Jul 22, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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TC 453 - Intercultural Communication

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The objective of this course is to develop effective communicators who can recognize, analyze, and resolve intercultural conflicts. With a focus upon increased globalization and the changing nature of the nation’s population, students are taught to adapt to unfamiliar cultures and establish ways and means for effective communication. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand how culture, in and of itself, influences communication and how it interacts with social, psychological and environmental factors to influence communication
  • Explain cultural similarities and differences in communication
  • Understand cultural issues that affect communication effectiveness
  • Recognize ethical issues in communicating with someone from a different culture or ethnic group
  • Have improved intercultural communication skills

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Course introduction (1 class)
  • An approach to the study of intercultural communication (2 classes)
  • Cultural influences on intercultural communication (2 classes)
  • Sociocultural influences on intercultural communication (2 classes)
  • Psychocultural influences on intercultural communication (2 classes)
  • Environmental influences on intercultural communication (2 classes)
  • Cultural variations in message decoding (2 classes)
  • Cultural variations in non verbal communication (2 classes)
  • Interpersonal relationships with strangers (2 classes)
  • Stranger’s adaptation to new cultures (2 classes)
  • Effectiveness in communicating with strangers (2 classes)
  • Becoming intercultural (2 classes)
  • Building and effective intercultural community (2 classes)
  • Chapter presentations (4 classes)

James Friauf

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