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. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
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.

This course meets the General Education requirement for Diversity.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Critical Thinking.

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. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. explain the influence of culture and values on perceptions of reality [Critical Thinking];
    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 [Diversity];
    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.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities


    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.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals


    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.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    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 syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/00; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015