This course will provide a survey of intercultural communication theory and practice, and cultivate communicative competence with people from different cultural backgrounds both in domestic and international settings, as well as across a variety of contexts. The course focuses on the development of self-reflexivity and cultural awareness by balancing attention to concepts and principles with experientially-based study designed to apply theoretical understandings in concrete, international locations.
Field WorkCountry: Japan
Day: 2 - Monday, 25 January
Students in this lab will explore multiple communication facets of Japan by visiting several settings reflecting the contexts of Japanese ancient, modern, and popular culture. Students will experience and observe individual and group communication practices in these contrasting settings.
1. To observe concrete communication practices of involving space, time, nonverbal, and verbal communication in contrasting settings
2. To develop at least three, distinct communication guidelines that emerge from observations and demonstrate intercultural communication competence
3. To explore how contrasting communication contexts contribute to the formation Japanese cultural identity
4. To apply key concepts from intercultural communication research in order to analyze the nature of Japanese culture.