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SKEMA Business School - GTI Course Requirements for Bachelor & ESDHEM students

The GTI is providing 12 hours of content for SKEMA's Bachelor's degree and ESDHEM students in their US History and Culture course. If you have any questions about these requirements, email gti_TA@ncsu.edu for clarification.

Course Overview - New Students for Spring 2014

Course requirements for new SKEMA students

Course Overview - Returning Students (studied at SKEMA US in past semesters)

Course requirements for returning SKEMA students

Grades & Assignments

Breakdown for NEW students

Breakdown for RETURNING students

Attendance is expected at all workshops. Being late is equivalent to one-half an absence and will affect your participation grade. Absences due to illness will be excused with proper medical documentation. Unexcused absences will result in a 0 for that portion of the course. There are no make-up sessions for missed workshops. You are responsible for keeping track of your scheduled workshop dates and times.

The majority of your grade is comprised of two personal reflections. The written personal reflection allows a person to look back at an experience in a thoughtful way that assesses the meaning and impact of the event. Reflections provide a means of self-assessment for the student to consider his or her own thinking and learning processes. They help students analyze their own observations, attitudes, beliefs, and values. Reflections can also help students make connections between the current and past experiences as well as future goals.

Students will be graded on each reflection on a 20-point scale according to this rubric. Students must work on personal reflections individually and not as a group. Any assignment turned in for academic evaluation must be completed in accordance with the NC State Code of Student Conduct. Students are expected to submit only work that is the product of their own efforts and must give proper credit and citation to all other information sources. Students may not turn in similar work or work that is identical or similar to any of their previous assignments. If any student is found guilty of plagiarism in any form, he or she will automatically receive a 0 on the assignment and be referred to SKEMA administrators. Students who do not submit the 2 required reflections outlined below will receive a 0 for that portion of the course. Assignments turned in after the deadlines will incur a 10% penalty for each 24-hour period it's late (ex. turning in your assignment at 5:01 pm means the highest grade you can receive is 18/20). Assignments that are turned in more than 5 days (including weekends and holidays) after the due date will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0 for that portion of the course. You are responsible for remembering the due dates of your assignments.

Culture Shock Workshop & Orientation (NEW students only)

This two-hour orientation is held during the first week of class for all of the new students in a small-group workshop setting . It is broken into two distinct sections, a workshop and discussion on culture shock and then an extensive overview of course expectations and requirements for the semester. Attendance and participation is compulsory for all new SKEMA US students.

Students will be able to:

  • identify the various stages of culture shock
  • apply strategies that will help them cope with culture shock
  • define culture and its role in their lives
  • identify differences between French and American cultures
  • navigate through various online platforms and systems so they can sign up for events and workshops

Building Friendships Workshop (NEW students only)

Trained peer leaders facilitate an interactive workshop for SKEMA and NC State students during the beginning of the semester. The workshop covers topics such as cultural differences in social behaviors and expectations. Student leaders present some of the biggest challenges American, French, and other international students face when they try to form friendships at NC State University. It allows students to examine and discuss various social scenarios in which cultural misunderstandings occur. Attendance and participation is compulsory for all new SKEMA US students.

Students will be able to:

  • describe the different expectations of friendship in French and American cultures
  • explain differences in non-verbal communication between French and American culture
  • compare and contrast cultural dimensions regarding time, activities with friends, and food
  • discuss the different expectations in social and business situations
  • identify the differences between safe and unsafe social situations

Mid-Semester Personal Reflection

After spending some time in a new culture and discussing cultural differences with Americans and other international students in the Building Friendships and Culture Shock Workshops, students should consider how they are responding to this experience. The mid-semester personal reflection should be 600-800 words and should examine what your experience has been like so far, applying lessons from the Building Friendships and Culture Shock workshops. Reflections must be submitted online by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 12th.

You can consider the following questions:

  • What did you learn about American culture from this experience and how could it help you in the future?
  • If you don't think you learned anything about American culture from this experience, why do you feel this way and how much responsibility do you bear for it?
  • What did you learn about your own culture from this experience and how could it help you in the future?
  • How will you make your experience more valuable for the duration of the semester?

International Cultural Leadership Project (ICLP)

Students must participate in 4 events of their choice throughout the semester. ICLP events include cultural, volunteer, and academic activities/events involving international and domestic NC State students. They also include Leadership Development Series workshops or any other academic workshop on campus with NC State students. Cultural events will explore traditional American recreation activities such as bowling and line dancing. Volunteer events will take place at various non-profit organizations around the Triangle.

  • Sign-ups for events planned by the GTI take place on OrgSync. Attendance is taken at GTI events. Failure to show up for an event or give proper notice results in a penalty. If you do this twice, you will be removed from OrgSync.
  • A weekly newsletter is posted to the GTI website and Facebook group with events and activities that will count for credit if you attend with 2 SKEMA and 2 NC State students. Proof of attendance must be submitted on OrgSync to receive credit for the event (upload a photo of everyone who attended and include the names of the SKEMA and NC State students).
  • Students can also propose their own ideas for an ICLP event. There must be at least 2 SKEMA and 2 NC State students at the event. Proof of attendance must be submitted on OrgSync to receive credit for the event (upload a photo of everyone who attended and include the names of the SKEMA and NC State students). Students should propose event ideas by sending them to gti_ta@ncsu.edu

Site visit for returning SKEMA students (studied at SKEMA US in past semesters)

SKEMA students who have previously studied at SKEMA US before this semester will be taken on an academic site visit to during the semester. The site visit is compulsory for returning SKEMA students. The GTI will arrange the transportation and logistics for the site visit. There is no make-up session for unexcused absences. The GTI will let students know the date, time, and location of the site visit via email in January.

Final Personal Reflection

The final personal reflection should be between 600-800 words and should cover your time here in the United States. It must be uploaded online by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 16th. A link will be emailed for you to complete and submit your assignment online. It's best to compose and save your reflection in a document editor like Microsoft Word and copy and paste it into your online submission in case there is a server error and your submission is lost.

The questions for the Final Reflection are identical to the Mid-Semester Reflection, however, your responses should be completely different. While the Mid-semester reflection should focus on the Building Friendships and Culture Shock workshops and lessons applied from each, the Final Reflection should be a synthesis of your semester as a whole: how you have grown and changed throughout the semester and lessons you will take with you into the future.

Examine and synthesize how you were affected by the activities you participated in, the people you've met, the courses you've taken, and other experiences you've had during your semester (or in some cases, your academic year) abroad by answering some or all of the following questions:

  • What did you learn about American culture from this experience and how could it help you in the future?
  • If you don't think you learned anything about American culture from this experience, why do you feel this way and how much responsibility do you bear for it?
  • What did you learn about your own culture from this experience and how could it help you in the future?
  • How could you have made this experience more valuable?