PD8: Intercultural Skills gives students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s diverse workplaces. There’s more to cultural sensitivity than smiling and shaking hands — your colleagues may have different customs and cultural norms, and they deserve respect and accommodation. Students who take PD8 learn how to navigate cultural differences, adapt within international workplaces, and avoid common misunderstandings.
What do PD8 students do?
- Recognize cultural differences in verbal and non-verbal communication styles
- Explore personal biases and how to correct them
- Examine the impact of different cultural values and apply effective strategies to be successful on cross-cultural teams
- "I think [the course] covers the important topic of how cultural backgrounds play a role in the workplace, especially in a country as multicultural as Canada."
- "I am now aware that people from different cultures will interact with me differently based on the norms of their culture — therefore, I am now far less likely to assume that someone is 'rude,' rather, that they are simply different, or from a different culture at least!"
Students need to earn a grade of 50% to pass PD8. Students also need to earn a grade of 50% on the final assignment.
If you have a question about grading in PD8, contact the course team using the information in the sidebar.