CA529 Cross-Cultural Communication

for U1P 2006

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CA 529 Cross-Cultural Communication


U1P 2006 MC


Noe, J. Mark


Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Professor of Communication Arts

Office Location

Copley 203

Office Hours

Monday and Tuesday: 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

816-584-6263 (Laure Christensen, Administrative Assistant)


Semester Dates

June 5 - July 30, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. James McBride. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996.  ISBN: 1-57322-578-9

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Course Description:
A study of communication and culture that examines cultural variability in interpersonal relationships.

Educational Philosophy:
Colleges and universities are not designed to be vocational schools.  Unlike trade schools that prepare students for a specific career (e.g. auto repair, hair dressing), the four-year college/university is dedicated to educating citizens for social, political, and economic life.  Some classes that may not be perceived as “relevant” (i.e., direct application to a career) are relevant to the future of the student as an effective member of society.  If the sole emphasis is on “getting a job,” the immediate goal may threaten the broader issue of what jobs might exist in the future.  A person who is narrowly trained to do a job today may be out of a job tomorrow.  Over specialization may result in the specialty becoming obsolete in the long run.  The Communication Theory and Human Relations graduate is prepared not only for entry-level jobs, but also has the skills sought for middle management positions.  Jobs in human resources, training and development, staff development, public relations, sales, or management are potential career choices.  Others may choose to pursue additional study in graduate schools.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. To facilitate more effective communication episodes across gender, race, culture, and other barriers.
  2. To examine the origins of personal beliefs and individual perception.
  3. To provide opportunities for exploration of other cultures.
  4. To develop strategies for improving communication across cultural boundaries.
  5. To establish a philosophical foundation for the study of communication and culture.
Class Assessment:
Assignments - 290 Total Points                            
Metatheoretical Assumptions Paper - 30 points
Midterm Paper - 50 points
Cultural Perspective: Speaker/Article - 30 points
Minority Group Experience: Reaction Paper - 50 points
The Color of Water: Discussion Leader - 30 points
Communication Style Paper - 100 points*

*Core Assessment - Rubric Attached

Final grades will be determined according to the following scale:
290 - 261 A
260 - 232 B
231 - 203 C
202 - 174 D
Below 174 F

If you have questions concerning a particular grade you should stop in and see me or request a conference.

Grading Criteria
Papers (Due as indicated in course work outline) - All of the assigned papers in the course will be graded using a rubric developed by Dr. Steve Atkinson for evaluating the Writing Competency Test (WCT). Some minor modifications have been made to adapt the rubric to the specific assignments for ED 529.
Each assignment will be evaluated using the following four criteria:
An "A" is awarded to a paper whose controlling idea seems not only clear but particularly thoughtful or imaginative.
A "B" indicates a focus that is clear and sustained throughout but that may not be especially original.
A "C" indicates satisfactory competence: the focus is clear but commonplace or conventional.
"D" and "F" papers lack focus.
An "A" is awarded to a paper that, whatever its length, seems to the reader to be a full discussion. It makes use of both the material from the supplied readings and also ideas, experiences, or information supplied by the writer. All the material is smoothly integrated and persuasively supports the paper's focus. The writer seems to be a thoughtful, critical reader of the material with a genuine personal "voice."
A "B" indicates that the writer has incorporated the material both appropriately in terms of content and smoothly in terms of style, and has also contributed personal ideas and experiences to the discussion. The paper's focus is clearly supported.
A "C" in this category indicates an essay that makes at least some use of the supplied readings and some other material to support its focus, though the use may not always be relevant, and the sources not discussed critically.
"D" and "F" papers make no use of the sources, fail to provide coherent support for the paper's focus, or whose use consists of unmarked quotations (copying from the sources word-for-word.)
An "A" paper is not only easy to follow, its structure seems effortless because of smooth transitions and a convincing rhetorical pattern.
A "B" is awarded to the paper that has a clear paragraphing and a logical sequence of topics.
A "C" paper is generally easy to follow, with reasonable paragraphing, though the discussion may wander briefly.
"D" and "F" papers are difficult to follow, either because the sequence of topics is not logical, because it is repetitive, or because the paragraphing is not helpful.
An "A" paper reads exceptionally smoothly, and the reader notices no errors in grammar, usage, punctuation, or spelling.
The "B" paper may contain an occasional problem in sentence structure or diction, but the reader is never seriously distracted.
In a "C" paper, there may be enough mechanical problems to distract the reader temporarily, but it is always possible to understand what the writer means.
"D" and "F" papers have severe problems with sentence structure or word choice -- severe enough so that the meaning is difficult or impossible to understand.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted.





June 5

Get acquainted; course specs
Hofstede's 4 Dimensions of Cultural Variability
Interpersonal relationships and the androgynous person
The Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI): assessment and
Female-male conversation: complementary schismogenesis
Sentence completion exercise
Minority group experience assigned
Communication style paper assigned
Approaches to the study of culture and communication: metatheoretical assumptions


June 12

Verbal and nonverbal aspects of gender communication
Jayne's Dilemma
Perspectives on the status of women in other cultures: an overview


June 19

The Color of Water, Chapters 1-10
Summary and discussion
Metatheoretical Paper due


June 26

The Color of Water, Chapters 11-20
Summary and discussion
Midterm Paper due


July 3

The Color of Water, Chapters 21 – epilogue
Complete summary and discussion
Discussion related to midterm paper


July 10

Minority Group Experience Paper due
Discussion and analysis
Cultural perspective presentations


July 17

Cultural perspective presentations
Communication Style Paper due


July 24

Cultural perspective presentations

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Core Assessment Rubric


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