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CA 529 Cross-Cultural Communication
Aitken, Joan Evelyn


Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.

Course

CA 529 Cross-Cultural Communication

Semester

S2P 2010 DL

Faculty

Dr. J. E. Aitken

Title

Professor, Arts and Communication

Degrees/Certificates

Michigan State University, BA, Communication Theory
University of Arkansas, MA & Doctorate, Communication & Administration
University of Missouri-Kansas City, MA, Curriculum & Leadership

Office Location

229 Copley--Local students are welcome to work face-to-face in this course.

Office Hours

By appointment.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6785  My home phone is at the bottom of my email signature.

E-Mail

joan.aitken@park.edu

Web Page

http://onlineacademics.org/Multicultural/

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

McBride, J. (1996). The color of water: A Black man's tribute to his White mother. James McBride. New York: Riverhead Books. ISBN: 1-57322-578-9
 
The Style Manual for the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership

APA (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html#PHILOSOPHY

Course Description:
CA 529 Cross-Cultural Communication: A study of communication and culture that examines cultural variability in interpersonal relationships.
 
Learning Outcomes:

1.      To facilitate more effective communication episodes across gender, ethnicity, 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.

(NBPTS 2, 5)

Educational Philosophy:
 

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html#PHILOSOPHY

Class Assessment:

Tentative Grading Assignment Point Value - 100 Points

 

Wk 2 Intercultural Leadership Reflection -- 5 Points
Wk 3 Complimentary Schismogenesis Reflection “Paper” (Discussion Board) -- 10 Points
Wk 4 Metatheoretical Assumptions Reflection “Paper” (Discussion Board) -- 10 Points
Wk 6 Core Assessment Minority Group Experience Reflection “Paper” (Dropbox) -- 25 Points
Wk 7 Communication Style Reflection “Paper” (Discussion Board) -- 10 Points
Wk 3, 4, 5 Color of Water Threaded Discussion Leader (Discussion Board) -- 10 Points
Wk 6, 7, 8 Cultural Perspective Web Presentation (Discussion Board) -- 5 Points
Wk1-8 Threaded Discussion Board Participation -- 25 Points

Grading:

Grading:
 

Final Grades will be determined according to the following scale:

A = 90-100
B = 80-89.99
C = 70-79.99
D = 60-69.99
F = 59 or below
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Submission of Course Materials:
In a monochromic culture like ours, meeting deadlines is crucial to effective communication and leadership. Thus, meeting deadlines is a way of showing understanding of the meaning of time in our culture. Minor assignments will not be accepted late. Deadlines for major assignments must be met on time or the grade will be automatically docked 50%. Assignment will be accepted late with a physician's excuse.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

Assignments:  http://onlineacademics.org/Multicultural/Assignments.htm

COURSE TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 

Week

Reading

Further Exploration in Neuliep text

Minor Assignments

Major Assignment Due by Sun

Week 1


Approaches to the study of culture and communication

Hofstede's 4 Dimensions of Cultural Variability

Interpersonal relationships and the androgynous person

 

1 The Necessity of Intercultural Communication 2. The Cultural Context

Read and discuss lecture(s).

Complete measure and discuss.

Discussion threads.

 

Week 2

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

Quick read of The Color of Water cover to cover.

 

3. The Microcultural Context

4. The Environmental Context

Read and discuss lecture(s).

Complete measure and discuss.

Discussion threads.

 

Into the Storm Reflection

Week 3

The Color of Water

 

The Color of Water, Chapters 1-10

 

5. The Perceptual Context

6. The Sociorelational Context

Read and discuss lecture(s).

Complete measure and discuss.

Discussion threads.

 

Reflection Paper
 
Color of Water Threaded Discussion Leader
 

Week

Reading

Further Exploration in Neuliep text

Minor Assignments

Major Assignment Due

Week 4

The Color of Water

 

The Color of Water, Chapters 11-20

7. The Verbal Code: Human Language

8. The Nonverbal Code

Read and discuss lecture(s).

Complete measure and discuss.

Discussion threads.

 

Reflection Paper
 
Color of Water Threaded Discussion Leader 
 

Week 5

The Color of Water,

 

The Color of Water, Chapters 21-Epilogue

 

9. Developing Intercultural Relationships

10. Intercultural Conflict

Read and discuss lecture(s).

Complete measure and discuss.

Discussion threads.

 

Color of Water Threaded Discussion Leader 

Week

Reading

Further Exploration in Neuliep text

Minor Assignments

Major Assignment Due

Week 6

 

11. Intercultural Communication in Organizations

12. Acculturation, Culture Shock, and Intercultural Competence

Read and discuss lecture(s).

Complete measure and discuss.

Discussion threads.

 

Core Assessment Reflection

 

Web Presentation

Week 7

 

Religion and Communication Adaptation

Read and discuss lecture(s).

Discussion threads.

 

Communication Style Reflection

 

Web Presentation

Week 8

Closure

 

 

Discussion threads.

 

Web Presentation

 

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31
Academic Honesty and Plagiarism:

Because of the importance of the value of academic honesty and ethics in the culture of academia, I follow a zero tolerance policy. Use your own words in everything. If the idea is someone else's, cite and reference the source of information.  In the rare case you use someone else's words, use quotation marks, and cite, and reference in APA style.  
Any student who duplicates content--as identified by Turnitin software--without direct quotations and proper citation earns an "F."
READ and KNOW American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Requirements for this program:
Expectations of ethical behaviors pp. 11-20.
Compliance checklist p. 20.
Complying With Ethical, Legal, and Policy Requirements, p. 231-236.
Crediting Sources pp. 169-174.
Self-plagiarism, pp. 16, 29, 170.
For additional information about ethical expectations, see http://onlineacademics.org/Grad/Ethics.htm

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32


Follow APA Style exactly.

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Last Updated:2/25/2010 4:50:54 PM