FCUL110 Communication between Cultures

Department of Language & Literature: International Cultures

I. Course Number and Title
FCUL110 Communication between Cultures
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Students spend between six and nine hours per week outside of class in activities such as reading, writing papers, preparing multimedia assignments, performing community service, researching, and preparing role-play exercises.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course defines intercultural communication, explores factors that influence it, and examines how all such considerations impact messages sent from one culture to another. It includes international as well as American co-cultures, and students examine case studies to learn how misunderstandings arise and how to minimize them.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. explain the influence of culture and values on perceptions of reality;
      2. describe dominant American cultural patterns;
      3. identify the role that world views, religion, and concepts of family and history play in shaping culture and communication;
      4. express the impact of all such factors in different contexts, such as international business;
      5. assess potential problems in intercultural communication; and
      6. demonstrate communication flexibility that better enables them to avoid stereotyping and prejudice.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices. (1,2)

      Category III
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
      Students will:
      1. reason from what they know to form new knowledge, draw conclusions, solve problems, explain, decide, and/or predict. (Inductive and/or Deductive Reasoning Skills)

      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.

      Responsible Citizenship
      Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of major ethical concerns.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Students
    1. are encouraged to work out of class with someone of a different culture, either from the College’s ESL population or of their acquaintance, to discuss specific concepts and case studies testing the success of communication between cultures;
    2. consider the physical and human settings of the messages they send and receive and learn to edit and interpret them accurately;
    3. learn to appreciate differences and feel comfortable with them; and
    4. practice becoming better citizens of the global community.
  • Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students
      1. take quizzes and/or tests;
      2. write essays and short papers responding to readings, films, class activities, and guided research;
      3. take mid-term and/or final examinations;
      4. make oral and/or multimedia presentations; and
      5. participate in role-playing and other class activities.

    3. Core (if applicable)
      1. Cultural Perspectives -and- Responsible Citizenship: Students take quizzes/tests/exams and/or prepare papers or presentations that examine the cultural topics presented in the course and in which they compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices of different cultures, as well as the ethical concerns related thereto.
      2. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving -and- International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: Students take quizzes/tests/exams and/or prepare papers or presentations in which they articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  • Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use combinations of the following materials: an intercultural communications textbook; short stories, novels, poems, plays, songs, films, and/or video demonstrating differences in cultural communication, values, and belief systems; and role-playing exercises and simulations. See course format.
  • VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
    Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

    Review/Approval Date -11/00; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011