Illustration - Introduction Module 1: You and your encounters. Online self-study course for educators working with the Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters (AIE).Introduction

In the introduction to this course you read that the notion of 'intercultural encounter' is central to the Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters (AIE). One of the underlying assumptions of the AIE is that, when an individual encounters a member of another cultural group and critically reflects on that experience, a process of self-examination may be initiated which involves thinking about identity. In this first module you explore the concept of self-identity and how the AIE encourages users to write about themselves.


By the end of this module you should have a better understanding of:

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  • The term 'self-identity'
  • The multitude of meanings 'self' can be associated with
  • The variety of cultural influences on identity formation
  • The significance of the first section of the AIE: Who I am