MSU Continuing Education to offer going global course to aid in cultural understanding

MSU News – Business (College)

January 13, 2017 — MSU News Service

BOZEMAN – Montana State University’s Extended University will offer a new non-credit course in February called going global: intercultural skills for work and play.
The interactive course is designed to help people better understand, work with or simply be a part of culturally diverse communities by increasing participants’ intercultural competency.
The course will include self-assessment surveys, group exercises and extensive discussions. There will also be opportunities for all to share their own travel experiences and stories of cultural misunderstandings and connections. The course is relevant for world travelers as well as those who want to build stronger ties within our own community.
This new offering is based on a series of popular, research-based intercultural courses offered by MSU. The course is structured in a blended format, in which students will access online readings and TED talks, then discuss those materials in instructor-led discussions.
The four-week experiential course meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 on the MSU campus in Gaines Hall. Parking is available close to Gaines Hall and is free after 6 p.m.
Lori Goss Lawson, the course instructor, has spent more than 12 years designing and teaching courses for MSU, including multiple culture-based classes, such as one on the dimensions of international business for the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and another course on the global perspective of film, photos and culture. She also designed a course offering differing perspectives on global poverty for MSU’s Honors College and led a group of 16 students to the Dominican Republic to study the impact of micro-lending and eco-tourism.
Lawson has received several teaching awards and currently serves as the faculty adviser for the International Business Club and as a faculty mentor for Engineers Without Borders. When not teaching at MSU, Lawson works as an intercultural consultant for domestic and international groups and businesses.

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