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This course is an introduction to the dynamic forces which enhance effective communication between persons from various cultural backgrounds, primarily in a professional setting. By helping students to develop a truly international perspective, COMM 7100 encourages intercultural communication competency, otherwise known as ICC. Due to rapid globalization, ICC is not an option, but a necessity.
6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100 level or above, or 3 credits of university/college composition.
*(A)*ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE LEARNING: This is not a self-paced course. There will be specific timelines for assignments and exams. You will have readings, discussions, peer review, and assignments to complete each week (although you do NOT have to be online at a particular time or on a particular day). Your weekly participation is essential to succeed in this course. On the start date of your class (not before), log into learn.bcit.ca to access your course link. *(B)*SYNCHRONOUS ONLINE FINAL EXAM: You will be required to take the final exam in an online environment on Saturday, March 26, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. Online attendance for the final exam beginning at 6:30PM and ending at 9:30PM is mandatory.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Understand and explain the components of culture (such as traditions, customs, rituals, narratives, celebrations, artistic traditions, symbols, language, beliefs, norms, and values).
Develop aids to intercultural competence, such as, cultural relativism, observation, and empathy along with KMS (knowledge, mindfulness, and skills).
Recognize perceptual barriers to intercultural competence (such as ethnocentrism, stereotyping, prejudice, racism, and discrimination).
Acknowledge and explore the importance of Indigenous histories, perspectives, and Reconciliation in de-colonizing cultural norms.
Recognize and articulate the distinctions between global communication styles.
Apply communication models, theories, and terms.
Apply knowledge of the dimensions of intercultural and interpersonal communication to assess a given culture and create a presentation for peers on best practices for business communication in this culture.
Explain the factors which encompass effective interpersonal communication within an intercultural and/or international setting – utilizing theories from Geert Hofstede and Edward Hall and others– and be able to relate these features to work-based situations.
Apply knowledge of the major features of a destination culture or society, with respect to issues of communication and business, in order to adapt communication styles to that destination culture.
Write a research paper which utilizes proper referencing and citations.
Critically evaluate information to determine if it is accurate, relevant, and complete, and to use critical thinking to develop strong arguments.
Effective as of Winter 2019
COMM 7100 is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Business + Media
Accounting Full-time/Part-time Bachelor of Accounting
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