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Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS)

CAS 471 (US;IL) Intercultural Communication Theory and Research (3) Intercultural and cross-cultural communication research theory and practice as applied within and across national boundaries.

CAS 471 Intercultural Communication Theory and Research (3)

This course is designed to introduce theoretical approaches to cross-cultural communication from a variety of disciplines, e.g., speech communication, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, sociolinguistics, psychology, and has a double aim of combining theory with practical application and empirical observation. We will be utilizing a number of readings, films, and such mass media elements as films, magazines, newspapers, and television programs and commercials, as well as actual interviews with people from other cultures. Classes will be conducted through lecture sessions, class discussions, and small group activities. Specific: To examine characteristics of communication, language, and culture; to consider which aspects of language, communication, and culture may be universal, culture-specific or individual characteristics of speakers; to examine cultural values and their relationships to communication involving members of the same cultural group and members of groups outside of that culture; to raise awareness of both similarities and differences within and between cultural groups; to analyze how effective communication is achieved and to identify potential sources of miscommunication and/or misunderstanding; to raise awareness of our own cultural norms, preferences, and expectations; to increase acceptance, understanding, and appreciation of similarities and dissimilarities among people. Students will be evaluated on two midterm exams (undergrads) or two extended analytic journals (grads) 25%, observation journals (6 total) 15%, thought journals (4 total) 15%, article presentation and critique 15%, final paper and oral report 25%, and participation 5% The content and focus of this course is related to any field which has the potential of dealing with persons of other cultures, including but not limited to biobehavioral health, business and marketing, and education. This course is inherently related to Speech Communication Majors and Minors, but is also valuable from a cross-disciplinary perspective since we deal squarely with issues of humanity, tolerance, values, and communication.

General Education: None
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: CAS 271

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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