We are all cultural beings – our norms, expectations, and values are shaped by our membership in different cultural groups. This course will provide an introduction to the complexity of communication between people from different cultural backgrounds, with a particular emphasis on global diversity. This survey course will introduce you to some of the concepts, theories and approaches associated with the study of intercultural communication.
Field WorkCountry: Greece
Day: 1 - Monday, 19 September
This field class will examine the impact of nationality on other aspects of identity, including gender, age, and ethnicity. By interacting with Greek students and meeting with representatives of an NGO assisting refugees, the students will compare and contrast Greek, US American, and other nationalities’ cultural norms. In addition, through learning about the current refugee crisis, the students will explore how conflict, civil war, and migration influence culture and identity.
1. Examine and articulate the impact of nation state on cultural identity.
2. Describe the intersections of various aspects of cultural identity.
3. Explore the refugee crisis and the impact of civil war on identity and personal choices.