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The program will consist of information related to adult education in Sweden and global competencies. The specific intent of the program is to familiarize the students with Sweden and its adult learning endeavors, but also to provide intercultural and global experiences for the students in the graduate program.
The attached syllabus describes the course as “A study of the distinctive characteristics of Sweden, its history, culture, education system, adult life, and the implications for adult learning. Current practices as well as historical efforts that influence working with adult learners are explored, especially areas related to cultural sensitivity. Story/dialogue method research strategies will emphasize the exploration of cultural differences and cross-cultural competence/exposure. A review of current and needed cross-cultural research and/or literature will also be explored. The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of international/global adult education efforts, agencies, leaders, participants, and germane topics related to broadly conceived cross-cultural competencies. Attention is given to cross-cultural competence and sensitivity and to emerging social issues and movements influencing Sweden in general and intercultural awareness of issues such as economic and community development, environment, and educationally-related topics.”
The history, culture, and environment of Sweden are being directly integrated into the program. Sightseeing and cultural events will include two major museums and major locations in Stockholm to provide the students with the history and culture of Sweden specifically and Scandinavia in general.
At least three half days will be field experiences. The first one will be a tour of Stockholm and its historical sites. Another will be arranged visits to educational institutions near Stockholm, including Lemshaga. Whether we actually visit the site of the university associated with the Adult Education degree program or whether we invite one of the professors to visit us is still unresolved. Other adult learning situations will also be identified for the third visit.
The actual number of classroom contact hours will be 30 hours (two full days at 8.5 hours each); 3 half days at 4.5 hours each); field experience hours will include 4 hours on Sunday (later the day of arrival to be exposed to the vicinity of Stockholm), 6 hours on Monday (sightseeing related to historical events, including museums), 5 hours on Thursday (visits to Swedish educational institutions) and 5 hours on Friday for a total of 20 hours (visits to adult education activities) (translating to 10 contact hours); additional hours may be included for some of the evenings as we get involved in class activities. With the design and contact of a research project, students will actually be involved in additional hours.
There are no plans to work with another institution for this course.
Learning Outcomes/Objectives will include the ability of the students to:
- Identify crucial components of Swedish history and culture.
- Demonstrate a greater understanding of adult education practices and issues in Sweden.
- Compare and contrast Swedish adult education practices, programs, and policies to those of the United States.
- Recognize the significance of global/international interaction in the context of being a citizen of the world.
- Identify issues of cross-cultural competence and sensitivity based on experiences and assigned literature.
- Utilize story/dialogue method to conduct qualitative research to investigate differences in cultural exposure and cross-cultural competence.
- Conduct and complete a research project with reported results related to cross-cultural competence.
The instructional models to be used will include adult education, international competencies, and cultural exposure research.
Course title: Cross-cultural Competence and Swedish Adult Education
Codes: ADE 7937
Number of students: 15-20
Contact hours on site: 28 (2 full days, 3 half days)
Contact hours off-site: 3 half days
Dr. Waynne James has experience in numerous trips to Sweden previously, a Sweden study abroad trip in 2010, extensive international travel, and basic research into cross-cultural competence.
Students will be housed in the Lemshaga Manor and School, Hemvarsgarden, 13461 Ingaro, Sweden. Classrooms will be available either in the meeting room where meals will be served or in the Lemshaga School.
Students must be seeking a graduate degree at the University of South Florida.
This course does not require the students to learn the native language, since English is the common second language in Sweden.
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Visas are not required of United States citizens for visits to Sweden.
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
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Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.
Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed safety and health information given in our Pre-Departure Guide before you travel. Also, don't forget to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
Sweden is not listed as a country where issues other than normal security concerns (such as those in the United States) would be a concern. There is no need for vaccinations.
Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.
USF Education Abroad
Phone: (813) 974-4043