Intercultural Communication [CRN 77122]

Discipline: Communication Studies
Instructor: Meares
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1510
End: 1630
Field Work: Day 1 - Monday, 19 September | Greece
Prerequisites: One (1) college composition course OR demonstration of strong writing skills Download Syllabus

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 Work

Country: 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.

Learning Objectives:
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.