What is cultural competency? Why is it important in my studies, and how can I put it into practice? This multi-and-cross-disciplinary level 5 module will provide students from across the College with the tools with which to answer these key questions. It aims to develop students' critical awareness of the core issues surrounding cultural competency, such as power, equality, positionality, intersectionality and social justice and offer them the conceptual and practical 'know-how', with which to implement this awareness in their academic, professional, and everyday lives, and through this to effect positive change. The module will equip students with skills that are essential for all professionals, and will enable them to be effective global citizens.
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Educational aims & objectives
This module aims to develop students’ critical awareness of the core issues surrounding cultural competency, and to provide them with practical tools with which to implement this awareness in their academic, professional, and everyday lives, and through this to effect positive change. While the module is embedded in the students’ experience at King’s, it will also equip them with skills that are highly regarded by employers, and which will enable them to be effective global citizens. The module “Cultural Competency: Professionalism & Practice” consists of four main intersecting themes, each of which informs the others:
- Theories, Paradigms and Frameworks: This theme explores some of the core concepts, divergent theoretical trends, and primary paradigms and frameworks that underpin the work of cultural competency.
- History and Historiography of Power, Social Justice, and Equality: This theme unpacks the historical trajectory of the social construction of power asymmetry, systemic injustice, and inequality, at both societal and interpersonal levels.
- Creativity and Interdisciplinary Methodologies: This theme engages with interdisciplinary methodologies that inform cultural competency both as a learned subject, and a requirement of professional development. Creative methodologies, including from the written and visual arts, will be encouraged as means to challenge the status quo in existing cultural competency research and practice.
- Cultural Strategies for Change: This theme brings all the preceding themes together to enable students to think creatively about how to make the world a better place. They will engage with an area of their own interest and creatively co-create meaningful changes to policies, procedures, or behaviours within this chosen context.
Students will gain knowledge, understanding, critical cultural awareness, self-awareness and communication skills, which will inform not just their studies and professions but also their lives beyond King’s.
Identity key theoretical frameworks that are related to and/or underpin the principles of cultural competency
Explain the different ways in which cultural competency can effect change.
Distinguish functions of cultural competency in different personal, institutional, and professional settings.
Recognise and understand the different and shifting perspectives of others, and demonstrate reflexivity in behaviour towards others in different contexts.
Communicate sensitively and with empathy in a range of academic, institutional, professional, and personal contexts.
Reflect on key contemporary debates and apply meaningful cultural strategies within a given context.
Per Week: 1 hour online self-guided content; 1 hour in-person seminar
Suggested reading list
- Asante, Molefi Kete, Miike, Yoshitaka and Yin, Jing (eds.), The Global Intercultural Communication Reader (London: Routledge, 2008)
- Frawley, Jack, Nguyen, Tran, and Sarian, Emma (eds.), Transforming Lives and Systems. Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Interface (Singapore: Springer Singapore, 2020) Grzanka, Patrick (ed.), Intersectionality. Foundations and Frontiers (New York: Routledge, 2019)
- Reisch, Michael (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice (New York: Routledge, 2014)
- Waylen, Georgina (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
- Kurylo, Anastacia, Inter/Cultural Communication: Representation and Construction of Culture (Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2012)