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123 Syllabus, Fall 1999
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123 -Why Study Intercultural Communication?
WHAT IS SPEECH 123, INTERCULTURAL
Currently Speech 123 is a successful
course at Prince George’s Community College which allows students to learn
the ways in which cultural differences influence interpersonal speaking
and listening. The class is organized to address three contexts of intercultural
communication: gender, interracial/interethnic within the United States,
and international. Students regularly talk of important new awareness they
have gained from the class, serving to improve their interactions at home,
at work and in the community. Classroom activities and guided discussion
provide important opportunities for students to recognize underlying assumptions
made by themselves and others and to practice safely alternative ways of
addressing potentially intimidating issues.
The communication focus of this
class results in outcomes in the form of strategies to improve intercultural
interaction, not settling for awareness of differences as a final outcome.
Each context (gender, interracial/interethnic, international) is studied
through the perspective of communication topics, including the culture’s
influences on the following: perception, purposes for communicating, language,
nonverbal communication, listening, and power/conflict. The bulletin
board system will support faculty-student and student-student interaction
around weekly topics related to the readings.
WHAT REQUIREMENTS DOES THIS CLASS
Speech 123 fulfills cultural
diversity requirements at Prince George’s Community College, the University
of Maryland, College Park, Towson State University, and many other Maryland
institutions. We are in the process of determining its fit for cultural
diversity requirements at other Maryland institutions.
At all Maryland four-year institutions,
SPH 123 will be accepted as part of General Education requirements. Thus,
it can fulfill a requirement for students seeking four-year degrees, regardless
of their majors.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS COURSE?
I designed this course as a 101-level
course, without prerequisites beyond the reading level requirement. It
was a first among community colleges, to my knowledge. I wanted such a
course not only for communication majors, intending instead to bring together
a wide range of students, United States- and foreign-born, in a classroom
laboratory, to experience intercultural communication first hand. (It is
not designed to take the place of four-year schools’ offerings of intercultural
communication, which are typically more theoretical 300- and 400-level
courses, offered frequently for speech communication majors only.) Thus,
unique to this class, distance learning takes the course to a wider audience,
greatly enhancing the content of the course for all its participants.
Currently P.G.C.C. provides a
student population which is diverse, including African - Americans and
European - Americans, males and females, students from other countries,
students of multiple generations and students from differing economic classes.
Including students from throughout Maryland via interactive television
allows for a greater diversity of students sharing ideas. Rural,
suburban and urban perspectives and experiences, those of ethnic neighborhoods,
people working in a greater variety of occupations, and those from additional
nations, for example, expand the viewpoints and experiences shared in a
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