Course Number and Title: COM 222 - Intercultural Communication
This course introduces the knowledge and skills required for effective interpersonal communication with diverse populations. Communication models, barriers to effective communication, and techniques for overcoming communication barriers are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on communicating with members of various cultures in a helping environment.
- Analyze the key concepts of intercultural communication. (CCC 3, 5)
- Distinguish among the basic theories used to describe intercultural events. (CCC 2, 3, 5, 6)
- Interpret the practical application of intercultural communication concepts in the helping profession. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
- Assess the impact of society’s economic and political structure on intercultural relationships. (CCC 2, 3, 5, 6)
- Distinguish the historical experiences of the major ethnic groups in the United States. (CCC 1, 3, 5)
- 6. Evaluate the psychological impact of racism, sexism, and societal inequality. (CCC 2, 3, 6)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Analyze the key concepts of intercultural communication.
- Define intercultural communication and related concepts.
- Assess the relationship of key concepts on human experience.
- Distinguish among the basic theories used to describe intercultural events.
- Define and analyze nonverbal communication patterns.
- Characterize social perception and its influence on intercultural communication.
- Explain the relationship between interpersonal communication and intercultural communication.
- Describe obstacles to intercultural communication and competence.
- Interpret the practical application of intercultural communication concepts in the helping profession.
- Differentiate between high context and low context cultures.
- Discuss how a culture’s worldview and values affect communication.
- Describe the cultural adaptation and acculturation processes.
- Evaluate methods of intercultural effectiveness.
- Assess the impact of society’s economic and political structure on intercultural relationships.
- Describe the impact of society’s economic power structure on cultural relationships and distribution of power.
- Analyze the socio-political and economic relationships of the different cultural groups.
- Distinguish the historical experiences of the major ethnic groups in the United States.
- Outline and trace the historical experiences of various ethnic groups.
- Describe the impact of American society’s socio-political history and economic structure among the various cultural groups.
- Assess the impact of language and education on culture.
- Evaluate the psychological impact of racism, sexism, and societal inequality.
- Describe the psychological impact of racism on various ethnic groups.
- Assess the impact of gender stereotypes on social inequality.
- Examine the social and psychological impact of marginalization on social groups.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.