COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA COURSE OUTLINE

COLLEGE: STATE APPROVAL DATE: 01/31/2012
ORIGINATOR: Jennifer Fowler STATE CONTROL NUMBER: CCC000529347
BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVAL DATE: 01/22/2013
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE APPROVAL DATE: 02/02/2015
CURRENT EFFECTIVE DATE:
 
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT:

1. REQUESTED CREDIT CLASSIFICATION:
  Credit - Degree Applicable
Course is not a basic skills course.
Program Applicable
2. DEPT/COURSE NO: 3. COURSE TITLE:
  COMM 006   Intercultural Communication
4. COURSE: COA Course Changes only in Non-Catalog Info   TOP NO. 0699.00*
5. UNITS: 3.000   HRS/WK LEC: 3.00 Total: 52.50
  HRS/WK LAB:

6. NO. OF TIMES OFFERED AS SELETED TOPIC:       AVERAGE ENROLLMENT:
7. JUSTIFICATION FOR COURSE:
  This course is proposed to better equip students to increase the effectiveness of their interaction and achieve positive outcomes when communicating with people who are perceived as different. Course meets AA/AS area 3, 4d, CSU area A1, and IGETC area 1C requirements.
8. COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION
  Dynamics of intercultural communication as it applies to the diversity of American cultures: Cultural concepts, language style, content, ethnic perspectives, perceptions and stereotypes, symbols, and roles as they facilitate or hinder effective verbal and nonverbal interaction across cultures; analysis of multiple intercultural communication theories.
9. OTHER CATALOG INFORMATION
 
  1. Modular: No     If yes, how many modules:
  2. Open entry/open exit: No
  3. Grading Policy: Letter Grade Only
  4. Eligible for credit by Exam: No
  5. Repeatable according to state guidelines: No
  6. Required for degree/certificate (specify):
    Existing
  7. Meets GE/Transfer requirements (specify):
  8. C-ID Number: Expiration Date:

  9. Are there prerequisites/corequisites/recommended preparation for this course? No
    Date of last prereq/coreq validation: 02/02/2015
  10. Acceptable for Credit: CSU/UC
10. LIST STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES (EXIT SKILLS): (Objectives must define the exit skills required of students and include criteria identified in Items 12, 14, and 15 - critical thinking, essay writing, problem solving, written/verbal communications, computational skills, working with others, workplace needs, SCANS competencies, all aspects of the industry, etc.)(See SCANS/All Aspects of Industry Worksheet.)

Students will be able to:
  1. Analyze the diverse experiences, perspectives, and communication styles of other cultures.
  2. Evaluate the effective factors that formulate cultural biases and perceptions.
  3. Scrutinize the social and psychological components of culture as they relate to communication.
  4. Improve intercultural competence by recognizing common ground among cultures.
  5. Analyze how culture shapes identity, worldview, and communication.
  6. Identify barriers to effective intercultural communication.
  7. Compose effective intercultural communication strategies in various contexts.
  8. Compare and contrast verbal and nonverbal communication across cultures.
11A. COURSE CONTENT: List major topics to be covered. This section must be more than listing chapter headings from a textbook. Outline the course content, including essential topics, major subdivisions, and supporting details. It should include enough information so that a faculty member from any institution will have a clear understanding of the material taught in the course and the approximate length of time devoted to each. There should be congruence among the catalog description, lecture and/or lab content, student performance objectives, and the student learning outcomes. List percent of time spent on each topic; ensure percentages total 100%.

LECTURE CONTENT:

1.      Introduction, theories, concepts and principles of Intercultural Communication - 25%

a.       Introduction to intercultural communication and interaction in a Multicultural World

1.      Defining intercultural communication

2.      The intercultural communication climate

3.      Personality factors influencing intercultural communication

4.      Interpersonal factors influencing intercultural communication

5.      Cultural influences on communication

6.      Developing intercultural skills in initiating intercultural communication

b.      Approaches to intercultural communication

1.      The origins of intercultural communication

2.      Theories of intercultural communication

3.      Assumptions about intercultural communication

4.      Developing skills in processing intercultural assumptions

2.      Cultural systems influencing intercultural communication - 25%

a.       Intercultural communication and elements of culture

1.      What is culture?

2.      Elements of culture

3.      Theories of culture shift

4.      Developing intercultural skills in understanding culture

b.      Underlying dimensions of culture

1.      Cultural differences in information processing

2.      Hofstede’s cultural dimensions

3.      Individualism

4.      Collectivism

5.      Uncertainty Avoidance

6.      Cultural world view

7.      Personal world view

8.      Values and intercultural communication

9.      Developing skills in dealing with cognitive cultures and intercultural communication

c.       Culture as social identification

1.      What is a subculture?

2.      Regional cultures and communication

3.      Urban/rural cultures and communication

4.      Socioeconomic cultures and communication

5.      The process of intergroup communication

6.      Developing intercultural communication skills with subcultures

d.      The language of a culture

1.      The interface of language and culture

2.      Ethno-linguistic variation

3.      Developing skills in language and culture

3.      Interpersonal factors in intercultural communication - 25%

a.       Nonverbal messages

1.      Significance of nonverbal communication

2.      Definition and functions of nonverbal communication

3.      Meaning of nonverbal communication

4.      Developing intercultural skills in nonverbal communication

b.      Communicator similarity and attraction

1.      Dimensions of homophily

2.      Homophily and interpersonal nature

3.      The homophily principle and intercultural communication

c.       Communicator credibility

1.      Dimensions of communicator credibility

2.      Effects of credibility on culture

3.      Developing skills in understanding communicator credibility relationships

4.      Personal factors influencing intercultural communication - 25%

a.       Intercultural effectiveness concepts

1.      Axioms of intercultural effectiveness

2.      Cognitive and personality variables that explain intercultural effectiveness

3.      Developing skills in building intercultural relationships

b.      Personal communication competence skills

1.      Personal competence in relationships

2.      Developing skills in intercultural competence

c.       Adaptation to culture

1.      Stages of culture shock

2.      The process of long-term adaptation

3.      Developing skills in intercultural communication and cultural adaptation

4.    Barriers to intercultural communication including ethnocentrism, stereotyping, discrimination, prejudice, and power.

 Note:  Given that understanding culture is the primary focus of Intercultural Communication, race, class, and gender issues will make up the core of this course.

 

11B. LAB CONTENT:
N/A
12. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION (List methods used to present course content.)
  1. Discussion
  2. Lecture
  3. Multimedia Content
  4. Visiting Lecturers
  5. Other (Specify)

  6. Other Methods:
    Discussions, lectures, multimedia, and lecturers; and, Independent and Small Group Work, Guest Speakers
13. ASSIGNMENTS: 0.00 hours/week (List all assignments, including library assignments. Requires two (2) hours of independent work outside of class for each unit/weekly lecture hour. Outside assignments are not required for lab-only courses, although they can be given.)

Out-of-class Assignments:
Typical Assignments: a. Research, organize, and deliver written and oral presentations b. Research/Analysis and submit written analytic assignments and/or projects c. Submit a Position Paper on a controversial topic d. Written Critical Analysis and Oral Presentations on assigned selected topics.


ASSIGNMENTS ARE: (See definition of college level):
Primarily College Level
14. STUDENT ASSESSMENT: (Grades are based on):
ESSAY (Includes "blue book" exams and any written assignment of sufficient length and complexity to require students to select and organize ideas, to explain and support the ideas, and to demonstrate critical thinking skills.)
NON-COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING (Critical thinking should be demonstrated by solving unfamiliar problems via various strategies.)
OTHER (Describe):
Methods of Evaluation of Student's Progress: a. Class participation and attendance b. Written case outlines/case studies/short analytic assignments c. Written critical analysis and oral presentations d. Graded Position Paper e. Written final examination and/or research project/paper
15. TEXTS, READINGS, AND MATERIALS
  A. Textbooks:
 
  • Gannon, Martin J., Pilai, Rajnandini. 2012. Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys through 31 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continents, and Diversity 5th . Sage
  • Kurylo, Anastacia. 2012. Inter/Cultural Communication Sage
  • Liu, Shuang, Volcic, Zala, Gallois, Cindy. 2011. Introducing Intercultural Communication: Global Cultures Sage
  • Martin, Judith N., Nakayama, Thomas K.. 2011. Experiencing Intercultural Communication: An Introduction 4th . McGraw Hill
  • Martin, Judith N., Nakayama, Thomas K.. 2013. Intercultural Communication in Context 6th . McGraw Hill
  • Neuliep, James W. 2012. Intercultural Communication A Contextual Approach 5th . McGraw Hill
  • Samovar, Larry A., Porter, Richard E., McDaniel, Edwin R., Roy, Carolyn S.. 2013. Communication Between Cultures 8th. Wadsworth/Cengage Learning
  • Sorrells, Kathryn. 2012. Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice Sage
  • Varner, Iris, Beamer, Linda. 2012. Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace 5th . Sage
 

*Date is required: Transfer institutions require current publication date(s) within 5 years of outline addition/update.

  B. Additional Resources:
 
  • Library/LRC Materials and Services:

    The instructor, in consultation with a librarian, has reviewed the materials and services of the College Library/LRC in the subject areas related to the proposed new course
  • Are print materials adequate?     No
  • Are nonprint materials adequate?     Yes
  • Are electronic/online resources available?     Yes
  • Are services adequate?     Yes
  • Specific materials and/or services needed have been identified and discussed. Librarian comments:
    Library print collections are inadequate in this subject area. Department has made recommendations for collection development that have yet to be properly funded. Online materials in both content and criticism in speech writing and communication are adequate. Instruction is also offered for these classes. Will meet with Librarians to discuss aspects of the collection and library services which may support class
  C. Readings listed in A and B above are: (See definition of college level):
 

Primarily college level

16. DESIGNATE OCCUPATIONAL CODE:
E - Non-Occupational
17. LEVEL BELOW TRANSFER:
Y - Not Applicable
18. CALIFORNIA CLASSIFICATION CODE:
Y - Credit Course
19. NON CREDIT COURSE CATEGORY:
Y - Not Applicable
20. FUNDING AGENCY CATEGORY:
Not Applicable - Not Applicable
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