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Course Syllabus


Revision Date: 02-Apr-24
 

Fall 2024 | COM-1030-VO02 - Intercultural Communication


Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (0). Please contact your nearest center for availability.

Faculty

Katherine Maynard
View Faculty Credentials
View Faculty Statement
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ashraf Alamatouri

General Education Requirements


This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
CCV Communication
    Note
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course examines the role that culture plays in the human communication process. Students will examine the various dimensions of communication in a culturally diverse society, including those in interpersonal, small group, organizational and mass media. Students will explore both the theories of intercultural communication and the verbal and nonverbal applications associated with becoming a competent and effective communicator.


Essential Objectives

1. Describe the central role that culture plays in all forms of communication and the important theories that provide the framework for understanding this field.
2. Explore the many factors that influence communication patterns within and across cultures, including those of race, class, gender, religion, age, abilities and sexual orientation.
3. Identify and reflect on cultural values that influence an individual’s perception and communication.
4. Interpret the social construction of verbal and nonverbal language, culture, and symbols.
5. Demonstrate communication competence through the awareness of intercultural dynamics and the effective application of verbal and nonverbal skills.
6. Prepare a formal presentation that demonstrates proficiency using the CCV Oral Communication Rubric.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

COM-1030-VO02 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


Methods

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS:

This class meets online. It is highly participatory, with many hands-on exercises and activities. I typically include the following in my approach:

  1. Weekly Online discussion forums
  2. Assignments & Learning Activities
  3. Instructor Lecture/Demonstration Videos.
  4. Skill Exercises that you can do with a friend or family member
  5. Short "Engagement" papers (designed to foster deeper personal reflection on concepts under review)
  6. Links to Films and video clips
  7. Self-Assessments
  8. Weekly Online Chapter Quizzes - note that these are un-timed, open book, and you get two tries. The highest score prevails.
  9. A short oral report: A Cultural Research paper and presentation.

Evaluation Criteria

D. Criteria and Methods for Evaluating Students:

a). Class Participation: This score considers your substantive and thoughtful participation in online discussions and Module activities.

b). Quizzes

  • Quizzes measure students’ basic comprehension, understanding, and application of selected theories and concepts introduced in Chapters in the text, lectures, and discussions. They are intended to measure knowledge and skill application across all the course learning objectives.
  • Expect weekly Quizzes - to be completed online within the deadlines.
  • Missed quizzes may not be made up. I drop the two lowest quiz grades.

c). "Learning Activities" & Engagements. These assignments help assess students' knowledge and skills about specific subject areas, and prompt students to self-evaluate and apply course concepts to daily life situations.

d). You will submit a short research paper focused on a non-western culture of your choice - details are provided in CANVAS under DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENTS

e). Oral Presentation. There will be one graded assignment focused on your area of research, in which you will share your findings. Each student will make a BRIEF presentation about your chosen culture. You will make a video recording of your presentation to upload into CANVAS using YUJA or a similar recording program.

f). A limited number of extra-credit assignments will also be available.

All assignments will receive a numerical raw score. Final letter grades will be based on your cumulative total out of 1000 total possible points.


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

CCV Community College of Vermont – Fall 2024

SYLLABUS (Preliminary)* for COM-1030-VO02

Intercultural Communication

Instructor: Kate Maynard, MS, MA Katherine.Maynard@ccv.edu

*The Instructor retains the right to revise the syllabus to ensure learning objectives are adequately met.

Please check CANVAS and your CCV email regularly for class announcements and course content.

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND PEACEBUILDING BASICS

Week #1

Introduction to the Course, Course Description, Texts, & Syllabus

  

Primary course textbook: Intercultural Communication: A Peacebuilding Perspective, Remland, Jones, Foeman, Arevalo, Waveland Press, Long Grove, IL, SECOND EDITION, 2024. ISBN-978-1-4786-4937-3

Chap. 1 Intercultural Communication in the Global Community

  

CAVEAT: Enrolled students - Do NOT rely on the assignments listed in this syllabus to plan your work, as weekly assignments are subject to change, based on student progress.

ALWAYS consult the list provided at the top of each week's MODULE in CANVAS for the MOST UP-TO-DATE list of assignments. (I had to post this in Spring 2024, so this is an estimate of how assignments will proceed.) In general, you can expect it to look something like this list:

  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
  • Study Chapter 1
  • Participate fully in this week's Discussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • Complete any Learning Activity assigned
  • Take the ONLINE quiz on Chapter 1 in CANVAS before the start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)
  • Look over & start ENGAGEMENT # 1.
 

2

Week #2

Chap. 2 A Peacebuilding View of Intercultural Communication

Ethics in Communication

  

PRIMARY Text & Resources in CANVAS

  

  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
  • Study Chapter 2
  • Participate in this week's Discussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • Complete any Learning Activity assigned
  • Take the ONLINE quiz on Chapter 2 in CANVAS before the start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)-
  • Complete ENGAGEMENT # 1. (This one is required for everyone)
 

3

Introducing ELEMENTS OF INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Week #3

Chap. 3 Cultural Identity

  

Chap. 3 Cultural Identity

  

o Review all articles and links on CANVAS

o Study Chapters 3

o Complete any Learning Activity assigned

o Take ONLINE QUIZ on Chapters 3 in CANVAS by Monday, 11:59 pm

o Participate in this week's Discussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!

o Finish Engagement #1

 

4

Week #4

Chap. 4 Cultural Frames of Reference

  

Chapter 5 in Text, Materials in Canvas

  

o Review all articles and links on CANVAS

o Study Chapter 4

o Take ONLINE QUIZ on Chapters 4 in CANVAS by Monday, 11:59 pm

o Participate in this week'sDiscussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!

o Complete any Learning Activity assigned

  • If you have chosen to do it, begin Engagement #2.

 

5

Week #5

CHAP. 5 CULTURE AND EMOTIONS

  

CHAPTER 5 & MATERIALS IN CANVAS

  

o Review all articles and links on CANVAS

o Study Chapter 5

o Take ONLINE QUIZ on Chapter 5 in CANVAS before start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)

o Participate in this week'sDiscussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!

o Complete any Learning Activity assigned

  • If you have chosen to do it, work on Engagement #2
  • If you have chosen to do it, start Engagement #3
 

6

Week# 6

CHAP. 6 CULTURE AND NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION

  

CHAPTER 6 & MATERIALS IN CANVAS

  

  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
  • Study Chapter 6
  • Take ONLINE Quiz on Chapter 6 in CANVAS before start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)
  • Participate in this week's Discussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • Complete any Learning Activity assigned

§ If you have chosen to do it, finish Engagement #2, due this week

§ If you have chosen to do it, start Engagement #3

  • REVIEW all the information provided about the CULTURAL RESEARCH PAPER. It's time to identify a few possible cultures for this paper. You will soon need to submit a FORMAL PROPOSAL to me.
 

7

Week #7

CHAP. 7 CULTURE AND VERBAL COMMUNICATION

INTRODUCING THE CULTURAL RESEARCH PROJECT

  

CHAPTER 7 & MATERIALS IN CANVAS

  

ASSIGNMENTS

  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
    • If you have chosen to do it, finish Engagement #3
  • Study Chapter 7
  • Take ONLINE Quiz on Chapter 7 in CANVAS before start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)
  • Participate in this week's Discussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • Complete any Learning Activity assigned
  • Review directions for the Cultural Research Project and identify any questions for me
  • Submit your Cultural Research Proposal, with your top three (3) choices this week. I’ll confirm your research topic by next week.
 

8

Week #8

CHAP. 8 – INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND FRIENDSHIP

  

CHAPTER 8 AND MATERIALS ON CANVAS

  

ASSIGNMENTS

  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
  • Study Chapter 8
  • Take ONLINE Quiz on Chapter 8 in CANVAS before start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)Participate in this week's Discussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • Complete any Learning Activity assigned

§ If you have chosen to do it, start work on Engagement #4.

  • Once your Cultural Research Proposal topic is confirmed, you should begin your research topic.
 

9

Week #9

CHAP. 9 - I.C. IN THE FAMILY

  

CHAPTER 9 AND MATERIALS ON CANVAS

  

ASSIGNMENTS

  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
    • If you have chosen to do it, work on Engagement #4.
  • Study Chapter 9
  • Take ONLINE Quiz on Chapter 9 in CANVAS before the start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)
  • Participate in this week's Discussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • Complete any Learning Activity assigned
  • Be working on your Cultural Research Paper & Bibliography.
 

10

Week #10

CHAP. 10 – I.C. IN THE CLASSROOM

  

CHAPTER 10 AND MATERIALS IN CANVAS

  

ASSIGNMENTS

  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
    • If you have chosen to do it, finish Engagement #4.
    • If you have chosen to do it, start work on Engagement #5.
  • Study Chapter 10
  • Take ONLINE Quiz on Chapter 10 in CANVAS before start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)
  • Participate in this week's Discussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • Complete any Learning Activity assigned

§ If you have chosen to do it, keep working on Engagement #4.

§ If you have chosen to do it, start work on Engagement #5.

  • Keep working on your Cultural Research Paper & Bibliography.
 

11

Week #11

CHAP. 11 – I.C. IN THE WORKPLACE

  

CHAPTER 11 AND MATERIALS IN CANVAS

  

ASSIGNMENTS

  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
  • Study Chapter 11
  • Take ONLINE Quiz on Chapter 11 in CANVAS before start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)
  • Participate in this week'sDiscussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • Complete any Learning Activity assigned

§ If you have chosen to do it, start work on Engagement #5.

  • Keep working on your Cultural Research Paper & Bibliography.
 

12

Week #12

CHAP. 12 – I.C. IN THE MEDIA

  

CHAPTER 12 AND MATERIALS IN CANVAS

  

  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
  • Study Chapter 12
  • Take ONLINE quiz on Chapter 10 in CANVAS before start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)
  • Participate in this week'sDiscussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • Complete any Learning Activity assigned
    • If you have chosen to do it, keep working on Engagement #5.
  • Keep working on your Cultural Research Paper and Bibliography.
 

13

Week #13

CHAP. 13 – I.C. AND THE SOJOURN EXPERIENCE

  

CHAPTER 13 AND MATERIALS IN CANVAS

  

o Review all articles and links on CANVAS

o Participate in this week's Discussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!

o Finish your Cultural Research Paper and Bibliography. Due by the end of this week.

o Create your video presentation about your research.

  • If you are in Group A, Upload your recorded presentation summarizing your research before the start of week #14.

o Start work on Engagement #6. Everyone is required to do this one.

  • Study Chapter 13
  • Take ONLINE Quiz on Chapter 13 in CANVAS before the start of next week (by Monday, 11:59 pm)
 

14

Week #14

MOVING TOWARD MULTICULTURALISM

  

MATERIALS IN CANVAS, INCLUDING VIDEOS

  

  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
  • If you are in Group B, Upload your recorded presentation summarizing your research before the start of week #15.
  • Participate in this week'sDiscussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • No Quiz, and no Chapter to read this week. The quizzes are all done! Hurrah!
  • Keep working on Engagement #5. Everyone is required to do this one.
 

15

Week #15

FINAL CLASS WRAPPING IT UP: PEACE BUILDING & MULTICULTURALISM

Sharing our Cultural Reports (informal -highlights)

  

MATERIALS ON CANVAS AND STUDENT RESERACH SUMMARIES

  

Week #15 –

FINAL CLASS WRAPPING IT UP: PEACE BUILDING & MULTICULTURALISM

Sharing our Cultural Reports

ASSIGNMENTS

  • Participate in this week's Discussion Forum. Note the intermittent deadlines!
  • Review all articles and links on CANVAS
  • Complete CCV’s COURSE EVALUATION, please!
 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.


Participation Expectations

ATTENDANCE:

We will "meet" online, using CANVAS as our learning platform. There will be links in each week's CANVAS module directing you to things toRead/Watch/Listenwith specific assignments to complete each week.

1. For this course to be a successful learning experience for you and others, active participation in our Discussion FORUM is essential. See the section below on Participation Expectations.

2. According to CCV's attendance policies for online courses, to be counted as "Present" for the week, you must complete at least one assignment or activity in that week's Module. However, this alone will not earn you full points for that week.

3. If circumstances require you to miss, two absences are permissible. Not participating inthree weeksputs a student at risk of a lowered final grade or even failing the course. Not participating in four weeks usually results in an automatic fail barring extremely unusual circumstances.

4. Please complete and upload assignments and quizzes on time and in the format as directed.

5. Please review the expectations for creating a positive learning experience in our first Module.

Student Responsibilities:

Students should regularly participate in online class discussions.

At all times, work to ensure everyone can be heard and treated respectfully.

Expectations for creating a positive classroom experience.

Generally consider these guidelines:

Full participation requires active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. The following habits and skills are important. You'll also be able to self-assess and receive instructor feedback throughout the semester.

  • Complete all of the week's reading and assignments for each week.
  • Engage with the material and others with an open mind.
  • Positively contribute to class online discussions. Practice civil discourse.
  • Ask questions of the instructor and seek help when you need it.
  • Challenge yourself to do your best work.
  • Have fun!


Missing & Late Work Policy

MISSING AND LATE WORK POLICIES

FAQs: Policy on late assignments

Q: Do you take homework late?

A. There are some assignments I will take late and some I won't.

Assignments that I won't take late (I.e. once the submission link closes) include:

1. Quizzes - Reason: Completing the weekly chapter reading constitutes preparation for our Discussion Forum conversations. Quizzes are intended to motivate you to stay current with Module materials and the chapter assigned. Reminder: I drop the two lowest quiz scores.

2. Discussion Forums -Discussions online are by definition interactive conversations between classmates. These happen within a given Module week. Trying to do discussions "late" is like walking into an empty classroom after everyone else has left and trying to "have a discussion". You can see why this doesn't fly.

EXCEPT IN VERY EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES - alien abduction, etc. - I don't take work that is more than two weeks late.

REASON: I'd rather you focus on trying to stay current with us. Just cut your losses and move on.

So unless your situation is truly extreme, don't ask for a further extension.

Assignments that I can take Late:

Some assignments do allow for late submission up to two weeks after the due date. Late submissions are subject to standard point deductions as follows:

  • Deductions:
    • An assignment turned in within the first week after the due date will lose 15% of possible points
    • An assignment turned in within the second week after the due date will lose 30% of possible points.
    • IMPORTANT: if you think you will miss the due date, but the link is still available, as long as the assignment parameters allow for late submission, you don't need to ask my permission. Just plan to accept the standard point deduction.

HOW CAN I TELL IF I CAN STILL SUBMIT AN ASSIGNMENT LATE?

You can tell if work can be submitted late by looking at the Availability Dates at the bottom of the assignment. For example, in the case of Engagement #1, at the bottom of the assignment description, once you open it, it shows this:

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  • This shows that the regular due date is Feb. 13, 11:59 pm.
  • However, the link stays open for submissions between Jan. 31 and Feb. 27, at 11:59 pm.
  • Once that final date of Feb. 27 passes, you can no longer submit that assignment.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:


CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.


Academic Integrity


CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.