercultural Studies, as announced.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Dean

 

ICS 405 Special Topics in Intercultural Studies (3) O

Special studies in Intercultural Studies, as announced.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Dean

 

ICS 490 Independent Study (3) O

Independent Study consists of an individual research project which investigates a problem area or topic not treated extensively in a regular course.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Dean with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0