This course will offer, according to the framework of intercultural communication “foundations —awareness—processes—competence and strategies —contexts”, guidelines on the following topics:
l Foundations of intercultural communication: Help students understand the basic concepts and fundamental principles of culture, communication, intercultural communication.
l Awareness of intercultural communication: Promote students to build open, mindful, flexible and tolerant awareness in intercultural communication; Highlighting the importance of deep structures of culture, and guide students to understand the dynamics of family, the histories of certain nations, and the features and functions of six major religious traditions; Help identify the difference and roles of diverse cultural patterns, such as individual cultures vs. collective cultures, hierarchical cultures vs democratic cultures, high context cultures vs low context cultures, and linear time cultures vs flexible time cultures vs cyclical time cultures.
l Processes of intercultural communication: Enhance students’ understanding of the importance and cultural variations of verbal and nonverbal intercultural communication; acquaint them with the basic strategies of organizing various messages, the ways to interpret nonverbal communication, and the etiquettes and taboos in contact with people from different cultures.
l Context of intercultural communication: Explore the important tips and related skills in making intercultural communication in the business and educational settings.