Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Lane Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Lane Community College Catalog
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COMM 115 - Introduction to Intercultural Communication

4 Credit(s)

This course examines the exchange of information between people who are culturally unalike. The essence of intercultural communication is the way in which different cultural values, beliefs, rituals, behaviors, artifacts, experiences, and worldviews – the sets of variables which form the differences between cultures – affect the ways in which people process information. This class discusses how people from different cultures come to see things differently, and how those perceptual differences effect their communication. Class experiences will include lectures, group discussions, activities, and intercultural simulations. While course material is theoretical, course assignments and discussions are designed for application to your everyday encounters with individuals from other countries, therefore, student participation is essential to learning the course materials.

Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
1. Define communication, culture, and intercultural communication
2. Identify the reciprocal effects of intercultural perceptions on personal, organizational, national, and global settings
3. Identify and describe the building blocks of intercultural communication theory
4. Identify and analyze communication characteristics of various cultures
5. Explore how intercultural models drive behavior and pose challenges
6. Examine the experiences of those with diverse cultural backgrounds
7. Develop communication skills that improve competence in intercultural communication
8. Distinguish the complex relationship between culture and conflict
9. Build and manage intercultural relationships
10. Explore intercultural communication in specific contexts (may include healthcare, business, tourism, and/or educational settings)

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