CA529 Cross-Cultural Communication

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CA 529 Cross-Cultural Communication


F2P 2011 MC


Noe, J. Mark


Chair, Department of Arts & Humanities - Director, Master of Arts in Communication & Leadership

Office Location

Copley 203

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

Cathy Boisen, Administration Assistant for the School of Arts & Humanities, 816.584.6263


Semester Dates

October 17 - December 10, 2011

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

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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 education citizens for social, political, and economic life.  Some classes that my 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 my 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 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 purse additional study in graduate schools.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. To facilitate more effective communication episodes across gender, race, culture, and other barriers. (NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 5)
  2. 2. To examine the origins of personal beliefs and individual perception. (NBPTS 1, 2, 4)
  3. 3. To provide opportunities for exploration of other cultures. (NBPTS 1, 2, 5)
  4. 4. To develop strategies for improving communication across cultural boundaries. (NBPTS 1, 3, 4)
  5. 5. To establish a philosophical foundation for the study of communication and culture. (NBPTS 2, 5)
Class Assessment:
Assignment Point Value - 340 Total Points
Metatheoretical Assumptions Paper  - 30 Points
Midterm Paper - 50 Points
Coming to Terms with Cultures: Response Paper - 50 Points
Cultural Perspective:  Speaker/Article - 30 Points
Minority Group Experience Reaction Paper -  50 Points
Color of Water Discussion Leader -  30 Points
Communication Style Paper - 100 Points


Final Grades will be determined according to the following scale:
A = 340-306
B = 305-272
C = 271-238
D = 237-204
F = 203 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any late assignments received will result in a 50% reduction in points followed by addition 10% reduction per day.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

October 17:
   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 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
October 24:
   View and discuss "Did you Know?"
   Interpersonal Communication as Social Action: Freud
   Discussion:  "Is There Anything Good About Men?"
   Discussion:  "Women and Science:  The Debate Goes On"
October 31:
   The Color of Water, Chapters 1-10
   Summary and discussion
   Metatheoretical Paper Due
November 7:
   The Color of Water, Chapters 11-20
   Summary and discussion
   Midterm Paper Due
November 14:
   The Color of Water, Chapters 21-epilogue
   Complete summary and discussion
   Discussion related to midterm paper
   Coming to Term with Cultures: Response Paper Due
November 21:
   Minority Group Experience Paper Due
   Discussion and analysis
   Cultural perspective presentations
November 28:
   Cultural perspective presentations
   Communication Style Paper Due
December 5:
   Cultural perspective presentations

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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25

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: .


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