Intercultural Communication fall night 09

Intercultural Communication fall night 09 - Intercultural...

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Intercultural Communication: CMN 103 Fall 2009 Tuesday Evenings 5:45 to 9:00 Instructor Information Stephanie Howell Office: TBA Phone: (Cell) 618-967-4837—please do not call after 10:00 in the evening Email: [email protected] [email protected] Office Hours: TBA The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility, we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom. (bell hooks) From the moment of birth the customs into which [an individual] is born shape his/ her (my emphasis) experience and behavior. By the time he can talk, he/ she is a little creature of his/ her culture, and by the time he/s he is grown and able to take part in its activities, its habits and his habits, its beliefs, his/ her beliefs, its impossibilities, his/ her s impossibilities. (Ruth Benedict) Course Description Communication 103 is a class that is based on how human communication and culture are intricately linked. Within this class we define intercultural communication in a broad manner: communication between people from different countries, between people from different co-cultures within the same country, between people who differ in gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic class, cultural heritage, or whose lives vary in other significant ways that bring about different cultural ways of knowing, understanding, and interacting. It is my/our hope that we can and will learn from one another as we examine the foundations, processes, and applications of intercultural communication. While we will be utilizing our textbook readings as our foundational understanding(s) of cultural and intercultural communication, we will also make use of our own lived experiences to engage in dialogue in regards to our readings. We live in an incredibly diverse world and college students need to have an understanding of cultures, languages, and communication patterns that vary from their own. Regardless of your career plans, each student will encounter and interact with folks who move through the world in different ways from their own. When one is only familiar with their own culture, one tends to believe that their way of behaving, speaking, interacting, and understanding are “right” and “appropriate.” It is my/our hope that this
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particular course will enhance and broaden your personal and professional lives—that you leave this class with greater understanding and empathy in regards to intercultural communication. Texts and Resources
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