csc390 | undergraduate

Culture And Communication

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Students will be introduced to the interdependent relationship between symbols, rituals, artifacts, and patterns of thought of cultural groups and the communication practices of those groups. They will engage in critical analysis of communication in contemporary society, including culture-based metaphor, nonverbal communication, advertising, print media and television.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Cultural Communication Biases and Opportunities in the Workforce

    • Understand the importance of Mead’s theory of symbolic interactionism.
    • Recognize false perceptions of women and minorities in society and in the workforce.
    • Analyze globalization vs. hierarchies of cultures in regard to prejudice.
    • Define co-cultural group theory and how it affects labeling international students and new immigrants.

    Exploring Where We Are Now and Where We are Going

    • Examine how mass media portrayals of various cultural and social identities (race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity) affect communication.
    • Discuss how technology influences intercultural communication.
    • Review the challenges and opportunities within intercultural communication for female and minority success in the future.

    Defining Intercultural Communication and Understanding Cultural Generalizations

    • Describe how culture affects intercultural communication.
    • Discuss the interrelationships between communication and culture.
    • Illustrate how cultural generalizations lead to misinterpretations.

    Symbols, Rituals, Artifacts, and Cultural Awareness in Communication

    • Determine effective techniques to improve cultural awareness and communication among people in a multicultural society.
    • Examine the meanings of symbols, rituals, and artifacts of different cultures.
    • Define intercultural competence and identify its levels.

    Communication and the Connections to Culture

    • Examine cultural communication issues related to language.
    • Explore the influences of art, music, and dance in cultural communication.
    • Define self-identity as it relates to intercultural communication.
    • Discuss negotiations of cultural identity via cultural contracts theory, identity management theory, and the communication theory of identity.
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