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Intercultural focus R.U.D.I.

Intercultural skills and intercultural competence

 

R.U.D.I. stands for ‘respectful, united, diverse, intercultural’ because we share the conviction of the European University Association that openness and tolerance are fundamental academic values in the university sector. A wide range of opinions and the freedom to share these opinions form the basis for liberal-mindedness. R.U.D.I. courses focus on intercultural communication and competence and are committed to facilitating the exchange of ideas, languages and cultures and to expanding your horizons. The R.U.D.I. courses also count towards our Intercultural Skills Certificate (ISC), an additional important qualification for your international career.

The prerequisites for participation in the R.U.D.I courses are:

  • an enthusiasm and curiosity about other cultures
  • intercultural awareness
  • empathy and good communication skills
  • openness and a good time management and
  • a readiness to learn from others

Current courses in the summer term 2020

"Cultural Diversity at FH JOANNEUM" (2 ECTS) in Graz, Kapfenberg and Bad Gleichenberg

International degree seeking students and exchange students are going to present their home countries. Since each student will lay a different focus, we are already looking forward to an exciting course of lectures which will point out the intercultural diversity at FH JOANNEUM. Following the presentations, there will be a buffet with food characteristic for the introduced country - and of course the possibility to deepen the discussions.

Students participating in the course "Cultural Diversity at FH JOANNEUM" have to attend at least 80% of the Intercultural Evenings. After each presentation, short reflectional assignments have to be fulfilled in an accompanying Moodle course. In order to finish the course, a final report on the entire course of lectures has to be handed in. This final report can also be used as part of the experience report for module 3 (intercultural courses) of the Intercultural Skills Certificate.

Registration Registration is only needed in Graz at https://forms.fh-joanneum.at/int/culturalevenings/

Dates of the Cultural Evenings in Graz, Kapfenberg and Bad Gleichenberg:

Course in the winter and summer term : "Accompanying Seminar for your stay abroad" (2 ECTS)

The seminar is designed to support students wishing to spend a semester working or studying in another country before, during and after their experience abroad. The seminar workshops are offered to students from all degree programmes who intend to work or study abroad in the following semester and have already been nominated. (Exception: MIG students are offered a relevant seminar by their degree programme).

The Study Abroad Seminar consists of 3 parts: The preparatory workshop (part 1) prepares nominated outgoing students and interns for their stay abroad, both concerning administrative matters and cultural differences and expectations. During their stay abroad, students participate in an accompanying “Cultural Learning” programme (part 2), where they are required to deal with specific topics (Europe, culture, integration) in order to develop an awareness of these issues. The reflection workshop (part 3) involves a short presentation and exchange within the group. The certificates of participation will be issued at the end of the workshop.

Course dates for students out in winter term 2019/20

  • Preparatory Workshop: 15.06.2019, 09:00-17:00 - lunch break included (EA11, room 316)
  • Reflection Workshop: 07.03.2020, 09:00-15:00 - lunch break included (EA11, room 316)

Registration via e-mail

Past courses

"Cultural Diversity at FH JOANNEUM" (2 ECTS), summer term 2018, winter term 2018/19, 2019/20 in Graz, Kapfenberg and summer term 2019 in Kapfenberg

International degree seeking students and exchange students as well as asylum seekers and recognized refugees within the scope of our project "Refugees on the run - FH JOANNEUM cares" were going to present their home countries. These "Cultural Evenings" took place on a weekly basis in summer term 2018.

After a short intercultural introduction, there were interesting and entertaining country presentations. They pointed out the intercultural diversity at FH JOANNEUM. After the presentations, there was a short contemplation and discussion of the findings.

Following the presentations, there was a buffet with food characteristic for the introduced country - and of course the possibility to deepen the discussions.

Students participating in the course "Cultural Diversity at FH JOANNEUM" had to attend at least 80% of the Intercultural Evenings. After each presentation, short reflectional assignments had to be fulfilled in an accompanying Moodle course. In order to finish the course, a final report on the entire course of lectures had to be handed in. This final report could also be used as part of the experience report for module 3 (intercultural courses) of the Intercultural Skills Certificate.

Course in every winter and summer term : "Accompanying Seminar for your stay abroad" (2 ECTS)

The seminar is designed to support students wishing to spend a semester working or studying in another country before, during and after their experience abroad. The seminar workshops are offered to students from all degree programmes who intend to work or study abroad in the following semester and have already been nominated. (Exception: MIG students are offered a relevant seminar by their degree programme).

The Study Abroad Seminar consists of 3 parts: The preparatory workshop (part 1) prepares nominated outgoing students and interns for their stay abroad, both concerning administrative matters and cultural differences and expectations. During their stay abroad, students participate in an accompanying “Cultural Learning” programme (part 2), where they are required to deal with specific topics (Europe, culture, integration) in order to develop an awareness of these issues. The reflection workshop (part 3) involves a short presentation and exchange within the group. The certificates of participation will be issued at the end of the workshop.

"Communication in an Intercultural Context" (2 ECTS), winter semester 2016/17, 2017/18

‘Culture’ and ‘communication’ are central terms in public discourse and their meaning is seemingly clear at first glance. However when you learn, work and live in an international context, there are various stumbling blocks to these terms. Questions such as ‘What is my culture?’, ‘Where do my values come from’ and ‘What kind of communication is normal?’ often emerge.This class explores the theoretical and practical side of the aforementioned fields. The aim is to acquire knowledge about intercultural processes, to link it with practical group work and to reflect on it as part of a joint project.The course is taught in German and is aimed at all students (i.e. including exchange and regular international students) and those learning German from level B1. The class may be partly held in English, with the agreement of the group.

"TWOgether! Mentor Programme" (2 ECTS), winter semester 2016/17

International students who come to Austria to study are confronted with different challenges than local students, especially at the beginning: the language is different, students must also familiarise themselves with the educational system and the cultural, social, legal and political framework. The TWOgether! Mentor Programme helps international students cope with this new situation by providing support and enabling the exchange of knowledge and experiences. Conversely, Austrian students learn new perspectives, traditions and cultures from their mentees. The Mentor Programme consists of traditional mentoring duties and attendance of the accompanying course. The course is addressed to international students in the first semester and Austrian students with a good knowledge of FH JOANNEUM and campus life from the third semester.

The Mentor Programme has the following objectives:
* Integration and networking options for international students in the 1st semester
* Promoting the integration of students from non-EU countries into campus life and Austria
* Development of intercultural competence through joint projects
* Networking and exchange between degree programmes

In cooperation with German as a Foreign Language: "Myths in Time and Space"(B1-C1) (2 ECTS), summer term 2017

What does Zeus have to do with thunderstorms and black cats to do with bad luck? Probably nothing, but these views have shaped whole cultures and the everyday lives of many people. In this course, we set off to explore familiar and distant cultures, both past and present and analyse the influence of myths on culture and everyday life. The focus is on intercultural exchange and participants are encouraged to make some surprising discoveries about their own cultural concepts and those of others. The classes are run in cooperation with the Joanneum Archaeology Museum and offer insight into the museum-based side of the topic. The course is aimed at both students who are not native German speakers as well as FH students in general with an interest in cultural exchange, intercultural communication and art.

Past projects

‘Culture and Integration Ambassadors’ project run by the Schloss Eggenberg Archaeology Museum in cooperation with FH JOANNEUM / International Relations with the support of the Government of Styria (3 ECTS)

The ‘Culture and Integration Ambassadors’ (KIBo) project is a cooperation between the Schloss Eggenberg Archaeology Museum (UMJ) and the FH JOANNEUM International Relations department. It introduces participants to the past, history and culture of Styria and its neighbouring regions. The project participants will find out that interculturality (the native and the foreign) runs through the millennia like a thread. This project comprises individual special courses designed to enhance competence and skills in a range of (diversity) categories. In addition to developing language skills, the participants will discover cultural differences and similarities between the ‘old’ and ‘new’ homeland and get to know people and myths across time and space. The project is divided into special courses which will take place in blocks from April to December 2017 at various locations. In addition to lectures and visits to exhibitions, there will also be excursions to various historic sites and workshops.

The project is primarily aimed at refugees who have a cultural interest, a certain extent of prior cultural knowledge/experience from their home country and a knowledge of German from** level B1/2**. Buddies from the pool of students at FH JOANNEUM and students learning German from level B2 are welcome to mentor and support the course participants.

Admission interviews: mid – end March (by arrangement); Instructors: Silvia Renhart, Christoph Hofrichter Project curriculum: available for download (see below). Project start: **launch of the project, getting to know one another, presentation of participants and instructors, project presentation, tour of Archaeology Museum and get together. ** Date: 04 April 2017, 12.00 - 13.00 Location: Schloss Eggenberg Archaeology Museum