Intercultural Communication [CRN 77122]

Discipline: Communication Studies
Instructor: Sussman
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1400
End: 1520
Field Work: Day 6 | November 29, 2018 | China
Prerequisites: One (1) college composition course OR any undergraduate English course AND completion of no fewer than 30 credits Download Syllabus

We live in a global world.  Regardless of where you reside, your course of study or your intended career, you will be working and living with people who have different values, norms and communication styles.  In this course, you will be introduced to the wide range of global diversity in communication channels, settings and actors through the lens of intercultural communication theory. Foundations of communication style (e.g. ecology, demographics, cultural values, religious beliefs) will be explored so that you will better understand culture-based conversational, linguistic and nonverbal communication patterns.  These concepts will be applied to different communication settings such as the classroom, workplace, health care and diplomacy as well as to the development of more intimate intercultural relations. Ethical considerations regarding intercultural communication will be discussed. We will analyze case studies, films, intercultural training materials and negotiating and diplomatic bloopers.

Field Work

Country: China
Day: 6
Date: November 29, 2018

Thursday, November 29 Visit two educational settings in Shanghai, China.

First, observe the learning environment in a primary school where you will note teacher-student interactions, Chinese pedagogy, and classroom settings.  Then travel to the Shanghai International Studies University.  Meet with the faculty and students in the Intercultural Institute where they are doing cutting-edge research on intercultural communication.  Hear about their projects and plan a project that you will carry out with SISU students.

Learning objectives:
1.Observe Chinese learning environment; teacher-student relations
2.Apply Hofstede themes and Chinese values described in readings
3.Learn about cutting-edge intercultural research carried out at the SISU Intercultural Institute
4. Meet and plan a project with SISU ICI students