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 Course Title:   Multicultural Communication: D

 Title Abbreviation:   MULTICULTR COMMUNICAT(D)

 Department:    CMST

 Course #:    105

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    231001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Explores cultural differences in communication styles and thought through the study of American ethnic, gender, and other groups, and the practice of effective intercultural communication strategies in various leadership roles and communication contexts.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU Transfer not evaluated
Other Shoreline, Cascadia
U of W Transfer not evaluated
WSU Transfer not evaluated
WWU

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the influence of culture on communication by
    • Recognizing gender and ethnic based differences in communication
    • Describing communication competence in terms of multicultural communication situations
    • Identifying cultural patterns, orientations, or other differences that may impact individual communication styles
  2. Develop critical thinking skills to apply in multicultural communication context, specifically
    • Developing connections between communication and other academic areeas and/or personal contexts
    • Adapting and applying appropriate communication strategies in dealing with diverse individuals, groups, and/or cultures
    • Applying a communication framework or perspective to individual and/or group projects
  3. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and basic skills in multicultural communication, including
    • Identifying and explaining the model, components, conditions, and common terminology of communication and culture
    • Researching and preparing class presentations according to recognized standards
    • Identifying his/her own communication behaviors, including those associated with identity, language, and nonverbal communication, and describing/demonstrating appropriate techniques to improve multicultural communication
    • Building confidence in communicating verbally and nonverbally, one-on-one, in small groups, and before the class
    • Applying textbook and supplemental reading assignments and library and/or technological research to individual, dyadic, or group projects

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

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.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

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

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.
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 . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
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.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.

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 . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.
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. Definitions, models, and terminology of multicultural communication
  2. Cultural identity
  3. Language and nonverbal barriers
  4. Contexts of communication
  5. Cultural patterns, perspectives, and biases