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ENG3002 Intercultural Communication: Home

Course Description

This course serves to enhance students’ capacity to communicate in a diverse world. This is accomplished initially by creating awareness of the plethora of diverse intercultural issues that are ubiquitous throughout societies. Then students become active by creating an action plan skit to solve a problem. Next, students collaborate in developing a five minute video role-play unveiling responses to 2 cultural scenarios. Debates and class/group discussions are entwined within the curriculum. Finally, students present and write a paper on striking differences across cultures based on 6 topic points. The atmosphere of the course is inquisitive – to discover cultural complexity and to develop and appreciation for it.

Recommended Books

An Introduction to Intercultural Communication: Identities in a Global Community

This book helps readers connect intercultural competence to their own life experiences. It consists of 14 chapters divided into 4 parts. Part One explores the concept of culture as context for communication. Part Two presents communication variables, mainly focusing on the barriers to intercultural communication. Part Three discusses cultural values, including cultural patterns and cultural contact. Part Four covers cultures within cultures, including immigration, identity and subgroups. This seventh edition features a new focus on social media as well as new challenges evident in ethnic and religious conflict, the role of women, and technology.

Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication across Cultures

This book aims at equipping the readers with ideas and information to achieve competence in intercultural communication. Part One presents central ideas such as imperatives for intercultural competence, the notion of culture and competence. Part Two is devoted to an analysis of the fundamental ways that cultures vary, including cultural patterns, cultural identity and cultural biases. Part Three discusses verbal and nonverbal messages, and the effects of code usage in intercultural communication. Part Four emphasizes the associations that form among people as a result of their shared communication experiences, and discusses the potential for intercultural competence.

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