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.
*IMPORTANT*: This ONLINE course uses online learning approaches and BCIT's online learning platform D2L. The classes are online classes, but they are NOT self-paced. You will have readings, discussions, peer review, and assignments to complete each week as scheduled (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.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Understand and explain the components of culture (traditions, customs, rituals, narratives, celebrations, artistic traditions, symbols, language, beliefs, norms, and values) and cultural universals.
Develop aids to intercultural competence, such as positive perceptual filters, cultural relativism, diction, observation, and empathy – along with KMS (knowledge, mindfulness, and skills).
Recognize perceptual barriers to intercultural competence (such as ethnocentrism, stereotyping, prejudice, racism, and discrimination), while also being able to demonstrate attitudes which foster intercultural competence.
Recognize and articulate the distinctions between global communication styles.
Apply communication models, theories, and terms to interpersonal and international communication settings.
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 where communication and conflict resolution strategies can be utilized.
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.
Analyze the ambiguity, controversy, complexity, and relative merits of interpretations of communication issues which are central to a respective culture or society.
Apply knowledge, mindfulness, and skills surrounding intercultural communication best practices to assess the encounters of intercultural communication in the destination culture.
Use critical thinking, reading, and writing skills to research and analyze a topic in intercultural communication.
Produce an essay and a final paper, which utilize 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 Spring/Summer 2016
COMM 7100 is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Business
Accounting Full-time/Part-time Bachelor of Accounting
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