CMN 203 notes and questions

CMN 203 notes and questions - Intercultural Communication...

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Intercultural Communication History 1950s-60s -needs -Edward Hall -focus -approach
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History continued 1970-80s -needs -social scientist oriented scholars -focus -approach
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History continued 1990s-present -needs -critical scholars -focus -approach
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Intercultural concepts and theories Individualistic culture/Collectivistic culture Anxiety-uncertainty management theory Conversational constraints theory Face negotiation theory Communication accommodation theory Diffusion of innovation theory
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Arab and American communication What are the core values of Arab culture and how do they differ from American core values? What is the function of story-telling in Arab culture? Why are poets highly respected in Arab culture?
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Arab and American in conflict What is the central message in the Mobil’s ad compared with the central message in the Saudi’s “open letter to American people”? How do the style of two messages differ? What is the political and historical issue involved in the Saudi’s letter? How did Arabs and Americans miss out each other in their persuasive messages? How would Arabs and Americans perceive each other as the result and how would they improve their intercultural communication?
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Issues in cross-cultural research What challenges did Deborah face when she was doing research in China? What are required when a reseacher is doing research in a foreign country? Why wouldn’t the Western techniques of random sampling work in other cultures? What issues should a researcher be aware of when doing research on a culture not of his or her own?
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What are the two problems with using convenience samples in doing cross-cultural research? What are the four types of “equivalence” in the use of questionnaires on population of other cultures? What are the four types of potential bias in doing cross-cultural research? What suggestions did Deborah give on doing cross-cultural research?
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Thinking about “culture” According to Dreama Moon, how many ways can “culture” be defined? What is her position on the definition of “culture”? What is Proposition 22 in California and how does it illustrate meanings of culture and communication? How does the social debate on Eminem say about the role of popular culture?
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Context and Meaning Edward Hall claims that culture functions as a selective screen. What does that mean? Why is context important in intercultural communication and what are the categories of contexts? What are the differences between high context and low context cultures and what are the examples that Hall gave?
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What are the differences between “restricted code” and “elaborated code” and are they related to high and low context communication? What is the difference between “programmed
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2011 for the course CMN 103 taught by Professor Lucyxinglu during the Fall '09 term at DePaul.

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CMN 203 notes and questions - Intercultural Communication...

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