2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    May 31, 2023  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CMST 105 Intercultural Communication (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Humanities; General Transfer Elective
Formerly SPCH 105

Course Description
The examination of the effects of culture upon the process of communication. Using theory and skill development, students are prepared to communicate effectively both within and across cultures.

Student Outcomes
1. Define culture.
2. Explain the importance of cultural study.
3. Identify characteristics and components of world views.
4. Identify characteristics of culture communication patterns (low or high context).
5. Identify phases of culture shock.
6. Define “world view”.
7. Explain how cultural world views shape cultural value systems and priorities.
8. Explain how world views serve as predictors of cultural perceptions and actions.
9. List the four rules of language.
10. List the four uses of language
11. Define language.
12. Identify the factors which shape translation and interpretation issues.
13. Identify uses of nonverbal communication.
14. Identify the role of culture in determining nonverbal behavior.
15. Define proxemics.
16. Explain how the use of space and touch is culturally conditioned.
17. Define chronemics.
18. Explain how the use of time is culturally conditioned.
19. Identify various family structures.
20. Explain how culture influences family structure.
21. Define exogamy and endogamy.
22. Define and identify co-cultures.
23. Understand how cultural rules define the appropriateness of the relationships we form
24. Identify factors regarding how business etiquette is culturally oriented.
25. Identify factors regarding cultural perceptions of health care.
26. Identify factors regarding cultural perceptions of education.

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