We live in a rich, diverse world, full of people with unique values, norms, beliefs, and behaviors. By signing up for the Semester at Sea learning experience, you have each taken a significant step toward becoming intellectually skilled and culturally sensitive world citizens who embrace global diversity as a valuable asset of the 21st century. This course complements your journey by providing students with the theoretical knowledge and foundational skill set necessary to both ethically and successfully navigate human communication in an increasingly global world. The course provides a survey of intercultural communication theory and practice and provides concrete strategies for effective interaction with diverse others. Intercultural communication concepts are applied to various settings such as the classroom, workplace, health care, diplomacy, and interpersonal relationships, and are also applied across various relevant international and domestic cultures, including select cultures in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, African-American, Hispanic, and Native, among others. The course is designed as a reflective laboratory – a space where students are able to connect theoretical knowledge, skill acquisition, and personal experience as they “live the class” through the profoundly transformative learning experience that is Semester at Sea.
*Note: This class is delivered when lunch is served.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Date: March 30, 2020