Seminar Applying the New Paradigm to Constructivist Intercultural Training

Intercultural training is in many ways the cornerstone of intercultural communication. From its inception in the late 1950’s in the US to its application throughout the world today, intercultural training has expanded from a way to help international executives and foreign service workers to a general competency  approach in international education, diversity and inclusion, social services, corporate leadership, and international development.


This course will review the history of intercultural training in the above contexts and examine its underlying assumptions (and those of intercultural communication in general) in terms of knowledge paradigms. Particular attention will be given to the constructivist, developmental approach to training represented by the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS).


Practical applications (examples, case studies, exercises) will be made in the following dimensions of intercultural training:

  • Defining “culture” and other terms in ways that are theoretically credible and meaningful to different audiences
  • Understanding how definitions can be used as “inoculations” for certain kinds of resistance
  • Establishing the ideas of “level of analysis” and “boundary construction” as central concepts in defining a dynamic cultural identity
  • Incorporating principles of perception into intercultural observational strategies
  • Introducing frameworks for making systematic cross-cultural observations relevant to communication
  • Resolving issues around ethnocentrism sufficiently to pursue intercultural learning
  • Dealing with issues of ethicality and authenticity that arise in ethnorelativism
  • Facilitating the sustainable operation of intercultural consciousness


Lecturer:  Prof. Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D.

Date:   October 15 - 18, 2020

Lecturing time:

Thursday to Saturday:         09:15 am to 06:30 pm

Sunday:                                 09:15 am to 05:00 pm



Prof. Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D.


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