Intercultural Communication [CRN 27479]

Discipline: Communication Studies
Instructor: Cushner
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1530
End: 1650
Field Work: Day 1 | March 18, 2019 | South Africa
Prerequisites: The instructor is willing to waive the standard CSU prerequisite – one (1) college composition course – provided students have completed ample writing within their undergraduate studies. Most undergraduate English courses will satisfy the requirement. Download Syllabus

Regardless of your field of study or ultimate career trajectory you are more than likely to engage in deep interpersonal and professional relationships with people whose cultural background is significantly different from your own. The primary objective of this course is to provide students with an appreciation of global diversity and the role of communication in opening up channels of dialogue to discuss and analyze a variety of intercultural communication practices, situations, and traditions. The course will provide a survey of intercultural communication theory and practice, and encourage the cultivation of communicative competence with people from different cultural backgrounds both in domestic and international settings, as well as across a variety of contexts. The course balances attention to concepts and principles with experientially based study designed to apply theoretical understandings in concrete, international locations.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 1
Date: March 18, 2019

This field class will enable us to experience firsthand intercultural communication and interaction in a South African context.  We will share at least a part of the day with South African young people in one or both of the following activities: a discussion/dialogue with young people currently in a Youth@Work Programme at the Desmond and Lea Tutu Foundation; and/or, meeting with the staff of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation to explain their reconciliation journey in South Africa. Learning Objectives:

  1. Communicate and interact with South African young people that center on issues of youth empowerment and/or reconciliation;
  2. Learn about critical programs that apply intercultural learning as a major component of their work;
  3. After the experience, analyze the challenges they personally encountered during their intercultural interaction with South African young people.