By understanding oneself, one can better understand others. This course acquaints participants with the major trends in American society today based upon an understanding of the roots of American cultural values. This course also introduces techniques for responding to the difficult questions that frequently arise in social situation overseas and develop skills to articulate to someone from another culture what it means to be American. This course is especially helpful to those relatively new to overseas living on a government assignment.
"Lots of humor- room for personality and different approaches (no right and wrong) - obviously a lot of thought and preparation was put into the facilitation aspect (structuring the class, use of different methods and media, etc.)- facilitation by several persons."
"This was the most concrete set of tips for putting news items, value questions etc. into perspective and was a really useful exercise."
"I especially liked that the presenters were from different subcultures in America and had served in different parts of the world and so as a team had a broader perspective on America and the world."
"Learning a number of different ways to answer questions based on the situation. It opened my mind to different approaches to use in answering questions."
Course Dates and Times
26 September 2013 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
17 December 2013 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
6 February 2014 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
22 April 2014 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
14 August 2014 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
This is a tuition-based course.
Tuition for non-State participants: $225
Virtual Resource Table
The following links and documents represent materials made available at the resource table during the class.
State Department Resources
Relevant FAM References
Articles of Interest
State Department Intranet Resource Links