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CMN 232 Intercultural Communication

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    Jan 09, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would without a doubt highly recommend Intercultural Communication (CMN 232) to all students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is a culturally eye-opening course. For communication majors especially, intercultural communication is a crucial piece of working with others and the course offers countless advice as to how to effectively do so.

    Course highlights:

    This course gives students an introduction as to how to communicate with people of contrasting backgrounds. There is sufficient insight regarding identity, conflicts within communication, and tips as to how to better work with all types of people. I learned an exceptional amount about how to recognize differences I have with others and how to effectively combat them.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    The greatest advice I have to offer for prospective students would be to actively participate. Participation is key in this course as it helps you better and more easily understand the subject matter, as well as plays an important role in your grade. This includes actively reading the assigned books and answering questions in class and working closely with fellow classmates. Students are allowed a “cheat sheet” on both the midterm and final, so notes should be clearly written to capture the most important concepts for exam preparation.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jillian Moga
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Final Paper
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    Jan 07, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is set up for students who really want to learn and who enjoy ideas. We discussed a LOT of cultural theories and tools in lecture. There are a lot of readings. You will be looking more at cultural topics than communication topics. I enjoyed the readings, and the project. Beware: exams are essay format and the final paper is 6-8 pages long, APA. In-class writing assignments are really easy, and you can pass a pop quiz just by skimming the readings. You can't go wrong taking this course, and I believe that you can market what you learn here in an interview with ease.

    Course highlights:

    What I learned and enjoyed learning most, was all things related to inter-ethnic problems. Bailey is one author who deals with such topics a lot. It brings a ton of light to how you'll think about communication between blacks and whites, for example. This course shows you that even when everyone speaks English, or any other language, there is way more to it that is culturally determined, and it is those cultural differences that cause miscommunication. Prepare for a true paradigm shift during this course! It is NOT boring.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Find a method for completing the reading. I would skim for headings and subheadings first and I allowed myself to read interesting sections first (yes, read out of written order). Doing this will get you engaged with the material from the start and you're more likely to remember key points. Also, highlight and underline, and write discussion questions to bring to class. Jillian loves to have discussions and hear students' ideas.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jillian Moga
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    • Many Small Assignments Participation Counts Requires Presentations

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