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!"
To pass PD8, a student must satisfy both of the below requirements:
- earn an overall grade of at least 50% on Assignments 1 - 4 (plus any bonus opportunities)
- receive a minimum of 50% on the Major Reflective Report
If you have a question about grading in PD8, contact the course team using the information in the sidebar.