Social Responsibility and Intercultural Competence
Social responsibility includes intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to
engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Intercultural competence includes:
1. Knowledge of your own culture and how it has shaped your world view.
2. Knowledge of significant characteristics of other cultures.
3. Awareness of differences and similarities in cultures.
4. Ability to adjust your actions to successfully interact with someone of another culture.
How do we continuously improve our intercultural competence? First, by understanding that intercultural
competence is complex and it requires growing and maturing in three areas: mind set, heart set, and skill set.
Mind set is the domain where as we learn and engage with others, we recognize similarities and differences. A
growth mind set requires self-awareness and cultural awareness.
Heart set is the domain where we learn to acknowledge, appreciate, and accept cultural differences. There are
six dimensions to your heart set:
1. Self esteem
2. Self-monitoring
3. Empathy
4. Open mindedness
5. Reserved judgment
6. Social relaxation
Skill set involves our intercultural agility; the ability to adjust your actions to successfully interact with
someone of another culture. Specific skills include message skills, appropriate self-disclosure, behavioral
flexibility, and interaction management.
Knowledge of civic responsibility includes:
1. Recognizing your civic responsibility to a specific community.
2. Identifying actions you will take as a citizen to address the pertinent issues within your community.
Engagement in a community includes:
1. Describing effective participation in civic engagement activities.
2. Understanding the purpose and benefits of your engagement in the community.
As you can see, intercultural competence requires:
Social Responsibility Assessment MVC Psychology Professor Deb Yoder
Social Responsibility Assessment
Due February 26, 2020
Assignment Overview: You will watch three short video’s, discuss them with a person/persons of a different
culture than you, then answer eight writing prompts to write a reflection essay. The assignment will then be
uploaded to eCampus no later than April 20, 2020.
Watch the video “Engagement is the Answer! Cross-Cultural Lessons in Life and Psychology”
Laura Johnson | TEDxUM
Watch the video “Defining Intercultural Competence”
Watch the video If I Could Change the World
Discuss the videos with someone from a different culture than yours. Observe, Think, Listen, Reflect, Question,
Respond. What is your mindset, heart set, skill set? Can you see another’s perspective? What can you do?
What can we do together?
Assignment detailed instructions: Write a three-page (minimum of 750 words) essay addressing the following
eight questions. The paper should be in APA format, double spaced, 12 font, and include
references/bibliography on the fourth page. The title page should include only your name, course and section
number, and your instructor’s name. Upload your essay on the eCampus course page under “Assessment” no
later than Feb. 26, 2020. You will turn in a total of five pages: title page, three-page narrative, bibliography
Write eight paragraphs addressing these eight prompts:
Part 1 Intercultural Competence
1. Identify and describe a specific issue of concern to a specific community for the focus of your essay.
Choose from DACA and immigration laws, racism, prochoice/prolife, millennials, rape culture, gender
equality, same-sex marriage, marijuana laws, religion in schools, human trafficking, white privilege,
police brutality, gun control, or another social justice issue.
2. Define culture and cultural competence and discuss how your own culture has shaped your identity
and world view related to the issue you chose.
3. Discuss significant characteristics about another culture and how and why they see this issue perhaps
differently than you. (put yourself in their shoes, see it from their perspective)
4. Discuss how you have or how you might adjust your actions and communication style to successfully
interact with someone from another culture/viewpoint.
Part 2 Engagement with Communities: Social Responsibility
5. Discuss your civic responsibility related to the issue you chose to write about in this essay.
6. Discuss effective participation in civic engagement activities related to this issue.
7. Describe your understanding of the purpose and benefits of civic engagement.
8. If you have engaged in civic activities related to this issue or another issue of importance to you,
describe that experience. What was the purpose? What were the benefits? What did you learn?
Social Responsibility Assessment MVC Psychology Professor Deb Yoder
Helpful assignment tips:
Study the attached grading rubric before you begin writing to be clear on the assignment expectations.
You may also choose to visit the Writing Center on campus in W114 to get help writing an exemplary paper.
Due Date: Final paper must be uploaded on eCampus by February 26
th, under the Assessment Tab in your
psychology course main menu. This assignment will be graded using elements of the MVC Quality
Enhancement Program (QEP) Writing Rubric and Standards of Critical Thinking. If you are in a face-to-face class
on the Mountain View Campus, every classroom has a poster that lists these elements:
Standards of Critical Thinking
o Clarity: understandable, nothing is confusing
o Accuracy: the information is true, correct, and can be verified. Project demonstrates accurate and
knowledgeable understanding of one’s ingroup and the outgroup and the relevant issue.
o Precision: includes the specific information needed to address and explain the problem, issues.
o Relevance: Incorporates meaningful information and observations. Information provided relates
directly to the project.
o Depth: includes enough complex information to address the psychological concepts related to ingroup
and outgroup dynamics.
o Breadth: involves more than one point of view; considers alternative perspectives
Logic: answers/paper makes sense; nothing is confusing, no contradictions
o Significance: focuses on the important aspects of the ingroup’s and outgroup’s identities, positions,
beliefs, norms, (culture). respondent’s life, not the trivial
o Fairness: considers the thoughts and views of others

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