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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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CMN 200 - Intercultural Communication

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

The study of intercultural communication comparing cultures and communication styles with a focus on developing intercultural communication competence in interactions with culturally dissimilar people. Includes strategies for managing intercultural communication conflict; avoiding stereotypes and prejudice in intercultural encounters; for dismantling racism and discrimination. Also includes communication skills to achieve intercultural communication competence.

Prerequisite(s): CMN 102  or CMN 110 .

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Articulate the connection between culture and communication.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to be culturally self-aware.
  3. Explain the role of cultural patterns, cultural identity, cultural bias, verbal and nonverbal codes in the development of intercultural interpersonal relationships.
  4. Demonstrate communication skills that improve intercultural communication competence in interactions with culturally dissimilar others.

  1. Communication and Intercultural Competence
    1. Introduction to Intercultural Competence
      1. The demographic imperative
      2. The technological imperative
      3. The economic imperative
      4. The interpersonal imperative
      5. The challenge of communicating in an intercultural world
  2. Culture and Intercultural Communication
    1. Defining culture
    2. Forces that maintain cultural differences
    3. Cultural differences in communication
    4. Cultural taxonomies and intercultural communication
  3. Intercultural communication competence
    1. The United States as an intercultural community
    2. Components of intercultural competence
    3. Basic tools for improving intercultural competence
  4. Cultural Differences in Communication
    1. Foundations
      1. Defining cultural patterns
      2. Components of cultural patterns
      3. Characteristics of cultural patterns
  5. Taxonomies
    1. Hall’s high- & low-context
    2. Hofstede’s cultural dimensions
    3. Schwartz’s cultural taxonomy
    4. The Globe cultural taxonomy
  6. Cultural identity
    1. The nature of identity
    2. The formation of cultural identity
    3. Characteristics of cultural identity
  7. Cultural Biases
    1. Social categorization
    2. Ethnocentrism
    3. Stereotyping
    4. Prejudice
    5. Discrimination
    6. Racism
  8. Coding Intercultural Communication
    1. Verbal Intercultural Communication
      1. The power of language
      2. Definition of verbal codes
      3. Language, thought, & culture
  9. Nonverbal Intercultural Communication
    1. Characteristics on nonverbal codes
    2. Cultural universals in nonverbal codes
    3. Cultural variations in nonverbal codes
    4. Nonverbal functions & messages in intercultural communication
  10. The Effects of Code Usage in Intercultural Communication
    1. Preferences in the organization of messages
    2. Cultural variations in persuasion
    3. Cultural variations in the structure of conversations
  11. Communication in Intercultural Relationships
    1. Intercultural Competence in Interpersonal Relationships
      1. Cultural variations in interpersonal relationships
      2. The maintenance of Face
      3. Improving intercultural relationships
  12. Episodes, Contexts, & Intercultural Interactions
    1. The social context
    2. The healthcare context
    3. The educational context
    4. The business context
  13. The potential for Intercultural Competence
    1. Intercultural contact
    2. Power differences between groups
    3. The ethics of intercultural competence

Effective Term:
Spring 2020

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