Intercultural Communication (Section 2)

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: D’Silva
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1425
End: 1540
Field Work: Day 2 - Tuesday, 21 October | Spain 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: Spain
Day: 2 - Tuesday, 21 October

An important aspect of a region’s culture is its religion.  Through the centuries, religion has influenced people’s lives in complex ways.  Examining the religious history of Spain allows us to see both the grandeur of Catholic Spain as also its brutal intolerance towards other faiths.  On our field lab, we will first travel for about an hour from Barcelona city to visit the majestic abbey of Montserrat.  Here students will learn, from a monk, more about Catholic monastic life and how it differs from the religious life in other Cathedrals of Europe.    After lunch we will travel back to Barcelona and visit the Barcelona Cathedral.   We will end our field lab with a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter (El Call) and Synagogue. Academic Objectives:

  1. Understand the history of Christianity in Europe and specifically in Spain
  2. Learn about the role of the monastery in Catalan culture
  3. Gain knowledge about monastic life within the Christian tradition
  4. Learn the contrasts between priests and monks
  5. Become aware of the history of Catholic oppression of Jews during the Renaissance