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Cultural Competency: Professionalism & Practice - Sem 2

Key information

  • Module code:

    5ACC0001

  • Level:

    5

  • Semester:

      Spring

  • Credit value:

    15

Module description

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 is intended for students across all undergraduate programmes at King's and, as such, is designed in such a way as to provide different but equivalent mixtures of familiar and challenging material for students from different disciplinary backgrounds.

Students will interact with one another and will take part in cross-disciplinary dialogue that will serve to reinforce the knowledge and understanding that the module provides. They will also engage with cultural competency as a practical skill, through exploring community projects and related interest groups. The module is relevant for all programmes: it recognises but cuts across disciplinary differences and speaks to the broader intellectual and personal values of the university. To ensure this, the concepts, topics and methods covered in this module are also derived from student co-creation

This level five module, "Cultural Competency: Professionalism & Practice", is one part of the broader Cultural Competency programme being developed at King's. At King's, we understand cultural competency as the ability to view the world through the lens of others, in all their diversity, including people from different nations and regions, socio-economic backgrounds, races, genders, ages, religions, sexual orientations, and abilities. This entails developing and enabling institution-wide understanding of concepts including positionality, intersectionality, and interdisciplinarity.

This level five module will sit alongside the Cultural Competency Kickstarter (a university-wide induction module, co-created with students, that launched in September 2021), and the central contribution of cultural competency to the King's First Year module (piloting September 2022).

One of the core principles of the Cultural Competency programme is 'integration', which we understand as both the integration of students, with all their varied experiences and perspectives, into the King’s community and the ability of those students to integrate their cultural competency into their own areas of study. This latter kind of integration will be facilitated in both more theoretically sophisticated and more applied ways, whether students are building on previous engagement with the Kickstarter and/or King's First Year, or whether they are coming to the subject for the first time.

The module consists of four main intersecting themes, each of which informs the others:

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

4. 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.

Assessment details

Portfolio 100%

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 is intended for students across all undergraduate programmes at King's and, as such, is designed in such a way as to provide different but equivalent mixtures of familiar and challenging material for students from different disciplinary backgrounds.

We want students to be challenged, but also to be able to see clearly how what they learn is applicable to their own experience. These different perspectives will also be made use of: students will interact with one another and will take part in cross-disciplinary dialogue that will serve to reinforce the knowledge and understanding that the module provides.

They will also engage with cultural competency as a practical skill, through exploring community projects and related interest groups.

The module is relevant for all programmes: it recognises but cuts across disciplinary differences and speaks to the broader intellectual and personal values of the university. To ensure this, the concepts, topics and methods covered in this module are also derived from student co-creation conducted over the academic year 2020-21, in which over 120 students, representing every Faculty at King's, came together in regular workshops with the explicit goal of shaping the approach and content of the Cultural Competency programme and its modules.

Learning outcomes

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.

Teaching pattern

Weekly: 1 hour online content, 1 hour face-to-face seminar.

 

Module description disclaimer

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