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CA 529 Cross-Cultural Communication
McDonald, Michael


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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 2011 DLA

Faculty

McDonald, Michael

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

University of Missouri Kansas City BA
University of MIssouri Kansas City MA
University of Kansas PhD

Office Location

Univeristy of Missouri Kansas City Maniheim 104D

Office Hours

3-4 pm Central Time

Daytime Phone

816-235-6432

E-Mail

michael.mcdonald03@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
  The Color of Water  A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother

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Course Description:
CA 529 Cross-Cultural Communication: 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.

 

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

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
10 % will be deducted for each late assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
   

1

Get acquainted; course specs

Hofstede's 4 Dimensions of Cultural Variability

Interpersonal relationships and the androgynous person

The Bern Sex Role Inventory (BSRI): assessment and explanation

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

2      

View and discuss "Did you Know?"

View the videotape Interpersonal Communication as Social Action: Freud

Discussion: "Is There Anything Good About Men?"

Discussion: "Women and Science: The Debate Goes On"

3   

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

Metatheoretical Paper Due

4     

         

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

Midterm Paper Due                                                     

5

The Color of Water, Chapters 21-epilogue
Complete summary and discussion

Discussion related ti midterm paper

6   

Minority Group Experience Paper Due
Discussion and analysis

Cultural perspective presentations

7      

Cultural perspective presentations
Communication Style Paper due

 8    

   Cultural perspective 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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20

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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20


Attendance Policy:

Instructors 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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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