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SQ: Intercultural Knowledge and Competence

How do people understand and bridge cultural differences?

“I have sought teachers in all areas of my life who would challenge me beyond what I might select for myself, and in and through that challenge allow me a space of radical openness where I am truly free to choose—able to learn and grow without limits ... The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress.” - Bell Hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Intercultural knowledge and competence is the understanding of one's own culture as well as cultures beyond one's own; the recognition of the cultural values and history, language, traditions, arts, and social institutions of a group of people; the ability to negotiate and bridge cultural differences in ways that allow for broader perspectives to emerge; and the skill to investigate a wide range of world views, beliefs, practices, and values.

UW Oshkosh Intercultural Learning Outcomes

Responsibility, as Individuals and Communities: Intercultural Knowledge and Competence

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Teaching Resources