Looking for the hidden roots of cultural difference
Culture has two sides, a visible side — food, clothing, architecture — and a hidden side of unconscious
beliefs, values and assumptions. In this course we will learn the story of the discovery of hidden culture.
We will explore culture’s unconscious influence over us, and see how hidden cultural difference creates
conflict in relationships and communication. This will involve learning hidden patterns of cultural
difference related to things like: time, personal space, cooperation, independence, fairness, equality,
emotion. Students will discuss their intercultural experiences, share their opinions and give
presentations. The ultimate goal of this course is a deeper self-understanding.