Communication and Culture | Cross Cultural Communication
C427 | 1180 | Calloway-Thomas


"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 course.

Calloway-Thomas, C., Cooper, P.J. & Blake, C.  Intercultural
Communication:  Roots and Routes.  Needham Heights, MA:  Allyn & Bacon
(1999).

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).