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Why is it important to study culture? Because culture influences everything we think, say, and do. With this in mind, it is important for Airmen to study culture because of the diverse missions requiring interaction with people from different cultures at home and abroad. In order to improve interactions with counterparts, Airmen must become more aware of how culture affects those interactions. This course teaches students how to improve mission success by identifying a culture’s effects, being able to see a situation from different perspectives, and predicting the consequences of cross-cultural interactions. Moreover, the ITC course equips students with tools to improve their skills of observation and their ability to orient to new or changing situations.

This course is specifically designed as an interdisciplinary social science course, grounded in anthropology, cross-cultural communication, social and cognitive psychology, political science, and cultural geography. By combining knowledge and approaches from these extensive academic fields, ITC provides a unique experience that is both academic and practical. AFCLC’s goal is to offer the key insights most relevant to Airmen and demonstrate how to apply them in cross-cultural interactions.

Eligibility
This course is offered by The Air University to enlisted members of the US Armed Forces (Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve) participating in the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Program.

 
Enrollment
To enroll in the course, you must apply through the AU Portal, which can be found on the AF Portal. Applications can only be submitted during the "Enrollment Window" periods listed in the Course Dates section. Download Enrollment Directions

 

Program Transcripts
The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) will transcript the earned academic credit from this course. To view/order transcripts visit the CCAF website.

This course is an entirely on-line, self-paced 12 module course, which requires you to accomplish short readings, watch associated video clips/presentations, and complete knowledge checks/exercises within the Canvas Learning Management System. There will be formal lesson quizzes, a midterm and a final exam.

Types of Tests
Summative assignments will be used to measure understanding and determine the final grade.

Test Scoring and Feedback
Knowledge check/exercise and formative quiz results are instantaneous. Summative assignment results will typically be posted within 1 week of submission.

Course Materials
Course materials will be provided via the Canvas Learning Management System. Access to the internet for research assignments is required.

1. Understanding Culture and 3C

2. Undertanding Culture and Identity

3. Understanding Others

4. Understanding Your Environment

5. Language & Communication

6. Family & Kinship

7. Political & Social Relations

8. Religion & Spirituality

9. Aesthetics & Recreation

10. Recognizing and Using Other Domains of Culture

11. Cross-Cultural Conflict Management

12. Exercising Your Cultural OODA Loop

Upcoming Course Dates

Fall 2018-2019 Session

Enrollment Window
18 - 24 September 2018

Class Dates
11 October 2018 - 23 January 2019



Spring 2019 Session

Enrollment Window
5 - 11 March 2019

Class Dates
28 March - 10 July 2019

Course Information

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Academic Calendar

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Enrollment Directions

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FAQ

(updated Apr 2017)

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Address
Air Force Culture and Language Center
551 East Maxwell Blvd, Bldg 500
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

Phone
(334) 953-9292
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Fax
(334) 953-1614
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