You have likely heard phrases such as “global diversity” and “international/intercultural communication” discussed at work, school, or even on the evening news. In an ever-increasing global and technological world, diversity as fact makes for an interesting study of attitudes, beliefs, values, and communicative behaviors regarding intercultural relationships. 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.
Field WorkCountry: China
Date: February 5, 2020
Students will travel to the Shanghai International Studies University, to meet with the faculty and students in the Intercultural Institute where they are doing cutting-edge research on intercultural communication. The Intercultural Institute at Shanghai International Studies University was the first of its kind in China to research intercultural communication and to train Chinese graduate students for academic and applied careers. Comparatively, students will then travel to a primary school learning environment to observe teacher-student interactions, Chinese pedagogy, and cultural classroom settings.
1. Experience elements of Chinese culture, patterns of communication, relationships between superior-subordinate, and a variety of context-based communication behaviors
2. Engage with Chinese students and observe how this institute of higher education prepares citizens for effective interculturally based careers
3. Observe and assess concepts, principles, theories, and strategies of effective intercultural communication