Co-cultural Communication examines identity and communication, in the context of the diversity of the United States, including the impact of history, power, privilege, and agency on how we use communication to challenge and reinforce existing social norms. Aspects of cultural identity that will be examined include race, class, gender, sexuality, social class, religion, ability/disability, and age. However, identity is complex and we all belong to multiple cultural groups, so the concepts of intersectionality and dialogue will be foundational. Included in the course will be issues of social categorization, media representations, voice, technology, and organizational communication.
Field WorkCountry: Trinidad and Tobago
Day: 2 - Monday, 14 November
Our field class will examine issues of diversity in Trinidad, including race, class, gender, and sexual orientation and how they are socially constructed in the local context. We will do so by talking with guest speakers, both from Port of Spain and expatriates who live there. We will include a focus on race, ethnicity, identity, and communication. As you listen and converse with the speakers, compare their experiences to your own. Learning Objectives 1.Students will learn about the complexity of race and ethnicity in the Trinidadian context. 2.Students will hear from representatives of the Indo-Trinidadian and Afro-Trinidadian communities. 3.Students will learn about the intersections of race and ethnicity with gender, age, religion, and other cultural identities.