Communication And Culture | Cross Cultural Communication
C427 | 1200 | Carolyn Calloway-Thomas
Office: 1790 E. 10th St., Rm 219
Office hours: MW 2:00-4:00 pm & by appointment
Cross Cultural Communication is a course designed to familiarize
students with the cultural-ethnic factors that influence the process
of human communication. A major goal of the course is to demonstrate
how culture is a response to and a reflection of certain dynamics of
communication (e.g., roots, values, language, globalization,
nonverbal elements, ethnicity, gender, and social perceptions).
Specific Course Objectives:
1. To provide the student with background theory and research out of
which intercultural understandings grow.
2. To encourage in the student an appreciation of similarities and
differences among cultures.
3. To help the student develop communication skills, assisting
him/her in becoming interculturally competent.
The following books provide the basic reading for the course:
Calloway-Thomas, C., Cooper, P.J.& Blake, C. Intercultural
Communication: Roots and Routes. (1999). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn &
Fadiman.A. The Spirit Catches you and you Fall Down: A Hmong Child,
her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. (1997). New
York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (AF)
Gonzalex, Alberto, Houston, M. & Chen, V. Our Voices: Essays in
Culture, Ethnicity, and Communication, 2nd edition. Los Angeles, CA:
Roxbury Publishing Company. (2000) (OV)
Samovar, L.A. & Porter, R.E. Intercultural Communication: A Reader.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company (2000) (ICAR)