SPCH 230 Intercultural Communication
Spring 2008 Course Syllabus
Item 1901 Section D Hybrid
Meeting Times & Locations: face-to-face T/Th 10:30 – 11:20 in R204 & On-line approximately 3 hours per week.
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Required Text: Communication Between Cultures by Larry A. Samovar, Richard E. Porter, & Edwin R. McDaniel, 6th Edition
This course aims to increase student intercultural competence by examining the effects of culture on both the communication process and individual. Students taking this course will explore: communication and culture, intercultural messages, the role of context in intercultural communication, how culture affects one’s identity, how culture influences communication style, language, and non-verbal communication, and how to improve their own intercultural competence.
The following learning outcomes will be attained upon completion of this course:
1. explain how environmental
factors affect and make cultures different,
2. explain how cultural variables influence intercultural competency in an oral communication context,
3. explain why appropriateness and effectiveness are critical in constructing oral intercultural messages,
4. explain how individualism and collectivism affect the oral communication in an intercultural communication context,
5. demonstrate how Hofstede’s Cross-cultural Orientation model affects status oriented and person oriented oral communication styles,
6. define prejudice and discrimination. Provide examples to demonstrate your competence in applying the concepts,
7. apply the E.T. Hall’s Context of Meaning Model to explain high and low context and direct and indirect oral communication styles.
You will be engaged in activities and discussions designed to aid your understanding of the concepts explored in this class. This course combines classroom and online learning. Computer use is required. This course also includes a group project. Lectures by the instructor will be kept to a minimum. Given this format, students need to commit to being active participants in this class. In addition, this area of study contains complex theories and difficult social science jargon. I will do my best to assist you, but a college reading level and college writing level in English is needed to succeed in this course.
Class Participation – in class & online discussions 200 Points
Attendance – both in class & online 100 Points
Group Project - Presentation & Individual Performance 200 Points
Group Project Outline & Bibliography 100 Points
Cultural Identity Analysis Paper (6 – 10 pages) 100 Points
Exams (3) 300 Points
Tracking My Grade…
MY GRADE ON THIS ASSIGNMENT
Group Project Outline & Bibliography
Group Project (presentation portion
Cultural Identity Analysis Paper
Absences (List the dates of all absences both face-to-face as well as online.)
Directions: Add all assignment scores. This is the total number of points achieved in the class out of 600. Note…Class participation, attendance, and individual performance in the group project (i.e. the remaining 400 points) will be evaluated by the instructor and added in to the final grade calculation.
Please note: Specific guidelines and details
regarding all assignments can
be found on the course website using
Assignment Descriptions (Condensed):
Class Participation (200 Points): Students will be evaluated on the quality and substance of their contributions to class discussion both in class and online. Students are expected to come to class (as well as meetings online) prepared, having read all required reading assignments for that meeting; bringing to each class meeting the course textbook; ready to share relevant and constructive information with the class. With regard to their overall course grade, students will be evaluated on their constructive, meaningful and substantive participation in face-to-face and online class discussions of course material. Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, blackberries (and the like), ipods (and the like) etc. before class begins.
Attendance (100 Points): This course utilizes the Arts and Humanities policy on attendance. Students are required to attend all class meetings (both face-to-face as well as online discussions and assignments). More than three unexcused absences will result in a reduction in points for class attendance. Students who miss 10 or more classes (including online discussions and assignments) will fail the course. See http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/Artshum/policy/html for more information. Students are expected to come to face-to-face classes on time. Arriving late to class or leaving early is disruptive and inconsiderate to those who are on time. Chronic tardiness will result in a reduction in points for class participation. Students are required to spend at least 30 minutes 3 days a week on-line, completing any work by the due date.
If a student misses a class (face-to-face or online), he/she is responsible for any material covered in class during his/her absence.
Exams (3 @ 100 points each): There will be a total of three exams worth 100 Points each. Two of the exams will be administered online and one will be administered in the classroom. Each exam will consist of multiple choice and true and false questions. For the classroom exam, a Scantron form, available at the campus bookstore, is required. Prior to each exam, an exam review will be posted on the course web site.
Cultural Identity Paper (100 Points): Students will write a Cultural Identity paper exploring their cultural identities and practices. The paper must be typed, double-spaced in size 12 Times New Roman font (or similar) with 1” (one inch) margins. Detailed instructions for the paper will be made available on the course website.
Group Project (200 Points): Students will be assigned to a small group. Each group will choose a culture to explore from a list provided by the instructor. The goal of this assignment is for each group to enlighten the class regarding their chosen culture’s: worldview, cultural patterns, values and practices in a presentation before the class. Students will be given adequate time to meet in class or online in order to complete this project. The entire project grade consists of three parts: group performance and effectiveness on the presentation (100 pts.), student attendance at group meetings (both in class and on-line and the student’s contribution to his/her group (100 pts.). Presentations will be begin the 9th week of the quarter. More details regarding this assignment will be posted on the course website on a later date.
Note: Students who contribute little or inadequately to their group project (or group meetings) can be voted out of their group at any time during the quarter. If a student is voted out of his/her group, he/she will research and write a 15 page research paper on an Intercultural Communication topic of the instructor’s choice. The research paper will have a minimum of 15 cited journal sources and a comprehensive bibliography. The student will present his/her paper and findings to the class in a 30 to 45 minute presentation.
Group Project Outline & Bibliography (100 Points): Each group will hand in a formal, typed outline of their group project with an attached Bibliography containing credible sources.
A = 940 – 1000 A - = 900 - 939
B+ = 860 – 899 B = 830 – 859 B - = 800 – 829
C+ = 760 – 799 C = 730 – 759 C - = 700 – 729
D+ = 660 – 699 D = 600 – 659
F = 0 – 599
Expectations and Policies:
This course combines classroom and online learning. Computer use is required.
How to succeed in this class…
Success in this class is dependent on:
1. your motivation and desire to explore and learn,
2. your competence using
3. keeping up with the assigned readings by the due dates,
4. your ability to read and write in English at the college level,
5. the ability to learn from written materials, including lectures, e-mails, and on-line discussions,
6. meeting the attendance policy (both in class and online) and contributing in a relevant and constructive manner to class discussions (both in class and online),
7. a good working knowledge of your computer and your Internet Service Provider (ISP), including e-mail,
8. self-discipline to focus, set goals, and complete assignments on time without daily face-to-face contact with an instructor.
Should a student experience any technical computer issues (software or otherwise) anytime throughout the quarter, he/she should contact Distance Education: 425.564.2438 or toll free 1.877.641.2712, http://distance-ed.bcc.ctc.edu/startvista.asp, Room N209, email@example.com.
The division policy on classroom and on-line conduct applies to this course.
Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses. The division’s policies on plagiarism and cheating are clear. Students caught plagiarizing papers or projects or cheating on exams will receive an “F” (0 points) for the assignment and will be reported to the Dean of Student Programs and Services. See http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/Artshum/policy/html for more information.
Assignments are due on the designated due dates by the end of the class meeting time. Late work will not be accepted by the instructor unless prior arrangements have been made (that is, before the due date).
In order to receive credit for this course, students must complete all the assignments and examinations as well as meet the attendance requirement.
Essential to a liberal arts education is an open-minded tolerance for ideas and modes of expression which might conflict with one’s personal values. By being exposed to such ideas or expressions, students are not expected to endorse or adopt them but rather to understand that they are part of the free flow of information upon which higher education depends.
To this end, you may find that class requirements may include engaging certain materials, such as books, films, and art work, which may, in whole or in part, offend you. These materials are equivalent to required texts and are essential to the course content. If you decline to engage the required material by not reading, viewing, or performing material you consider offensive, you will still be required to meet class requirements in order to earn credit for this class. This may require responding to the content of the material, and you may not be able to fully participate in required class discussions, exams, or assignments.
The college's "Affirmation of Inclusion” is posted in each classroom and sets forth the expectation that we will all treat one another with respect and dignity regardless of whether or not we agree philosophically. This expectation is in line with the principle of free speech in a free society: we have the right to express unpopular ideas as long as we don't show disrespect for reasonable people who might believe otherwise. In a hybrid course, you will be expressing ideas through the medium of the course site in addition to face to face in the classroom. As such, these expectations also refer to the courtesy with which you communicate with one another through e-mails and e-discussions.
Part of this respect involves professional behavior toward the instructor, colleagues, and the class itself. Disruptive behavior is disrespectful behavior. The Arts and Humanities Division honors the right of its faculty to define "disruptive behavior," which often involves such things as arriving late, leaving early, leaving class and then returning, talking while others are trying to hear the instructor or their group members, doing other homework in class, wearing earphones in class, bringing activated beepers, alarm watches, or cellular phones into class, inappropriate comments or gestures, etc. In on-line courses, “flaming’ anyone in the class is also considered disruptive behavior. Such behavior interrupts the educational process. When you are in doubt about any behavior, consult your instructor during office hours as the judgment of the instructor is the final authority in these matters.
Suggestions Regarding Online Discussions:
about your tone of voice. In a written discussion a slightly critical comment
can seem like a crushing condemnation because readers can't see the facial
expressions and body language that tell them how serious you are. On the other
hand, it's not a good idea to write
"smiley-face" comments all the time. Those kinds of comments don't
add anything substantial to the discussion. If you question or disagree with
something someone has said, you need to say so—tactfully.
One way to express a disagreement tactfully is to couch your comment as a question: "Do you think we should consider...?" Another way is to use tentative language: "But I wonder if we couldn't look at it from another angle..." These kinds of comments invite others to join the discussion and give their ideas. Remember—our purpose is to generate ideas, not to win verbal battles.
Furthermore, it is not appropriate to be disrespectful in anyway – either online or face-to-face. Part of your success in this class is from your developed skill of dealing with people who are different than you. The difference may be in worldview, beliefs, and values. We will respect one another in all of these ways.
Students with disability and/or Special Needs:
If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please see me as soon as possible. Students with disabilities who have accommodation needs are required to meet with the Director of Disability Resource Services (B132) to establish their eligibility for accommodation. Disability Resource Services is in B132, and can be reached by phone at 425.564.2498 or TTY 425.564.4110. Students are encouraged to review their accommodation needs with each instructor during the first week of the quarter.
If you have any mobility issues, please come talk to me.
Students who need extra help in college writing should go to the BCC Writing Lab located in D204 for assistance.
Students who need access to a computer can utilize computers in the BCC Computer Lab located in the N building.
Communication is key! Please come talk to me if you have any concerns or issues.
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. - Confucius
What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing. – Aristotle
The wise teacher does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind. – Kahlil Gibran