Cross-Cultural Communication

Questions?

  • University College
    202-885-6737
    universitycollege@american.edu
    Anderson, Room 1014

    Wyatt, Jamie J
    Associate Director, University College and Learning Communities

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SISU-140

One section is a Fall Semester Seminar, one section is a Fall Semester Seminar with Spring Research Project and Symposium, GenEd area 3

Cross-Cultural Communication is the largest course taught on the undergraduate level at SIS. This course has a very specific yet complex and rich focus: the study of culture and the many ways culture influences who we are, how we experience the world, and how we exchange information and ideas through modes of communication.

We will examine historically grounded conceptualizations of culture, more recent interpretations of culture and application of the cultural construct. If we are shaped by our communication, we are also shaped by the culture in which we do that communication. Our culture shapes our expectations of others, helps us define what is normal and reasonable, guides the way we think and the ways in which we communicate those thoughts, and alongside other individuals born of the same circumstances, culture is a binding force for our collective identities.  

Throughout this course students will be challenged to think about their own cultural assumptions and explore the ways in which these assumptions differ from those held by people in other cultures.

 

From the Professor- Robert Kelley

How does your University College section of this course differ from a non-University College section?
"The living-learning approach to UC makes it possible for students to spend more time bringing the class to life. Lab meetings extend the course's core value of active learning within an actual intercultural context- Washington!"


How do your Wednesday labs tie into the academic content of your course?

"Labs are chosen to be thematically consistent with weekly themes. Reading, in-class activities, and labs all reinforce each other."



From the Professor- Bram Groen

How does your University College section of this course differ from a non-University College section?

"The academic subject matters taught will be the same in both sections, but this course will emphasize group discussion, ties to current global events, and a direct connection to the Wednesday Labs prior to each course block."


How do your Wednesday labs tie into the academic content of your course?

"The Labs have been designed such that your team will conduct groupwork before the next class, and the team will be asked to develop specific outcomes that will be presented and discussed in the ensuing class."

Meet the professor!

Professor Rob Kelly<br />

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Meet the Professor!

Bram Groen, IMI Adjunct Instructor

Get to know Professor Groen's teaching style and learn about his goals for class

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