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Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS)

CAS 271 (US;IL) Intercultural Communication (3) Introduction to intercultural communication. Focus on topics such as language, identity, prejudice, and intergroup relations on a domestic/ international level.

CAS 271 Intercultural Communication (3)

This is an introductory course that also fulfills an intercultural and international competence (GI) requirement. CAS 271 is designed to give undergraduate students an introduction to the various issues, trends, and historical perspectives pertaining to communication within U.S. domestic and international cultures. Students will be graded on the following required assignments: (1) exams, (2) book reviews, (3) opinion-editorial position papers, (4) a class-organized campus tour designed to accent the achievements and contributions of people of color who are or have been affiliated with Penn State University, (5) journal of personal reflections concerning racial, ethnic, cultural and international communication issues, (6) six abstracts of journal articles that when synthesized will comprise a six-article literature review, (7) final presentation on cultural relationship building through communication. CAS 271 is an introductory survey course that is highly recommended to students as a course preceding several other 300 and 400-level courses on interpersonal, group and intercultural communication, relationships, and processes.

General Education: None
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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