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.
Message to those taking this Course:
This course is designed for students who have an interest in understanding people. An important part
of our identity and values comes from how we were raised — in particular, the hidden values and
assumptions of our culture. To understand this hidden side of ourselves, we must examine not only
cultural difference, but our own personality. There will be lectures, discussion, and students
Grades will be based on attendance, in-class presentations and a short final exam.