This course is designed to provide an introduction to intercultural communication theory and practice, and to develop your understanding of communication between/among people of different cultural backgrounds both in domestic and international settings across a variety of contexts. The course focuses on the development of cultural awareness (self and others), and attempts to balance attention to concepts and principles with experientially-based study designed to help you improve your intercultural communication awareness, skills, and competence.
Field WorkCountry: Hawaii, United States
What better way to start off a voyage around the world than saying "aloha" (hello) to a state that is culturally different from mainland America and then saying "aloha" (goodbye) to the United States as we travel to places even more culturally diverse? This field laboratory provides us an opportunity to explore, first hand, the rich, distinct, and fascinating culture of Hawaii. We will use this exploration as a foundation from which we will study the importance of culture communication. The lessons learned from the evolution, adaptation, and near extinction of the Hawaiian culture will serve future global leaders very well. Our exploration will include an engaging dialogue, active participation in various rituals, and an in-depth examination of artifacts. Be prepared for an action-packed day of lei and ho’okupu making, hula lessons, swimming, storytelling and learning about the political history of the island. We will also partake in a lunch on the beach, share in cultural celebrations, and take a trip to nearby Rainbow Falls. Academic Objectives: 1. Articulate the cultural meaning behind Hawaiian rituals (leis, ho’okupu, hula) 2. Perform the traditional Hawaiian greeting 3. Be able to give a 2 minute explanation of the political nature of Hawaii 4. Be able to give a 2 minute explanation seeing mainland Americans through the eyes of native Hawaiians 5. Use at least 4 Hawaiian words correctly and be able to explain their meaning 6. Identify and reflect on four intercultural communication concepts* 7. Say you have put your toes in Hawaiian sand and Hawaiian water *Note: this objective may not be completed on this day because we will have had such little time in class prior to the field lab.