Intercultural Communication (IC) focuses on how culture affects the communication process. This seminar will focus on Intercultural Communication theory and Cross-Cultural psychology.
The goals of the course will be the following:
1. to understand how the communication process differs among cultures
2. to develop a practical understanding of how cross-cultural problems may be resolved
3. to further understanding of the merits and demerits of our own cultural norms
4. to understand how hidden cultural biases can influence communication
5 to develop a greater sensitivity to cultural differences
In addition to introducing basic theories of IC via homework reading assignments, students will be given practical cross-cultural problems to analyze, conduct short cross-cultural surveys and make oral presentations.
Highlights of topics to be covered:
1) Defining culture
2) to understand how the communication process differs among cultures
3) to develop a practical understanding of how cross-cultural problems may be resolved
4) to gain some understanding of how culture is a tool affecting communication
5) to recognize ethnocentrism and cultural relativity
6) to develop a greater sensitivity to cultural difference
A lot of reading outside the classroom, and preparation for presentations required. This seminar a continuation of the first semester course Introduction to Intercultural Communication. It is recommended students take the introduction first.
Grading will be based on the following criteria:
Class participation: 20%
Essay Exams: 40%
Oral presentations: 40%
Students who miss 1/3 of the total number of classes will receive an automatic 0.
Students are encouraged to share in class any experiences they may have had that relate to the topic being covered in class. Active participation will positively affect one's grade.
Students shall be assigned 1-2 oral presentation assignments, of which the schedule will be determined at a later date. The oral presentation will be graded on your ability to:
Develop, research, and organize your ideas.
Demonstrate an understanding of basic IC theory
Several essay exams or papers relating to the material covered will be required.
Papers will be graded both from a grammatical point of view (spelling, grammar, proper formatting, page numbering, bibliographic style), and for content (quality of research, presentation, writing style, clarity of expression, perceived effort, references used).
The course readings will be drawn from the following sources :
1. Shiraev, E.B. and Levy, D.A. (2013). Cross-Cultural Psychology. Boston: Pearson.
2. Ting-Toomey, S. and Chung, L.C. (2012) Understanding Intercultural Communication. 2nd ed. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishing Co.
This course is taught entirely in English at a higher level than undergraduate courses. Students are expected to have a good command of English (e.g. TOEIC 550+).
Tuesdays 2:40-4:00 and by appointment