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Course module: GSTPKC08
International Crosscultural Education
Course infoSchedule
Course codeGSTPKC08
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byGraduate School of Teaching; Graduate School of Teaching;
Contact personM.I. Decovsky
M.I. Decovsky
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Teaching period
3-4  (01/02/2021 to 23/07/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotAC: See 'Help'
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 02/11/2020 up to and including 29/11/2020
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Assessment goals of the course
The course objectives translate into the following assessment goals:
The U‐TEAch student is able to…
A. Design, plan, implement, evaluate and redesign a learning activity (lesson) that either utilizes culturally responsive teaching strategies or enables learners to effectively perceive a subject issue from another cultural perspective. (Module 1)
B. Describe and analyse the goals and philosophies of (a part of) the Dutch national system or International Baccalaureate system for secondary education and use generic criteria to compare this with the educational system of the host country (e.g. Norway, St Maarten, South Africa) of the second placement. (Module 2)
C. Carry out a case study of how learners of different cultural background are approached interculturally within the school using (simple) ethnographic tools or cultural models, and suggest educational strategies to enhance intercultural understanding. (Module 3)
The course consists of three modules, focusing on different areas of international and cross cultural education. These modules are 1) Multicultural Teaching, 2) Educational Systems, and 3) Personal Acculturation. The aim by the end of the course is to have insight into cultural differences in a school and teach responsively to these, being able to compare and analyse different educational systems, and to have insight into your own acculturation while working abroad or moving schools.
As the course progresses, the learning path mirrors the model of Uri Bronfenbrenner and begins with the student teacher as a teacher in a Dutch context, understanding what shapes culture and how they can maximize this to design culturally responsive or engaging lessons to both culturally diverse and homogenous groups of pupils. Next the focus zooms out from the classroom setting to the macro view of how educational systems are devised, and how this reflects the norms and values of that society. Finally, while abroad, the student teacher focuses on themselves as a learner and reflects on their personal and professional acculturation in a new foreign context while teaching and living abroad, looking at culture shock, cultural synergy, and teaching in a culturally diverse setting.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Graduate School of Teaching
Prerequisite knowledge
The course can only be followed by students who do the UTEACH honors program.
Required materials
Nunez, C., Mahdi, R. N., & Popma, L. (2007). Intercultural Sensitivity. Uitgeverij Van Gorcum.
Recommended materials
Gay, G. (2018). Culturally responsive teaching : Theory, research, and practice (Third ed., Multicultural education series). New York, NY: Teachers College Press. [e-book available via UU library)
Instructional formats

Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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