EDUC 566 - Cross Cultural Awareness
Offered in the spring semester
DETAILS FOR Spring '18 Course
EDUC 566: Cross-Cultural Awareness is a graduate level course where students will learn about the salient dimensions of diversity by exploring the interrelated issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, and ability. Through a pre-course retreat, lectures, cross-cultural dialogue, readings, writing assignments, and peer-led in-class facilitations students will explore the courses many issues in depth, as well as develop skills in workshop design and facilitation that will empower them to become peer educators.
* All Penn undergraduate and graduate students and staff from all twelve schools are welcome.
Application Deadline: Course permit needed from instructors to enroll. Email instructors at firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education (PACE) and Teaching Performing Art for Cross-Cultural Education (TPACE) are partnerships between the Greenfield Intercultural Center and the Graduate School of Education. Their aims are to train students to increase cross-cultural awareness at the University of Pennsylvania.
Democratic Classroom Environment:
We strive to create an environment where students are engaged and active participants in a democratic learning process. Within the PACE context, democratic education means that students are peer educators - creating knowledge with the instructors rather than acting as containers waiting to be filled by expert knowledge. It also means that a supportive environment for cross-cultural dialogue dismantles and exposes the hierarchy both within the structure of the classroom itself and between course participants.
Elements of democratic education:
- Course is facilitated by two instructors to model cooperative learning facilitation.
- Shared decision-making and responsibility among the students and instructors.
- A learner-centered approach; everyone can learn from anyone.
- Equality among instructors and students.
- The community as an extension of the classroom.
- For students to address issues of cultural awareness, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc. through cross-cultural dialogue, introspection, research, writing and service learning.
- Creating "Peer Educators" by enhancing the following skills in students: Interpersonal communication, Self-awareness, Self-esteem, Improvisation, Team building, Reflective listening
- Provide opportunities for experiential learning through workshops and other services to the Penn community.
- Create a resource for ongoing outreach to all members of the university community by being a model service-learning experience.
- Contribute to creating a campus climate that fosters understanding.
- Pre-course survey/application (a permit is issued to register)
- Attend a weekend retreat (usually on a Saturday or Sunday) near the beginning of the semester.
- Weekly 3-hour class sessions at the Greenfield Intercultural Center.
- Complete assignments as designated in the syllabus, which usually includes readings, reflection papers, in-class facilitation, and a final research project.
- Earn graduate level course credit.
- Learn workshop design and facilitation.
- Develop skills to engage difficult cross-cultural discussions.
- Explore the intersection of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, society, and education.
- Improve and develop storytelling and performance skills.
- Learn how to incorporate performance art into a learning environment.
- Explore the intersection of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, society, education, and art.
- Make strong and lasting connections with fellow course members and the diverse community of PACE and TPACE members, instructors, and advisors.
- Improve public speaking skills.
Holly Link, PACE Co-Instructor
Shantee Rosado, PACE Co-Instructor
Students must apply for entry into the courses. All Penn graduate and undergraduate students from all twelve schools are eligible.
Projects from the 2016 Session: