M. W. 11:20-12:50, Fall 2009
Instructor: Dr. Lucy Xing Lu, College of Communication
Office: Room1807, 14 East Jackson
Office Hours: 1:30-2:30 MW and by appointment
This course explores issues pertaining to intercultural communication concepts,
experiences, and processes. We will consider the important role of context
(social/cultural, historical, and interpersonal) in intercultural interactions. We will
examine the complex relationship between culture and communication from three
conceptual perspectives: the social psychological perspective, the interpretive
perspective, and the critical perspective. We will discuss the relationship between
language, culture, and communication, and cover issues of cultural identity, the process
of cultural adaptation, and intercultural communication conflict. The readings, class
discussions, and assignments are designed to help develop intercultural communication
skills, sensitivity, and competency; and to encourage involvement, enjoyment, and
appreciation of diverse cultures.
1. To learn about values and practices of one’s own culture as well as the culture of
2. To understand and apply the methods, strengths and weaknesses of the social
scientific, interpretive, and critical approaches to the study of culture and communication.
3. To display self-reflexivity and examine your own ethnocentric tendencies, including
stereotypes and prejudice you hold about your own and other cultural groups.
4. To recognize and critique the impact of history and power in intercultural
5. To become more willing, flexible, and open-minded in intercultural communication
Martin, Judith N., & Thomas K. Nakayama.
Intercultural Communication in Context
ed., McGraw Hill, Boston, 2009
Additional Readings on Blackboard
Attendance and Participation
: Attend class regularly, demonstrate evidence of having
done the assigned readings. Be prepared to contribute to class discussions, participate in
class activities and group discussions, respect different views. 10 points.