Lecture, seminar, and/or team study. Topics vary.
This course surveys perspectives and theories on culture and human communication. The course melds techniques and texts from the field of anthropology (such as field work) with communications, philosophy and media studies. The course will introduce major approaches to the study of social interaction, language, semiotics and cultural practices. The course aims to untangle the practice of everyday life and everyday communication to understand the prominence of culture for the make-up of communication. Themes will vary and will include topics of communication as they reveal issues about as gender, politics, art and language and humor to name a few.
The course also introduces students to linguistic and cultural practices of different nations to offer a multi-cultural discussion and perspective.
Student learning goals
Awareness of cross-cultural perspectives
Engaging in a critical analysis of everyday communication
Surveying materials pertaining to communications from various disciplines
Introduction to various multi-cultural perspectives
How to conduct fieldwork
General method of instruction
Class discussions, interactive learning, active participation, round-table discussion
Class assignments and grading
Blog assignments, written field-work papers, final paper, media examples
Timely assignment submission, active class participation