Operationalizing Culture

Thinking Differently about Behavior in the Human Domain

Ten years in Iraq and Afghanistan; relief efforts fighting the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa; support of ongoing counterinsurgencies and counter-terrorist actions in Africa and elsewhere - these represent the breadth of U.S. military action around the world.

These events have emphasized the difficulty in establishing effective relationships and sustaining partnerships with a variety of actors that make up the cross-cultural complexity of missions. And all take place in the human domain, a culturally complex association of places, spaces, peoples and activities; all made meaningful and sustained by human behavior of all groups.

Operationalizing Culture is an online distance learning course designed to provide necessary knowledge and skills critical to operating successfully in the human domain. Success requires a cognitive rewiring, labeled thinking differently, a set of transferable skill-based cross-cultural competencies, and a foundational working knowledge of commonly shared cultural domains, or culture-general. This course introduces concepts such as kinship, exchange, law and order and others that provides application to an array of mission and operations.

"Op Culture" is designed for a variety of Departments and agencies, such as Defense and State, and organizations and NGOs whose personnel encounter cross-cultural complexity in a variety of operations, missions, responses and aid programs. Instruction includes eight modules and features a mixture of videos, readings and facilitated weekly assignments. The course is designed for an 8-week session. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate from the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language and Norwich University.

More information and course enrollment.

For any questions, contact Institute for the Study of Culture and Language and Aperture LanguaCulture Director, Dr. Robert R. Greene Sands, rsands@norwich.edu

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