People from diverse backgrounds are increasingly coming into contact with one other due to globalization: the influence of changing work patterns, international migration, shifting demographics and new technologies. This course is designed to examine some of the challenges and rewards of intercultural contact. By studying other cultures’ communication patterns and values, we can become more aware—not only of these cultures, but also of our own. Throughout the semester we will consider such issues as:
- What are the barriers to effective intercultural communication?
- What are the communication patterns, rules, and values of various international cultures and of North Americans?
- How can we become reflexively aware of our own stereotypes and prejudices?
The goals of the class are to promote greater international and multicultural understanding and contact.
Department: Communications and Rhetorical Studies
Semesters: Fall, Spring