Jessica S. Robles
Investigates intercultural communication theory and its application for varying levels of human interaction: interpersonal, intergroup, and international.
This class is about the power of culture in communication across contexts of human life, from face-to-face conversation to group interaction to international situations. Cultural meanings and interpretations enrich our lives, but also pose increasingly relevant challenges in a globalizing world. The class will focus on different theoretical approaches to cultural and intercultural communication, as well as addressing practical issues related to cultural moments and intercultural encounters.
Student learning goals
to define, explain, and interpret cultural and intercultural communication from different perspectives
to reflect and critically examine the role of culture in different contexts of everyday life
to develop practical skills in communicating across intercultural differences
General method of instruction
We will focus on issues presented in the textbook, supplementary articles/book chapters, and lecture material. The class will be divided into three units which focus on different emphases.
You should have an interest in culture and intercultural communication.
Class assignments and grading
Each unit will feature small quizzes, in-class activities, discussions, and essay writing. Quizzes check on reading comprehension. In-class activities focus on developing intercultural competence. Discussions allow you to share insights and engage with the readings more fully. Essays encourage you to make connections between these elements and across the course.
Quizzes will be scored based on correctness. In-class activities and discussions will be graded as part of participation and are gauged partly by presence and partly by effort/level of engagement. Small essays will be graded based on instruction requirements and demonstration of understanding. Longer essays will be graded based on instruction requirements, demonstration of understanding, writing and format correctness, and depth of insight into intercultural issues.