Intercultural Communication (Section 1)

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: D’Silva
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1050
End: 1205
Field Work: Day 1 - Saturday, 30 August | Russia Download Syllabus

We live in a global village where all of us, who share this planet, depend on each other.  Successful interactions in the global village are possible when we realize that different cultures may not hold the views we do. These cultural differences including language, nonverbal communication, power relations, among others will be covered in the class with the goal of learning to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries.  We will explore the complexities of intercultural communication using four conceptual perspectives: social psychological perspective, the interpretive perspective, the critical perspective, and the dialectical perspective.   The countries visited on this voyage will become the context to deepen your understanding of a wide range of cultures, and to help you improve your intercultural communication skills.

Field Work

Country: Russia
Day: 1 - Saturday, 30 August

To experience how cultures, as we know them today, evolved as an adaptation to environmental and historical circumstances, our field lab will take us to St. Petersburg, Russia.  We will visit Peterhof, the grand palace established by Peter the Great and renovated by Catherine the Great. After Peterhof, we will visit Dostoevsky’s Apartment.  The opulence of the Peterhof and the simplicity of Dostoevsky’s living arrangements will present a study in contrasts.  They will give us a glimpse into Russia’s historical progression from the Romanovs to the October Revolution.  Dostoevsky’s apartment is the location where he wrote the Brothers Karamazov.  We will read a few chapters from his book prior to our visit. We will be walking the grounds of the Peterhof so wear comfortable shoes.  Bring an observant eye to see aspects of Russian culture which you will incorporate into the writing of your paper.   Academic Objectives: 1. Understand Russian imperial history 2. Contrast the lives of the Romanovs with that of everyday people 3. Absorb the context of Dostoevsky’s writing of the Brothers Karamazov