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Intercultural mid-term exam review

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Midterm Exam Review Sheet Intercultural Communication 314 Please come prepare to answer T/F, short answer, multiple choice, and critical thinking essay questions. Also, please understand that while this review sheet provides a comprehensive overview of what you will need to know to do well on the exam, it is not exhaustive of what may be covered on the exam. Chapter 1 1. Understand what is culture, communication, and intercultural communication Culture is a learned system of meanings that fosters a particular sense of shared identity-hood and community-hood among its members. It is a complex frame of reference that consists of a pattern of traditions, beliefs, values, norms, symbols, and frame of reference for making sense of the world. It is not static and always adapting. Communication is a process where y people collectively create and transmit meaning through the exchange of verbal and nonverbal messages in a particular context. Intercultural communications is communication that occurs between individuals and entities that are culturally unalike. 2. Be able to provide five reasons why it is important to study intercultural communication Demographics-the world is changing. Societal outcomes-both personal and organizations benefit from culturally sensitive individuals who take the time to learn about different culture. If they choose not to then personal relationships can be damaged and organizations can lose money. Peace and conflict-has the power to create peace or conflict. Ethical considerations-the focus on the principles of right or wrong in human conduct. Cultural universalism emphasizes a single set of standards that should be used to judge other’s behavior as good or bad. One code of ethics is used for all behavior; this code usually comes from a dominant group. Cultural Relativism is a code of ethics that judges people’s behavior based on their own
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cultural standards. The platinum rule, treat people as they wish to be treated Social justice-philosophical stance that emphasizes fair distribution of wealth, power, and income across cultures. 3. Describe three perspectives for studying intercultural communication 1. Interpretive approach -provides detailed descriptions of culture and cultural communication. The goal is to identify a unified culture and the ways of knowing and understanding the culture. This approach often uses ethnographic research. 2. Social scientific Perspective- attempts to identify patterns of communication and attribute this behavior to cultural values. This approach tends to use quantitative methods to do a statistical analysis and make comparisons and identify patterns of behavior. Usually over-generalized comparisons. 3. Critical approach -emphasizes power differences between different cultures and study the domination of one group by another. They examine ways that certain communication patterns of privilege certain individuals over others and try to point tout this privilege to improve social relations and social order.
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