Intercultural Communication (Section 1) [CRN 79498]

Discipline: Communication Studies
Instructor: Cushner
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1400
End: 1520
Field Work: Day 1 | November 24, 2017 | China
Prerequisites: One (1) college level 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: China
Day: 1
Date: November 24, 2017

The Intercultural Institute at Shanghai International Studies University was the first of its kind in China to study cross-cultural/intercultural communication and training.  We will spend the day with its faculty and students.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about key cultural, communication and value differences between Chinese and U. S. culture through large group lecture/discussion and small group interaction.
2. Experience the application of intercultural communication skills in person-to-person interactions with Chinese university students.
3. Make personal connections with young people in China.