CA529 Cross-Cultural Communication

for U1P 2008

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CA 529 Cross-Cultural Communication


U1P 2008 MC


Noe, J. Mark


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

Office Location

Copley 203

Office Hours

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

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

816-584-6263 (Cathy Boisen, Administrative Assistant)


Semester Dates

June 2 - July 25, 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

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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: Focus 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. Development 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.) Organization 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. Mechanics 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Date Assignment
1 June 2 
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       June 9 
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    June 16
The Color of Water, Chapters 1-10
Summary and discussion
Metatheoretical Paper Due


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


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


Minority Group Experience Paper Due
Discussion and analysis
Cultural perspective presentations
Cultural perspective presentations
Communication Style Paper due


Cultural perspective presentation

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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26


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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26

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 in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 28

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

Core Assessment

Core Assessment Rubric


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