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CA 235 Multicultural Communication
McDonald, Michael


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CA 235 Multicultural Communication

Semester

S2J 2012 DNH

Faculty

Michael McDonald

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA University of Missouri Kansas City
PhD University of Kansas

Office Location

University of Missouri Kansas CIty

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

816-365-9584

E-Mail

michael.mcdonald03@park.edu

Semester Dates

March 19-May 13th 2012

Class Days

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Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Intercultural Communication A Contextual Approach James W. Neuliep

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Additional Resources:
 

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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.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
CA235 - Multicultural Communication--A study of communication and culture that examines cultural variability in interpersonal relationships. Emphasis is placed on facilitation of more effective communication episodes across gender, race, life-styles, culture and other barriers.

Educational Philosophy:
 

I believe learning should be interactive. I use a variety of techniques to teach the material such as lectures, reading, discussion, videos, and websites. I expect and encourage discussion of thoughts and ideas about the topics being discussed.

In this course, you are encouraged to increase your multicultural experiences. Please take the time to go to intercultural community events, festivals, museums, ethnic restaurants, and other local multicultural activities, which will expand your experience and understanding of our multicultural society. Talk to immigrants, international students, foreign visitors, and other people who can increase your understanding of the complexities of culture and how a person's experience affects communication. In other words, take active steps to improve your intercultural communication skills in this course.

Class Assessment:

Midterm 100 points
Final 100 points
4 Quizzes 25 points each for 100 points
In Class and Online Discussion 50 points
Final Paper 100 points
Journal 50 points

Grading:

Midterm 100 points
Final 100 points
4 Quizzess 25 points each for 100 points
In Class and Online Discussion 50 points
Final Paper 100 points 8-10 pages at least 4 sources
Journal 50 points 5-7 pages total
500 Points Possible 
 

Typically, final grades are earned according to the following scale:

A =500-450
B = 449-400
C = 399-350
D = 349-300
F = 299 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

In a monochronic time culture like the US, meeting deadlines is crucial to effective communication. Thus, being on time is a way of showing that you know the nonverbal meaning of time in our culture.

All course work is expected to be completed on time. If you know you will not be able to complete an assignment before the assignment due date during particular class period, talk to me or email me with at least 24 hours notice and you will be allowed to turn the assignment in late. The instructor must receive all authorized late assignments before the beginning of the next class period to avoid a 20% grade deduction.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

Students need to be respectful of other people in this class.  Rhetorical sensitivity is the process of communicating with the context in mind, so that you are concerned about the other person's perspective.  Strive to enhance a safe and positive learning community in this class.

 

In this course, you will learn about the importance of saving face (protecting another person's pride), which calls for you to suspend judgmental talk or actions about the other person's values, attitudes, and behaviors.  You will want to focus on ideas and avoid prejudicial or stereotypical comments.  Please be careful about humor and sarcasm because they may not translate interculturally and are difficult to interpret online.

 

Any course in multicultural communication expects rhetorical sensitivity regarding topics such as gender, ethnicity, race, life-style, marriage and family, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, and culture. 

 

Regarding your course progress, please work out problems with your professor early in the course and in advance of any serious developments. Here are example expectations of the course developer:  http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

1       

Background of Intercultural Communication

Worldviews-Religion

Structure of Our Culture

Chapters 1 & 2

2        

Class Does not Meet

Chapter 3

Definition of Intercultural Communication
Topic Due

3        

Identity

Cultural Values

Theories

Chapters 4 & 5

Cultural Identity

4      

Classs Does not Meet

Chapter 6

Midterm

5     

Nonverbal Comm

Chapter 7

Nonverbal Communication

6      

Communicating Competent Interculturally
        Culture Shock

 Chapter 8 & 11

Strengths and Weaknesses

7      

Research Paper

Chapter 9 & 10 

Core Assessment
Journal

8         

Class Does not Meet
Final Exam

 

Final Exam

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism:
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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 "F".
  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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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