2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
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2023-2024 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
An 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.

Course Content
A. The parameters of culture and its characteristics (what is and is not culture)

B. Worldview components

C. The 5 questions of orientation

D. Indicators and predictors of cultural arrangement

E. Influence of culture on verbal and nonverbal message content and transmission

F. Influence of culture on social episodes (business, health care and education)

G. Influence of culture on conversational rituals

H. Influence of culture on building interpersonal relationships

I. Cultural ethics

Student Outcomes
  1. Explain and apply field relevant terms such as defining culture, ethnicity, race, diversity in written and/or spoken contexts.
  2. Explain how cultural world views shape cultural value systems and priorities which impact communication choices, and cultural responses to equity and diversity.
  3. Identify key language patterns and components that reinforce cultural world views, such as but not limited to high and low context communication codes.
  4. Delineate language factors that shape translation and interpretation issues and apply it across cultural and global contexts.
  5. Analyze the role of cultures in determining nonverbal behavior through the study of nonverbals (including, but not limited to kinesics, proxemics, paralinguistics, and chronemics).
  6. Identify key cultural factors that shape the forms and norms of how public and private relationships are conducted and apply those factors to their own experiences.  

Degree Outcomes
Humanities: Graduates acquire skills to critically interpret, analyze and evaluate forms of human expression, and create and perform as an expression of the human experience.

Communication: Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one’s own and other’s writing in order to communicate effectively.

Intercultural Engagement: Graduates demonstrate self-efficacy in intercultural engagement to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through reflections and expressions of cultural humility, empathy, and social and civic engagement and action. Further, graduates examine how identities/positionalities such as races, social classes, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and cultures impact perceptions, actions, and the distribution of power and privilege in communities, systems, and institutions.

Global Citizenship: Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable and equitable systems.

Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50

Potential Methods
A. Oral presentations

B. Group projects

C. Research papers and presentations

D. In class activities and simulations

E. Cultural events and films

F. Formal writings: essays, essay exams, research reports, reading responses 

G. Projects: group, individual, multimedia  

H. Informal writings: journals, in-class responses, brainstorming, freewriting, paraphrase and summary 

I. Group discussions and classroom activities 

J. Exams and quizzes: short answer, matching, multiple choice 

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