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COMM240 - Intercultural Communication

Course Details

Course Code: COMM240 Course ID: 2895 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course develops interpersonal, group, and presentational communication skills that are applicable in personal and professional cross-cultural relationships, and focuses on differences in values, message systems, and communication rules across cultural boundaries and in multicultural settings.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Examine yourself as a cultural being and enhance self and other awareness about cultures.
  2. Apply an understanding of and sensitivity to a variety of cultural perspectives and be able to identify ways of understanding and appreciating cultural similarities and dealing with challenges that arise from cultural differences.
  3. Classify and interpret skills and knowledge that increase your intercultural communication competence.
  4. Identify barriers—racism, sexism, and systems of privilege—that arise from histories of colonization, exploitation, and discrimination, and learn ways to define, recognize and distinguish these inequities.
  5. Formulate a critical perspective on local/global issues by examining the historical and political dimensions of intercultural relations.

NameGrade %
Forums 50.00 %
Week 1 Forum: Introductions 5.56 %
Week 1 Forum: Irreplaceable 5.56 %
Week 2 Forum 5.56 %
Week 3 Forum 5.56 %
Week 4 Forum 5.56 %
Week 5 Forum 5.56 %
Week 6 Forum 5.56 %
Week 7 Forum 5.56 %
Week 8 Forum 5.56 %
2 Short Essays 20.00 %
Week 2: Essay 1 10.00 %
Week 4: Essay 2 10.00 %
Abstract 10.00 %
Week 6: Article Evaluation 10.00 %
Final Paper 20.00 %
Week 8: Annotated Bibliography and Reflection 20.00 %
ExCredit 2.00 %
XCR1 1.00 %
XCR2 1.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
RealizeIT 0.00 %

Required Readings

All articles are uploaded to the course folder (heretofore referred to as “Article, 1, 2, 3…and so on).

  1. Brooks, David. “The Human Community”. The New York Times, May 11, 2007, p. 27.
  2. “Heritage Precious, But Don't Rule Out Change”. Chinadaily.com, November 7, 2007.
  3. “Can The 'People In The Clouds' Survive?”: South China Morning Post, June 10, 2008, p. 6.
  4. “Cartoon heroes”. South China Morning Post, August 13, 2008, p. 5.
  5. Osborne, Darren. “I'll Have to Google The Meaning”, The Courier Mail, May 14, 2008, p. 20.
  6. DerGurahian, Jean. “Breaking Barriers: Hospitals Work To Make Sure Cultural Issues Don't Hinder Quality Of Care”, Modern Healthcare, July 7, 2008, p. 28.
  7. Cowan, Erik. “Building business across cultures”, The Korea Herald, February 26, 2008.
  8. “Top tips: Cultural diversity in businesses”, The New Zealand Herald, August 17, 2008.
  9. Widhalm, Shelley. “People in other lands now seem less foreign; Teachers from abroad share their cultures”, The Washington Times, November 5, 2007, B1.
  10. Simmons, Deborah. “The pull of pop culture: Inside an American schoolhouse”, The Washington Times, January 18, 2008, p. A7.
  11. “Diversity, not separation, in schools”. The Toronto Star, November 13, 2007, p. AA06.
  12. Kang, Shin-who. “Connecting Classrooms' to Nurture Global Citizens”, Korea Times, March 4, 2009.
  13. “Iran and Iraq celebrate ‘bridge of friendship’”. BBC Monitoring Middle East – Political Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, September 28, 2007.
  14. “Economics and Culture Nurture Ties”. Chinadaily.com, May 8, 2008.
  15. Fields, Suzanne. “Stereotype redeemed: No more dividing us by category”, The Washington Times, November 6, 2008.
  16. Kaplan, Karen. “Racial stereotypes and social status: People who fall into poverty or go to jail are more likely to be perceived as black, a study shows”, Los Angeles Times, December 9, 2008.
  17. “Who are we?” South China Morning Post, June 11, 2007, p. 12.
  18. Angola Press Agency. “Minister Defends Approach of Cultural Identity”, Africa News, July 10, 2008.
  19. Marginson, Simon. “Stereotypes Tell Us Nothing In Uni Debate: Comment & debate”, The Age, July 28, 2008, p. 13.
  20. Ha, Michael. “Lessons in Intercultural Communication”, Korea Times, October 17, 2008.

Additional Resources Websites

In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are

useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

Opening Message: Communication Between Cultures

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlMf_RGlaQU

Week 2: Comparing Different Cultures: Intercultural Communication s -- Rey Ty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gRXMzR_8BY&NR=1

Week 4: Inter Cultural Effectiveness - Culture Shock Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFbPCj_cajY&feature=rela ted

Book Title:Intercultural Communication for Everyday Life - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also available in the classroom Lessons section.
ISBN:9781444332360
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Baldwin
Unit Cost:$66.67

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.