Because the world has rapidly changed – global interconnectedness and changing demographics – the study of intercultural communication is more important than ever. The ability to work with and understand others from multiple frames of reference is a necessity, not a luxury. This course is designed to provide both an historical and theoretical understanding of the field combined with the practical application to the countries visited during the semester. The course explores the complex relationships between culture and communication processes using social, psychological, interpretive and critical perspectives. The course also considers the importance of social, historical and cultural context in intercultural interactions.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Day: 2 - Friday, 23 October
The Field Lab will be an “Intercultural Interaction Activity” whose purpose is to apply the theoretical concepts and approaches to the ports they visit, as well as have an in-depth experience in Casablanca, Morocco. The assignment provides the opportunity to apply the Cross-Cultural Adaptation Skills (CCAI) learned in class and explore the role that culture plays in creating, perpetuating or managing conflict. Students will use their research on myths of Islam and the West and seek interpersonal and factual data to address the myths in the effort to find the “truth”. The major outcomes will be the enhancement of CCAI skills and recognition of the influence of culture on conflict. The field lab experience in Casablanca, Morocco will focus on the role of culture and students will write a reflection essay on Intercultural Conflict: Islam and the West, incorporating their research and experience with the communities in Casablanca. Academic objectives: 1. To improve the use of the CCAI skills in a real world context. 2. Achieve an understanding of the influence of culture on conflict. 3. Recognize that “truth” is elusive and critical thinking is essential to bridging cultural differences.