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Online Course

Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Crossing Borders

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 5 hours a week
  • Duration 2 weeks long
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Overview

Learn what borders are and what motivates people to cross them

When thinking of borders, images of division often come to mind. This introductory course will help you learn how borders can both divide and connect territories or people.

You’ll encounter and discuss a range of different borders and employ theories to analyse and explain the functions and effects of different borders on space, and individuals who occupy them and cross them. You’ll explore different circumstances of crossing borders focusing on motivations such as travel or immigration and understand the effects of the invisible borders we all cross everyday.

The course is for anyone with an interest in the way in which borders shape and influence how we view each other, you don’t need any previous experience.

This course is also ideal if you are preparing to move to a different country for work or study or you work with groups of people from different cultures to yours. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

Taught by

Jane Wilkinson

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Crossing Borders Based on 12 reviews

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I managed to fail this course and have registered my complaint with FutureLearn because, really, this should have been a 5-star review going by the content, especially in the first week when I can honestly say I worked harder than for any other FL course so far. The course almost expects students to...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
no supervisor input, except for one 'removed by moderator' I saw where a comment had been. It was all us ( students) reading, making comments, marking each others work, commenting on and 'liking' others' comments.

So the quality of the course depends entirely on the quality of the students who happen to have signed up with me.

I've previously done 2 other Futurelearn courses where the educators were much more present, giving guidance, commenting on our comments, introducing the next segment...

This course, with its lack of guidance, was not very impressive.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I totally loved the course! I'm very happy I joined it and I'll be eternally grateful for this course! The concepts we worked on were well explained, presenting videos and short texts. The additional material was very good as well. There were always some guiding questions to reflect on some concepts...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I found this course very interesting, since it mixed up theoretical parts with more practical activities. The assignments were very useful, because they made me think about what had been taught, but they also gave me the opportunity to link what I had learnt with my own experience. Borders are a very topical subject, in Europe and, more than ever, in Italy. So learning how philosophers and sociologists have defined borders has given my belief more concreteness and depth.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course gives a nice exposure to its theme and it certainly meets the requisite inputs. I appreciate the quality of content and the selection of sub-heads as well. Quite helpful...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a very relevant introductory course tightly and clearly presented with the opportunity for self development in the field
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I should say with utmost honesty and sincerity that it was an amazing learning experience for me to take up this course. Understanding the significance of intercultural sensitivity is crucial when one needs to cross his/her linguistic, cultural, religious and national boundaries. Who makes borders and boundaries? It is man. They are made by man; and therefore, it is solely his own responsibility to know about its dynamics and intricacies. Crossing borders has always been an exciting experience filled with wonder, awe, excitement, fear, nervousness, and unexpected surprises and discoveries. Really enjoyed doing this course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Although the course allowed me to see the concept of borders from few different perspectives, there are some problems to solve out:

1. I wish we could learn more about social borders and border conflicts, the content should be upgraded;

2. There was no interaction with any of the course educator;

3. Exercises and the final test:

a) Questions were unclear and it was difficult to understand what I was supposed to write down;

b) The final test had little correspondence to the course content (especially two questions).
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
There were some interesting ideas discussed here, but none of them are new.

People do things because they want to, or have to. Borders are everywhere, and are good or bad depending on your personal feelings about borders. We should build bridges, not walls---except to protect ourselves: we need walls around our homes, our paychecks and our cultural identity. We should feel bad about our perceived need for protection.

This seemed to me to be a 1-hour TedTalk, "stuffed" into two weeks.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Very interesting course with well-prepared and engaging materials and links. The periodic Q and As are useful to check knowledge as you go along. One small criticism - question 1 in the final test has two similar but not identical questions, which is a bit disconcerting.
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Tanya K
by Tanya completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
There were several interesting ideas about intercultural communication and borders. I'd like this course to be a bit longer and challenging to give a broader perspective of this topic. Thanks university for this experience
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
A very nice an pleasant, accessible course, good first insight into the area of intercultural communication. Clear explanation and engaging. Encourages to further continue exploring these aspects. Thank you!
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