Piper McNulty - Intercultural Studies

Syllabus - On Campus Class (web-enhanced - optional Catalyst site for readings and grades)

7 units of study.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
  1. Separate fact from interpretation and evaluation when describing others' behaviors
  2. Define and give examples of the major values / world views which guide human behavior around the globe
  3. Explain the impact on IC of ethnocentrism, prejudice and discrimination, privilege, colonial history and historical oppression.
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of key concepts and terms used to analyze intercultural communication
  5. Demonstrate decisive, reflective and receptive communication styles so as to be appropriate and effective in different cultural contexts
  6. Modify spoken English when communicating with English language learners
  7. Leverage bicultural skills and/or state the advantages of culture code switching 
  8. Coach others in alternative communication behaviors to facilitate effective intercultural interaction

Skills Practice/Participation........... 125
Discussion Questions and Forms.. 300
Presentation.................................. 75
Key Learnings Paper..................... 100
Tests.............................................. 200
TOTAL........................................... 800

1 letter grade = 80 points.

A+ = 97 - 100
A- = 90 - 92
B+ = 87 - 89
B = 83 - 86
B- = 80 - 82
C+ = 77- 79
C = 70 - 76*
D+ = 67 - 69
D = 63 - 66
D- = 60 - 62
F = 59 or lower
*(No C- grade)

For more information on course assignments and design, see link to left: ICS 7 / Spch 7 On-Campus Class

WEEK 1

  • Greensheet (materials, objectives, policies)
  • Student introductions and team building
  • Key concepts in Communication and IC.

WEEK 2

Unit 1: Introduction to IC, American Values, IC Relationships

Assignments:

  • American Behaviors and Values Marking Form due

WEEK 3

Unit 2: Culture in Context: Business

  • Presentations Introduced - Begin to work w/ partner
  • Business Behaviors and Values marking form due
  • Discussion Styles Skills activity

WEEK 4

Unit 3: Language and Culture

  • Native language interference activity.

WEEK 5

Unit 3, continued
Unit 4: Nonverbal Communication + Conflict Across Cultures

  • Work on presentation with partner
  • International English skills activity.

WEEK 6

Unit 4, continued

Midterm -- Will cover Units 1-4.

WEEK 7

Unit 5: Ethnocentrism, History, Privilege, Cultural Hierarchies

Assignments:

  • Conflict Styles Worksheet
  • Work on Presentation with Partner

WEEK 8

Unit 5, continued.

  • Extra credit student presentations
  • Skills activities: Neutral description, Observable behavior description.

WEEK 9

Unit 6: Identity, Gay Culture, Biculturalism, Transitions

  • Student Presentations
  • Culture Shock (transitions) discussion
  • Video Analysis
  • Interrupting Prejudice Skills Activity.

WEEK 10

Unit 7: Culture in Contexts: Health Care OR Education (student choice) + Popular Culture

  • Student Presentations.

WEEK 11

Unit 7, Continued

  • Student Presentations.

WEEK 12

  • Multicultural potluck
  • Review for Final

Final Exam
...will cover Units 5- 7 and review the course



Contact email Email: Piper McNulty
Phone: 408.202-9416
Office:
Hours:
M
11: 30 - noon,
outside MLC 113
T  11:30 - noon,
in MLC 260
By appointment in MCC, Pod 6

Intercultural Studies

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Last Updated: 5/5/15