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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 303
Course Title: Intercultural Communication
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Study of the role of communication in multicultural and intercultural contexts, including issues related to values, language and non-verbal behavior as they relate to effective multicultural and intercultural interaction. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Sophomore standing.


Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current edition of books like the following:

Experiencing Intercultural Communication
By Martin, Judith & Thomas Nakayama (McGraw-Hill)
Our Voices: Essays in Culture Ethnicity and Communication
By Gonzales, Alberto, Marsha Houston, & Victoria Chen (Roxbury)
Intercultural Competence
By Lustig, Myron and Koester, Jolene (Pearson)
Course Objectives
  • To focus on the discovery and application of communication concepts to cross-cultural contexts (globally and nationally).
  • To emphasize establishing intercultural communication competency.
    Measurable Learning
    • Describe the technological, demographic, economic, peace, self-awareness and ethical imperatives for studying communication between peoples of different nationallities, race, age, religion, gender, class and regions.
    • Identify current trends in intercultural communication theory and practice.
    • Describe how intercultural communication effects issues of cultural diversity and cultural values.
    • Recognize obstacles to intercultural strategies and how to overcome them.
    Topical Outline:

    Assessment for this course may consist of examinations, a major written research assignment, and multiple formal public presentations. At least one formal (15-20 minute convention level) presentation will help prepare the student for the integrative seminar presentation. • Introduction to intercultural competence • Interpersonal communication and culture • Understanding culture • Why cultures differ • Culture patterns and communication • Verbal and non-verbal intercultural communication • Obstacles to intercultural competence


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

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    Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: June 18, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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