CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION PSYCH 237, Fall 2011 Syllabus Dr. Dharam P. Yadav
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 11:15 am – 12:45 pm Phone: 656-4016 COURSE OBJECTIVES:
The major objective of this course is to enhance student's knowledge and understanding of theory, research and applications pertaining to the process of cross-cultural communication. More specifically, the course is designed to examine the inter-relationship between communication and cultural patterns. It examines the ways in which cultural assumptions, values, perceptual and cognitive orientations, cultural stereotypes, prejudice, ethnocentrism, non-verbal behaviors, language, and meaning systems operate in the process of cross-cultural interaction between people from diverse cultural and ethnic groups. Through a series of class presentations, case studies and individual research projects, we hope to explore the process of cross-cultural communication and conflict arising from cultural diversity and globalization in a variety of contexts including counseling, human services, education, health care, environmental conservation, organizational behavior, human resource development, and international development. TEXTBOOKS
1. Samovar, L. and Porter, R. (2012). Intercultural communication: A Reader. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Inc., Required 2. Brislin, R. (2000). Understanding Culture’s Influence on behaviors. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt College Publishing. Required. 3. Hall, Edward. (1990) The hidden dimension. New York, NY: Doubleday, (Recommended reading available in Bailey Howe) 4. Hall, Edward. (1990) The silent language. New York, NY: Doubleday, (Recommended reading available in Bailey Howe) SCHEDULE OF TOPICS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
I. COMMUNICATION, CULTURE, & CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Tu 08/30 Th 09/01 Tu 09/06
a. General Introduction: Culture and Human Behavior; Brislin, Chap. 1, pp. 1-22; Samovar and Porter, pp. 1-17 b. Relevance of Culture to Communication Behavior; Samovar and Porter, pp. 34-55 c. Defining Cross-Cultural Communication, its Scope and Importance. Hall, Hidden Dimension, Chap. 1; Samovar and Potter, pp. 32-38 d. Nature of Cross-Cultural Problems and Cross-Cultural Research. Brislin, Chap. 1, pp. 23-33 II. ROLE OF SUBJECTIVE CULTURE IN CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN INTERCULTURAL CONTEXTS Tu 09/13 a. Th 09/15 b. Tu 09/20 c.
Th 09/22 d. Tu 09/27 e.
Subjective Culture and Communication Patterns; Brislin, Chap. 8, pp. 278-298; Samovar and Porter, pp. 56-103 Cultural Assumptions, Values and Concepts; Samovar and Porter, pp. 103-113, 144-160 Cultural Differences Between the U.S. and Other World Societies; Samovar and Porter, pp. 189-197; 161-188; Brislin, Chap. 3, pp. 70-94 Intercultural Contexts and Communication: Organizational Cultures; Samovar and Porter, pp. 19-33; 327-355 Subjective Cultural and Social Behavior; Brislin, Chap. 4, pp. 112-133 1
III. CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND MINORITY SUB-CULTURES: THE REALITY OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY Th 09/29 a.
Cultural Diversity and Pluralism; Samovar and Porter, pp. 206-221 Th 10/06 c.
Cultural Diversity, Stereotypes, and Cross-Cultural Problems; Samovar and Porter, pp. 222-231, 232-240 Ethnic Groups; Brislin, Chap. 6, pp. 195-208 Cultural and Linguistic Variations between the American "Middle Class Culture," and the Sub-Culture of Tu 10/04 a.
b. Culture of Poverty and the Sub-Culture of African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and other Minority Minorities. Samovar and Porter, pp. 490-497, 104-111, 119-125 d. Identifying Prejudice & Communication Barriers in intercultural interactions with Minority Sub-Cultures. Brislin, Chap. 6, pp. 208-226
CRITICAL ESSAY #1 DUE
IV. CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION, CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND GENDER ROLLS Tu 10/11 a. b. c. d.
Culture, Gender, and Male-Female Interaction. Brislin, Chap. 9 Gender stereotypes
Differences in Male and Female Interaction Patterns
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