Intercultural Communication (Section 2) [CRN 77122]

Discipline: Communication Studies
Instructor: Cushner
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1530
End: 1650
Field Work: Day 5 | November 8, 2017 | Myanmar (Burma)
Prerequisites: One (1) college composition course; Per instructor: I am willing to waive the prerequisite for this course. While we will do plenty of writing and just about any undergraduate English course would be helpful, I do not see it necessary to have a documented course. 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: Myanmar (Burma)
Day: 5
Date: November 8, 2017

The Parami Institute in Yangon, Myanmar, is among the first institutions attempting to promote democratic principles, critical thinking, interdisciplinary learning and responsible citizenship for the long-term needs of this developing country.  With the vision to create change agents from all walks of life, Parami institute aims to transform our youth to effective leaders and responsible citizens through liberal education. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Meet with faculty, staff and students to learn about the developing work of the Parami Institute, its education and leadership development programs and goals.
2. Apply our intercultural communication skills through person-to-person interaction with local students through a shared cultural experience and visit to a local cultural site.
3. Make personal connections with young people in Myanmar.