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2023-2024 Course Catalog 
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COMM 1051 - Intercultural Communication

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab 0
Internship hours per week 0
Course Description: This course focuses on cultural differences and how they affect communication and cause misunderstanding. Are people really different from one another or are they basically alike? Topics include the role of culture in human behavior; references to a wide range of specific cultural groups; cultural aspects of domestic and international business; issues in refugee/immigrant resettlement and adaptation; and intercultural relationships. 
MnTC Goals
1 Communication, 8 Global Perspective

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into ENGL 0950  and RDNG 0950  or above OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher OR course placement into ESOL 0051  and ESOL 0052  and ESOL 1033  OR completion of ESOL 0041  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0042  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0043  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Definitions: communication, intercultural communication, culture
  2. Concepts: connection between culture and communication, dimensions of difference, cultural generalizations
  3. Culture-general theory: models, cultural-variability scales
  4. Culture-specific analysis: description, differences, and comparisons.
  5. Doing business across cultures: local, national, global levels
  6. Crossing cultural boundaries: culture shock; images; the experience of tourists, expatriates, and refuges/immigrants
  7. Culture-specific interactions
  8. Intercultural relationships
  9. World citizenship and contemporary global issues

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:
  1. describe how cultural identity shapes, and is shaped by, communication.
  2. compare/contrast patterns of thought, value, belief and behavior (verbal and nonverbal) exhibited in different cultures.
  3. define the role of perception and bias in intercultural communication interactions.
  4. articulate the skills needed to manage various intercultural communication contexts.
  5. communicate with people from cultural groups different from one’s own.
  6. articulate one’s own cultural standpoint and how it affects communication, world view, and our roles as world citizens.
  7. explain the need for intercultural communication competency in our global and ever-changing world.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC): Goals and Competencies
Competency Goals (MnTC Goals 1-6)
01. 02. Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
01. 03. Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
01. 04. Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
01. 07. Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.
Theme Goals (MnTC Goals 7-10)
08. 02. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
08. 03. Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
08. 04. Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.

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