This course is an introduction to the communication that takes place when people of different cultures interact. This course surveys differences in cultures which can create obstacles to understanding and communication and offers suggestions for dealing with these obstacles. The course is designated as a SNU General Education option in the Global Perspectives window.Course Materials:
General Education Learning Outcome: Effective Communication
Students can construct rational arguments based on solid evidence acquired from appropriate sources and through the use of the best available methods and can communicate those arguments clearly and concisely using sound rhetorical strategies in both speech and writing.
General Education Learning Outcome: Global Perspectives
Students are able to interpret and contextualize current events in light of historical, geographical, sociological, economic, and political contexts.
Samovr, L.A., Porter, R.E., McDaniel, E.R., and Roy, CS. (2103). Communication Between Culture. (2102).Boston, MA: Wadsworth.
Course Objectives, Activities and Points:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
To gain intercultural communication competence, one of the first steps is to understand the concept of culture, how culture develops and the factors that influence cultural identity. Defining culture and exploring the factors which make up cultural development will allow you to gain insight as to how you and others are impacted by cultural experiences.
The readings, lectures, videos, and discussions of this week help you formulate a definition of culture and an understanding of how personal experiences impact your communication from an intercultural communication perspective.
Week 1 Objectives
Every culture in the world is constructed on a foundation of deep structures and fundamental assumptions which unite the people and upon which they build their society. Three key deep structure cultural institutions are the family, the state/nation, and worldview/religion.
The family is the single most important institution in any culture. You will consider the meaning of the concept “family” and learn about the family structures of several different cultures/societies. You will also learn about value orientations of individualism and collectivism as they relate to patterns of interaction within the family.
You will learn about the importance of cultural history in the way individuals and groups view the world and interact with others. You will become familiar with the cultural history of seven different national and/or regional groups of people.
Week 2 Objectives:
The focus of this week will be in learning about the concept of worldview through the exploration of religion, perception, and cultural values.
A culture’s worldview is often embodied in a religion. In the 21st century, religion continues to play a visible role in culture. In intercultural communication, religion influences your interactions; even though, you are not communicating about religion per se.You will be introduced to the concept of perception and the way our culture shapes our experience and understanding of reality. Then you will learn about cultural values and how value systems of various cultures and nations differ.
Week 3 Objectives:
This week, you will learn about two basic types of human communication: Verbal and nonverbal communication. You will learn about the nature of language and its social and cultural functions. You will also be introduced to the practice of language interpretation and translation, and discover ways you can improve your verbal interactions with people from other cultures.
You will learn about the part nonverbal behaviors play in communication encounter and about the different types of nonverbal communication. In addition, you will come to understand the differences in the ways people from various cultures view and use time and space in their communication. You will discover ways you can improve your nonverbal communication skills.
Week 4 Objectives:
This week, you will consider the issues of identity and context in intercultural communication. You will learn about the nature of cultural identity as a social construct which has profound and far-reaching influence on the way people communicate. You will also learn about ethnocentrism, stereotyping, prejudice, and racism, and the ways these factors affect the communication encounters between people of different cultures.
Week 5 Objectives
You will examine the concept of communicative contexts and the three common contexts (business reduction and health care) in which intercultural communication takes place.
Week 6 Objectives
Learners will earn a grade based on several aspects of the course. The final score of the course is based on a percentage of scores earned.
Grading Scale based on 1000 possible points
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