Course Number and Title: SSC 114 Cultural Awareness in a Diverse Society
In this course, students explore diversity and cross-cultural communication to comprehend and appreciate cultural differences in today’s global society. Students discuss and identify skills and strategies for interacting with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and apply successful strategies for cross-cultural communication in both a personal and professional context.
- Describe diversity and the characteristics of various diverse groups. (CCC 1, 3)
- Discuss how culture and cultural intelligence impact interaction among diverse groups. (CCC 1, 3)
- Examine principles, benefits, and barriers of cross-cultural communication and how they affect behavior. (CCC 1, 3, 4)
- Describe globalization and its impact on society. (CCC 3)
- Demonstrate strategies for communicating, managing, and negotiating in a cross-cultural setting (CCC 2, 3).
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:
- Describe diversity and the characteristics of various diverse groups.
- Define diversity, and explain its key components.
- Explain how diversity promotes self-awareness.
- Discuss how culture and cultural intelligence impact interaction among diverse groups.
- Define cultural intelligence.
- Identify the characteristics of culture.
- Explain variables that might impact cross-cultural interaction and communication.
- Explore the way that diversity deepens learning and stimulates critical and creative thinking.
- Examine principles, benefits, and barriers of cross-cultural communication and how they affect behavior.
- Discuss how cross-cultural differences (e.g., gender, race, sexual orientation, abilities, and nationality) impact societal roles.
- Identify barriers to effective cross-cultural communication.
- Explain how cross-cultural differences influence one’s approach to leadership and teamwork.
- Describe globalization and its impact on society.
- Define globalization, and discuss its key components.
- Give examples of globalization’s impact on today’s society.
- Identify how globalization impacts trends in related career fields.
- Explain what it means to be a global citizen.
- Demonstrate strategies for communicating, managing, and negotiating in a cross-cultural setting.
- Develop self-awareness to strengthen interpersonal and communication skills.
- Use critical thinking skills to identify solutions to common issues amongst diverse groups.
- Use current technology to enhance cross-cultural communication.
- Cultivate an action plan to infuse diversity into daily life.
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.