SRJC Course Outlines

6/21/2024 1:48:06 AMCOMM 7 Course Outline as of Fall 2018

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  COMM 7Title:  INTERCULTURAL COMM  
Full Title:  Intercultural Communication
Last Reviewed:1/22/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled05 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  SPCH 7

Catalog Description:
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This survey course introduces students to the influence of culture on identity, perception, social organization, language and nonverbal messages in intercultural experiences in the United States.  The course examines variations and commonalities in communication patterns across cultures.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This survey course introduces students to the influence of culture on identity, perception, social organization, language and nonverbal messages in intercultural experiences in the United States.  The course examines variations and commonalities in communication patterns across cultures.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Social and Behavioral Sciences
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 1995
 D3Ethnic Studies  
 D7Interdisc Social or Behavioral Science  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1995
 4CEthnic Studies  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: COMM 150 Intercultural Communication SRJC Equivalent Course(s): COMM7

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Identify and analyze essential aspects of personal cultural identity.
2.  Apply appropriate theories to analyze intercultural communication in the United States.
3.  Communicate more effectively in intercultural communication situations.

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe, compare, and analyze a variety of culturally-based, U.S. American
   communication behaviors.
2. Choose and practice methods for communicating between different U.S. American
3. Describe, compare and analyze some culturally-based differences in
   cognitive styles and world views among U.S. American cultures.
4. Describe, compare and analyze some differences within a cultural or
   ethnic group inside the United States of America.
5. Describe and discuss their own cultural communication behaviors.
6. Discuss and practice listening skills related to intercultural
7. Discuss and practice communication skills related to intercultural
8. Attend and analyze a cultural event using terms and concepts central
   to the study of intercultural communication.
9. Apply social scientific methods of inquiry to study and research of
   intercultural communication.
10. Demonstrate an appreciation for social and behavioral differences between
   people of various U.S. American cultures.

Topics and Scope
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I. The Nature of Social and Cultural Identity in the United States
    A. Racial and ethnic identity including an in-depth focus on at least three of the following:
         African Americans, indigenous peoples of the United States, Asian Americans,
         Chicano/Latino Americans and European Americans.
    B. Gender and sexual identity
    C. Religious and socioeconomic identity
    D. Physical ability identity
    E. Regional and national identity
    F. Age identity
II. Communication and Culture in the United States
    A. Intentional versus unintentional communication
    B. Symbolic nature of communication
    C. Relationship between culture and communication
III. Intercultural Communication Competence
    A. Communicating in intercultural relationships
    B. Cultural influences on intercultural conflict
    C. Building intercultural skills
    D. Cultural humility and social justice
IV. Forces in the United States that Create Cultural Differences
V.  Components of Cultural Patterns in the United States
    A. Beliefs
    B. Values
    C. Norms
VI. Taxonomies of Cultural Patterns and Value Frameworks
    A. Hall's High-and Low-Context Cultural Patterns
    B. Hofstede's Cultural Patterns
    C. Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck's Value Orientation
    D. Limitations of Value Frameworks
VII.  Methods of Collecting and Analyzing Cultural Data
VIII. Nonverbal Codes
IX.   Verbal Codes
X.    Application of Intercultural Communication Theories in Different Areas and Endeavors
    A. Business
    B. Education
    C. Health care
    D. Tourism
XI. Cultural Identity and Ethnography
XII.  Obstacles to Intercultural Competence
    A. Ethnocentrism
    B. Stereotyping
    C. Prejudice
    D. Discrimination
    E. Racism
    F. Privilege
XIII. Outcomes of Intercultural Contact
    A. Assimilation
    B. Accommodation
    C. Acculturation
XIV.Theoretical Underpinnings of Intercultural Communication
    A. Communication accommodation
    B. Uncertainty reduction
    C. Layers of intolerance

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Assignments will include:
1. Reading 30 to 60 pages per week
2. Experiential games and simulation exercises
3. Participation in various forms of intercultural communication
4. Field work including observation of and participation in cross-cultural communication outside
    the classroom
5. Ethnographic essays about student's own cultural identity (1000 to 2500 words total)
6. Observation reports and analysis of intercultural communication events (1000 to 4000 words
7. One to two midterm exams and final
8. Optional group presentations about intercultural communication issues

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
25 - 50%
Ethnographic essays, observation reports and research reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 40%
Field work, group exercises and presentations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 40%
Multiple choice, true/false, matching items, essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 15%
Class participation and attendance

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Experiencing Intercultural Communication. 6th ed. Martin, Judith and Nakayama, Thomas. McGraw Hill. 2017
Intercultural Communication:  A Contextual Approach. 7th ed.  Neuliep, James.  Sage Publications. 2017
Intercultural Communication in Contexts. 7th ed. Martin, Judith. and Nakayama, Thomas. McGraw Hill. 2017
Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures (8th). Lustig, Myron and Koester, Jolene. Pearson. 2017
Communication Between Cultures. 9th ed. Samovar, Larry and Porter, Richard and McDaniel, Edwin. Cengage. 2016
Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice. 2nd. Sorrells, Kathryn. Sage Publications. 2015
Understanding Intercultural Communication. 2nd ed. Ting-Toomey, Stella and Chung, Leeva C. Oxford. 2011 (classic)

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