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Intercultural Awareness My Experience in Morocco. I experienced Moroccan culture and the culture of Islam when I went to Morocco for a month. I was initially incredibly uncomfortable with how Moroccan people live.

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BS2301 Culture and International Business Portfolio Part I Individual Assignment "Intercultural Awareness - My Experience in Morocco" Sian Gillard K0711715 Word Count: 1200 Number of Pages: 8 Contents I. Introduction 3 II. Intercultural awareness - My Experience in Morocco 4 III. Appendix 6 III(a). References 6 III(b). Further reading 7 III(c). Key skills sheet 8 Introduction Culture is learned through members of their society, we start to learn it from a very young age. It includes morals, values and beliefs. These are acquired through group norms. I experienced Moroccan culture and the culture of Islam when I went to Morocco for a month. I was initially incredibly uncomfortable with how Moroccan people live. Culture shock is a process that occurs within a person, who finds themself in a foreign country where everything seems unfamiliar. It has many symptoms, which Oberg stated such as sadness and isolation. Although I attempted to reduce culture shock by researching Morocco before I arrived, I still found it completely unfamiliar. Culture shock was a daunting process for me to go through. It was the first time I had truly felt it as Moroccan culture was so contrasting to European culture. Oberg (1960) developed a concept relating to culture shock, stating that culture shock was in four stages: the honeymoon stage, the irritation and hostility stage, the gradual adjustment stage and the biculturalism stage. I experienced all of the four stages during my one month stay in Marrakesh, Morocco last year. ...read more.

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I felt that I had blown these small differences between the way we have to dress and the way men treat women, "out of proportion." (Ferraro, 2006, p.154.) These small problems had become huge obstacles for me, and I had a distorted view of Moroccan culture at this point. I had very little understanding of Islam at the time, and merely thought the men were very perverse and the women were severely mistreated. However, after a week or two I adjusted to it, and I started to gain an understanding. I realized that their actions were normal for them, and the underlying core meaning of these actions lies with their religion. I began to "negotiate daily life on my own." (Irwin, 2008, p.3.) The Moroccan culture became more predictable, it was inevitable that we would be stared at and called out to. We became accustomed to Morocco's behavioral norms. Although the difficulties of being harassed still remained, I was able to deal with them. Oberg refers to this stage as gradual adjustment (Oberg 1960). My irritation and my hostility towards the people of Morocco and the country itself was beginning to fade and turning into an understanding and an effort to adjust. Towards the end of the one month stay of Morocco, I began to adjust myself further to their culture. I was thoroughly enjoying myself there; I became familiar with their routines and their religion. I had a new found respect for their religion and for the women who sacrificed so much for it, and for their husbands and children. ...read more.

Conclusion

Because this was an individual assignment, I was working on my own. I feel that I managed my time well with this assignment; I started thinking about it very early on, enabling me to do a lot of research on the topic. I learned how to take things slowly and not to panic. Planning was vital in order for me to complete this assignment slowly and well before the deadline. I feel I am using the library an Increased amount compared to third year, I find it extremely useful. I feel that learning "around" the subject and doing an in-depth research helps me to write to the best of my ability. I learnt how to use my time in the library wisely, Finally, please outline what steps you will be taking to develop these capabilities further as a consequence of completing this assignment: As a consequence of completing this assignment, I'm going to ensure that I manage my time properly, like I have here, for all my assignments. It enables me to give myself time to think about the assignment, and to reflect upon it. I will develop these skills further by planning my weeks more to ensure that no hours during the day are wasted. I will also use the journals and the articles in the library to source more information and to do more research. During this assignment I learn that I am more than capable to source information and easily relate it to my assignment. I will continue to practice this further and ensure that I have no self-doubt. ?? ?? ?? ?? BS2301 Culture and International Business Sian Gillard k0711715 1 ...read more.

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