Conflict Management and Communication [CRN 29367]

Discipline: Communication Studies
Instructor: Khrebtan-Hörhager
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0930
End: 1050
Field Work: Day 6 | February 13, 2018 | Vietnam
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

SPCM 436, “Conflict Management & Communication,” examines theoretical and practical issues concerning conflict management, communication, and power in various social environments. The course has six major objectives/goals/intended learning outcomes: (1) to develop knowledge about the nature and mechanisms of differences that produce conflict; (2) to acquaint students with various attitudes, habits, perspectives, and beliefs related to conflict; (3) to familiarize students with the concepts, principles, and theories of conflict management and resolution; (4) to examine various types of conflicts, ranging from personal, relational, and family, to organizational, intercultural, and global; (5) to explore the growing field of conflict management and resolution and different ways to constructively approach conflict, negotiate, and mediate; (6) to transform students into empathetic citizens with a global mindset and a communicative skill set of conflict resolution in culture-specific interactions as well as in the context of globalization and ongoing migration.

Field Work

Country: Vietnam
Day: 6
Date: February 13, 2018

By visiting War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels, and meeting with a local artist, The Past that Would Not Passprovides a unique chance of experiential learning about international conflict, politics of memory, rhetoric of materiality and visual rhetoric, as well as cultural legacy of Vietnam War.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Connect constructs/theories/models from Conflict Management and Communication, especially international and ideological conflict, to cultural experiences and knowledge gained while at port.
  2. Understand the complexity of international conflict through the rhetoric of materiality in a three-step process: theory/history from the exhibits of the museum; human interaction/dialogue with an artist (either a photographer or a filmmaker); the hands-on experience/unique sensation of being in the actual former trenches, to “touch” the traces of war.
  3. Make connections over time and understand legacy of Vietnam War, the Cold War, and strategies of coming to terms with the past.