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 Course Title:   International Conversational Partners


 Department:    CMST

 Course #:    103

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2

 CIP:    231001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

A communication course requiring interviewing and group skills with an emphasis on bridging communication obstacles and building intercultural competence between American and international students.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the influence of culture on communication, specifically
    • Identifying specific cultural patterns and recognizing similarities and differences
    • Applying classroom experience in intercultural exchange to outside interactions
    • Recognizing intercultural obstacles and choosing appropriate strategies to increase communiation competence
  2. Develop critical thinking skills in applying communication strategies within intercultural contexts, specifically
    • Developing critical thinking skills for analyzing and discussing cultural perspectives and norms
    • Applying critical thinking skills to individual or group projects
  3. Demonstrating basic intercultural communication strategies, including
    • Applying competent intercultural behaviors in dyadic and group interactions
    • Using reading assignments and library and/or technological research to enhance interpersonal and intercultural understanding and applying them to individual, dyadic, and group projects

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.4 Use self-reflection to recognize and define a sense of self-identity in personal, social/gender, and/or cultural/global terms and in relationship to others.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Language and nonverbal communication
  2. Education, business, and economic contexts
  3. Time orientation
  4. Communication climates
  5. Family relationships and gender roles
  6. Food and customs