Approved by University Studies Sub-Committee. A2C2 action pending.
University Studies Course Approval Form
1. Department or Program Communication Studies
2. Course Number 281
3. Semester Hours 3
4. Frequency of Offering Yearly
5. Course Title Intercultural Communication
6. Catalogue Description Investigates cultural differences influencing
7. This is an existing course Yes
previously approved by A2C2.
8. This is a new course proposal. No
9. University Studies Requirement Multicultural Perspective
this course would satisfy
10. Department contact person for Amy Hermodson
this course email@example.com
11. General Course Outcomes
There is an increasing need to understand and communicate well with people from cultures different than our own. Innovations in technology and transport created the current "global village," in which people from a variety of cultures can interact on a daily basis. Positive interactions between people of different cultures can result in strong coalitions and alliances, and an increased appreciation for different ways of thinking and being. However, negative interactions with people of different cultures can result in fear, distrust, prejudice, and even war. Since it is inevitable that each one of us will encounter people from other cultures at some point in our daily lives, it is important to learn how to maximize the positive outcomes of intercultural interactions. To that end, the purpose of this class is to teach students the necessary theories of intercultural communication to increase their awareness and understanding of other cultures, and to teach the interpersonal skills necessary to maximize positive interactions with people from other cultures.
12. Course Outcomes
Students are exposed to the knowledge of diverse patterns and similarities of thought, values and beliefs through class lectures and application exercises, presentations, discussions, and textbook readings. Students demonstrate their knowledge of different cultures through exams, class presentations and research papers
Communication scholars would call this the process of perception. The perceptual process is specifically addressed in class lectures. This perceptual process also has strong ties to topics such as stereotyping, in-group/out-group status, segregation issues, prejudice, ethnocentrism, acculturation, and other intercultural communication concepts. Students are encouraged through in-class application exercises to explore their own cultural background, and how that background influences they way they perceive other cultures, as well as their own culture. Students are also tested on their ability to understand this perceptual process through examinations and class projects.
Several theories and taxonomies of cultural differences are presented in class lectures, as well as the textbook. Students are expected to apply these theories to their assignments and presentations. Students are also tested on this material.
CMST 281: Intercultural Communication
Instructor: Dr. Amy Hermodson
Office: 210 PAC
Phone: 457-5482 If I am not available, please leave a message and I will return your call ASAP.
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org I check this address in the morning and a couple of times in the evening. Students have found that this is a really good way to get a hold of me. Just leave your name, address, and message and I will get back to you ASAP.
Office Hours: MWF 9:50-11:50, TR 11:50-1:50, and by appointment.
Lustig, M.W., & Koester, J. (1999). Intercultural competence: Interpersonal communication across cultures (3rd ed.). New York: Longman.
Bourhis, J., Adams, C., & Titsworth, S. (1998). Style manual for communication majors (4th ed.). New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Attendance is required in this class. You must be present to receive credit for all assignments and exams. You are expected to attend every class period, and are responsible for all material presented in the class. While there is no specific penalty for a missed class, you should try to make the effort to come to class every day. You miss vital assignment and exam information when you miss class. Class interaction and participation are necessary for your understanding and your retention of the course material.
Come to Class on Time/Do Not Disturb Class While it is in Session:
Please be respectful of your classmate and me by coming to class on time. I often cover a lot of information and business that you do not want to miss during the first 5-10 minutes of class. Please also be respectful of your classmates and me by not talking out of turn, and causing unnecessary noise during class.
Participate! Participate! Participate!
Complete assigned readings and assignments before class. Bring your text to class. Prepare to answer questions about the readings or discuss the issues presented in the readings. Take thorough notes during class (notes above and beyond what the instructor puts on the board or overhead). Your participation will help you comprehend and retain the material, will help me tailor the class to your interests, and will make the class time more enjoyable for all of us.
Common Sense Courtesy That Will be Observed in This Class:
I hate cell phones and beepers they disrupt class. If you carry these devices, turn them off before entering the classroom
If You Experience Any Difficulties With the Class, you must discuss those difficulties with me immediately. Problems are more easily resolved when dealt with as soon as possible. If you are hesitant about addressing a problem in person, it may help you to e-mail your concerns to me. Please ask for help with assignments and exams. I am willing to review drafts of papers and assignments ahead of time (please give me 48 hours to do so). If you have a question or disagreement about a grade, please discuss your concerns with me within a week of receiving the grade. I want to help you achieve success in my class, so please ask for help.
No late assignments or exams will be accepted. Plan your time wisely. You must be present in class to receive credit for assignments and exams.
No extra-credit will be accepted. I am more than willing to read assignments ahead of time, and help you prepare for exams. You will not need extra-credit if you allow me to help you with your work.
If you have a disability that requires that material be formatted or presented in a particular way, please make an appointment with me during the first week of class. You can then discuss the nature of your disability and provisions can be made to accommodate you.
Exams (4) 4@100 points each = 400
Group Project (1) 1@200 points = 200
Abstract Workshop (1) 1@25 points = 25
Literature Review Workshop (1) 1@25 points = 25
Paper Draft Workshop (1) 1@25 points = 25
Research Prospectus Paper (1) 1@225 points = 225
Passports (10) 10@10 points each = 100
A=900-1,000 B=800-899 C=700-799 D=600-699 F=0-599 or failure to complete ALL of the assignments
Exams will be in the true/false, multiple choice and matching format. Content will cover both the text and class notes. Be sure to bring a scantron sheet to class on the day of the exams. Failure to bring the scantron sheet will result in a 5 point deduction from your total score (or you may donate a can of food to go to the Communication Studies food drive for area food pantries). Study guides will be provided before the exam, in addition to question and answer class times before the exam. I am more than willing to help you prepare for your exam and give you studying advice if you ask.
Checklist Point Value
TAKE NOTE: IF YOU USE POWER POINT, YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO BACK UP THE SLIDES IN THE EVENT THAT YOU HAVE POWER POINT FAILURE. PRESENTATIONS MUST BEGIN WITHIN 5 MINUTES OF THE START OF CLASS.
As noted on the syllabus, you will write one exam question based on the content of each group presentation. The question should be written in multiple choice format.
Checklist Point Value
spelling, sentence structure, etc.)?
choice answers from which to select?
Research Prospectus Paper
For this assignment, you will choose an intercultural communication topic that you wish to study. The paper will be constructed in the following manner. This will be a type-written, single-spaced paper (APA standard font and margins see Style Manual).
Checklist for Lit. Review Workshop Point Value
4) Write the remaining parts of your paper.
Checklist for Final Paper
This class satisfies the University Studies Multicultural Perspective Requirement. The outcomes listed for the University Studies Multicultural Perspective Requirement specify that the course provide students the activities and opportunities to:
a. demonstrate knowledge of diverse patterns and similarities of thought, values, and
beliefs as manifest in different cultures;
Date Topic Assignment Date Topic Assignment
1/8 Introduction 3/2 Group 3/Passport 3
1/10 Assignments 3/12 Barriers Ch12
1/12 What is culture? 3/14 Lit. Review due bring to class
1/17 US diversity Ch1 3/16 Group 4/Passport 4
1/19 Cultural variables 3/19 Barriers cont.
1/22 Cultural universals Ch2 3/21 cont.
1/24 Intercultural com. Ch3 3/23 Group 5/Passport 5
1/26 Competence 3/26 Barriers cont.
1/29 Cultural differences Ch4 3/28 Paper draft due bring to class
1/31 EXAM 1 3/30 Group 6/Passport 6
2/2 Beliefs, values, norms Ch5 4/2 Face Ch10
2/5 Taxonomies Ch6 4/4 EXAM 3
2/7 Articles due bring to class 4/6 Group 7/Passport 7
2/9 Taxonomies cont. 4/9 Improving com. Ch13
2/12 Nonverbal Ch8 4/11 cont. *Paper Due
2/14 Abstracts due bring to class 4/13 Group 8/Passport 8
2/16 Group 1/Passport 1 4/16 Improving com. cont.
2/19 Verbal Ch7 4/18 Acculturation
2/21 cont. 4/20 Group 9/Passport 9
2/23 Group 2/Passport 2 4/23 Sojourning
2/26 Code usage Ch9 4/25 Ethics
2/28 EXAM 2 4/27 Group 10/Passport 10
Final Exam May 1, 8-10 am