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#LA-04-20 Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Crossing Borders

  • Categories Languages
  • Duration 18h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update March 4, 2024

About Course

University of Leeds


Learn what borders are and what motivates people to cross them

When thinking of borders, images of division often come to mind. This introductory course will help you learn how borders can both divide and connect territories or people.

You’ll encounter and discuss a range of different borders and employ theories to analyse and explain the functions and effects of different borders on space, and individuals who occupy them and cross them. You’ll explore different circumstances of crossing borders focusing on motivations such as travel or immigration and understand the effects of the invisible borders we all cross everyday.


Who will you learn with?

Haynes Collins

I am Director of Intercultural Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds.



Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

What Will I Learn?

  • Compare and contrast national and cultural borders.
  • Explore the extent to which borders differ and are the same.
  • Investigate the reasons for crossing borders and contrast experiences.
  • Describe how a range of cues enable us to recognise that we have crossed less formal borders.
  • Evaluate how borders both include and exclude people but can also serve as ways of bringing cultures together.
  • Compare the experiences of people crossing borders.

Topics for this course

15 Lessons18h


Welcome to Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Crossing Borders. This course explores different types of borders, how people cross them, and the effect that they can have on identity and interaction.
Welcome to the course ARTICLE
Introduction from Jane VIDEO (04:00)00:04:00

National borders?

In this activity, you look at territorial borders, including their functions and purposes. You will explore how they are marked and controlled, and how they help to form identity.

Cultural borders?

In this activity, you will explore cultural borders. These do not always overlap with national borders, and crossing them can have effects as profound as moving to another territory.

Borders as points of contact?

In the previous activities you explored national and cultural borders, focusing on their functions as barriers and symbols of identity. In this activity, you will explore borders as bridges and as resources.


To close this course, you will have the opportunity to reflect on it.

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • The course is for anyone with an interest in the way in which borders shape and influence how we view each other, you don’t need any previous experience.
  • This course is also ideal if you are preparing to move to a different country for work or study or you work with groups of people from different cultures to yours. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.