COMM 2320 Introduction to Cross Cultural Communication

Professor: Dr. Ecarma Phone: (864) 977-7139
Office: MC108 E-mail:

Text: Hall, B. Among cultures: The challenge of communication. Belmont, CA: Thomson.

Recommended Materials:

1. Belz, J. ed.. World. Asheville, NC [subscription order: (800) 951-6397 or e-mail or visit website @].
2. Electronic storage, e-mail account, access to the Internet and computer to type assignments.

Course Description: According to the NGU catalog, this course is “[t]he study of cultural roles in diverse cultures including such events as story-telling, rites, and community rituals. Domestic and international cultures will be investigated.”

Course Objectives

Students will be able to:
• Understand the biblical basis of nations and cultures and the value of each human being;
• Differentiate the various types of cultures under the umbrella of one human race;
• Understand the diversity and unity of human cultures;
• Distinguish the various world views regarding explanations differing cultures and communication;
• Recognize the cultures within the United State and beyond;
• Explain the components of the intercultural communication process;
• Explain the process of transmitting intercultural message
• Achieve, in various degrees, competence in intercultural communication.

Grading: 2 Tests (100 points each) 200 points A = 540-600
3 Papers (100 points each; criteria TBA) 150 points B = 480-539
Final paper/presentation 200 points C = 420-479
Quiz 50 points D = 360-419
Total 600 points F = 359 or less

Expectations for students:

1. Meet deadlines: All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date due. Late papers will receive one letter grade penalty for each day late. If a student is late for class more than 10 minutes on the date an assignment is due, that assignment will be marked as late.
2. Read assigned reading: Students should read the assigned reading before the class listed in order to be ready to discuss the material in class. Students should be ready to respond when called upon in class. If a student is consistently unprepared for class, they may receive a deduction from their participation grade in class.
3. Arrive on time for class: See attendance policies below.
4. Participate in discussion: Every student arrives in class with a different background and knowledge of different cultural practices. We will all benefit from a full, open discussion of any observations, comments or questions you may have.

Attendance Policies:

Students are expected to attend all classes. Only college-sponsored or medical emergency absences will be excused. All cell phones and pagers need to be turned off before entering class. Leaving class to answer either will be considered an unexcused absence. You will not be allowed to make up assignments missed during an unexcused absence. In accordance with the college’s XF policy, you will be dropped from the class after four unexcused absences.
If you must miss a class, please let me know PRIOR to the class period to be missed. The only way you will be excused is by emailing me of your pending absence and a doctor’s note or letter from your college activity sponsor upon your return. Failure to notify me by email prior to the absence will constitute an unexcused absence. Please do not phone me; only email is acceptable.

We will begin class promptly. Do not come to class late. Walking into class late is disruptive; be courteous. Coming to class late or leaving early will be counted as an absence for the entire class period. If you are absent or tardy for any reason, you are responsible for the material covered and any announcements made while you were gone.
Academic Integrity: Violations of the Student Conduct Code such as cheating plagiarism will result in sanctions deemed appropriate for the offense. Possible sanctions include:
1. Assignment failures: a grade of “zero” for the assignment involved.
2. Course failure: a grade of “F” for the course in which the offense occurred.
3. Forced withdrawal: withdrawal without credit from the college for a period of one semester.
4. Expulsion: termination of student status for an indefinite period of time.
5. Overall, apply biblical, Christian and ethical standards in all that you do.
Portfolio Statement
Work in this class can be used for inclusion in a portfolio (required in MCOM 4190 – Mass Media Capstone) and for a prospective employer or graduate school.

Format of Papers: Papers are to be stapled. Do not put papers in binders, report folders or paper clips. Document all sources using APA style (manuals should be available in the library or at a bookstore). Grading will include grammar, spelling and punctuation.
All papers turned in for a grade should be typed and proofread with any errors corrected. Double space, type on one side of the page only and number each page. Use 1-inch margins around the page and 12-point type. The title page should be the first page of the paper and labeled with the following information centered each vertically on the page: name, assignment title, Introduction to Cross Cultural Communication, Fall, Year. Sample Assignment Page Heading: John Doe
Assignment 1
Date Due: Month/Day/Year
COM 2320 Intro to Cross Cultural Communication

Finally, your paper should follow the written criteria that are to be handed out in class or attached to the syllabus.

Learning Disabilities: Any student having an identified learning disability or other handicap that might affect academic performance should complete the form available in the Learning Disabilities Liaison Office. Instructors who suspect that a student has a disability should advise the liaison’s office in Foster Student Center.

What is the ultimate purpose of each student? To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
How? Based on the Bible and through Christ, “do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt

Tentative Class Schedule (professor reserves the right to change the syllabus and schedule)

Date Class Information Reading/Assignment
Wk 1 Introduction Distribute syllabus & handouts
Wk 2 Current Events, Biblical History Read handouts; Recommend World
Special Activity
Wk 3 U.S.History and Constitution Read World Magazine about other cultures
Quiz #1 overU.S.History/Culture Chapter 1; Review World magazine
Wk 4 Ch. 1 What is meant by Intercultural Communication? Review World magazine
Continued Chapter 2
Wk 5 What is meant the relationship between comm and culture?
Continued Chapter 3
Wk 6 Ch. 3 How can we learn about our own & others’ cultures?
Ch. 3 How can we learn about our own & others’ cultures?
Wk 7 Missionaries speak  about Islam, Buddhism or other religion(s)
Review for Exam
Wk 8 Exam #1
Special Activity
Wk 9 Movie: Not Without My Daughter (Discuss Paper #1 on a different culture: history, religion, traditions, ways of communication): Paper #2  3 pg paper on movie
Wk 10 Finish Movie (Assignment #2: Discuss religious influence, right & wrong, rights)
Paper #1 due; discuss
Wk 11 

Wk 12

Paper #2 due; discussSpecial Activity

Discuss Chapter 4

Chapter 4

Chapter 8

Discuss Chapter 4Discuss Chapter 8: How is culture related to our identities?

Discuss final paper & presentation (including Interview based on criteria and in relation to chapter 4, 8, 9 (5 pages)

Chapter 8
Wk 13 How can we manage conflict in intercultural settings?Discuss final paper & pres. again Chapter 9
Movie: Black Hawk Down
Wk 14 Movie: Black Hawk DownAssignment #3 Describe the Somali culture, how it relates to their identity and how they deal with conflicts. Chapter 9
How can we succeed in our intercultural travels? Review World magazine  Chapter 9
Wk 15 How can we succeed in our intercultural travels?Paper #3 due; discuss
Paper and Presentations; Exam review
Wk 16 Paper and Presentations; Exam Review
Final TBA

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