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IESEG School of Management ( IÉSEG )

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Niveau Année de formation Période Langue d'enseignement 
Professeur(s) responsable(s)J.MELLORS
Intervenant(s)James Mellors

Pré requis

Students should be able to demonstrate a fundamental understanding of cultural diversity as well as the ability to reason logically, and abstractly. Openmindedness and a readiness to explore internal, and external perspectives in an honest way are paramount. Students should be comfortable with basic academic research methods, and autonomous study.

Objectifs du cours

At the end of the course, the student should be able to :
Demonstrate advanced cultural sensitivity, critical thinking, ethical reasoning and psychological analysis.
Students will be able to understand the general challenges of culture shock, and differentiate between those general differences, and the unique challenges of returning to one's culture of origin (reverse culture shock).
Students should acquire a practical toolbox of methods to assist in their reintegration into their home society, as well as acquiring the theoretical knowledge to truly comprehend the process. Students should be able to differentiate between between individual, and cultural thinking patterns, and be able to analyse their own culture from a semi external perspective. Through this, students will deepen their understanding of different cultures, be able to assist in the integration of exchange students in France, and successfully readapt to studying here.

Contenu du cours

1) What is culture shock? A review of the U curve, the causes of culture shock, and how to deal with it.
2) Understanding reverse culture shock. W- curve. Confusion and the metaworld.
3) Psychological self-analysis. Creating our own self profile.
4) Perception investigation. Reviewing cultural intensity factors and exploring their relation with RCS.
5) The Fix. Mapping the path to successful re-entry and reintegration.
6) The next step. Dealing with identity challenges and utilising our experiences to positive effect.

Modalités d'enseignement

Organisation du cours

TypeNombre d'heuresRemarques
Face to face
Interactive class16,00  
Independent work
Reference manual 's readings10,00  
Independent study
Group Project10,00  
Individual Project10,00  
Estimated personal workload10,00  
Charge de travail globale de l'étudiant56,00  

Méthodes pédagogiques

  • Presentation
  • Research
  • Project work
  • Interactive class


Assessment will balance theoretical understanding and practical production. The final written exam will test theoretical understanding. A group project and oral presentation will test practical production. An individual research paper will combine the two. Details of projects will be provided in session 1.

Type de ContrôleDuréeNombrePondération
Continuous assessment
Oral presentation0,00115,00
Final Exam
Written exam0,00135,00
Group Project0,00115,00
Individual Project0,00125,00
TOTAL     100,00


  • A full recommended reading list will be provided in session 1 -

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