Communication and Culture | Cross Cultural Communication
C427 | 14942 | Calloway-Thomas
Class Number: 14942
MW 9:30 AM-10:45 AM
Instructor: Carolyn Calloway-Thomas
Office: Mottier 219
“I resented my parents deeply for throwing us so unthinkingly into
this cultural and political morass. In the years that followed, we
were forced to feel our way forward uncertainly, trying to make
sense of these contradictions and resolving them in our own
different ways.” These words, written by Ghada Karmi, a Palestinian
who struggles to assimilate into English society, tell us a great
deal about why culture matters. Increasingly, culture counts in new
and different ways.
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., ethnicity, roots, values, language, attitudes,
globalization, nonverbal elements, gender and social perception).
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 appreciation of similarities and
differences among cultures.
3. To help the student develop communication skills, assisting
him/her in becoming interculturally competent.
Texts: (The following books provide the basic reading for the
Calloway-Thomas, C., Cooper, P.J. & Blake, C. Intercultural
Communication: Roots and Routes. 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. New
York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1997).
Samavor, L. A. & Porter, R. E. Intercultural Communication: A
Reader. Belmont, CA:
Wadsworth Publishing Company (2003).