A World of Difference: Exploring Intercultural Communication

A brief introduction to the theory, research and practice of intercultural communication
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (2,013 ratings)
19,220 students
A World of Difference: Exploring Intercultural Communication
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (2,013 ratings)
19,226 students
By the end of this course, you should be able to explain the importance of studying intercultural communication.
By the end of this course, you should be able to Identify the basic building block of culture and note examples of each.
By the end of this course, you should be able to apply Hofstede's Cultural Taxonomies and Kluckhohn & Strodtbeck's Cultural Patterns in exploring how culture can be viewed and understood.

Requirements

  • You will not need any special supplies to begin the course. Additional readings are suggested as part of the class.
Description

This course will introduce you to general themes, issues and perspectives associated with the study of intercultural communication. In exploring these issues, the presenters provide a brief introduction to the topic, a basic examination of important themes of culture and communication, two frameworks for viewing culture and examples from the presenters' research and life experience. We hope this project serves as a catalyst for thought and discussion regarding the challenges and opportunities associated with living in a diverse world.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is intended for people at all levels.
Curriculum
4 sections • 10 lectures • 1h 6m total length
  • Why Study Intercultural Communication?
  • Introducing your instructors
  • Communication and Culture
  • The Miniature Earth
  • Section 1 quiz
  • Cultural Building Blocks: Part 1
  • Cultural Building Blocks: Part 2
  • Section 2 quiz
  • Introducing Hofstede's Cultural Taxonomies
  • Applying Hofstede's Taxonomies
  • Kluckhohn & Strodtbeck's Cultural Patterns
  • Section 3 quiz
  • Continuing the Conversation

Instructors
Professor of Communication Studies
Philip Thompsen
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Philip A. Thompsen, Ph.D. holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Thompsen is a scholar of media and communication technology. His scholarship has been published in a variety of formats, including book chapters, journal articles, conference proceedings, convention papers, panel presentations and various online resources. Scholarly journals that have published his articles include The Electronic Journal of CommunicationComputers in Human BehaviorEt Cetera: A Review of General SemanticsFeedback and The Pennsylvania Communication Annual

Bessie Lawton
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Dr. Bessie Lee Lawton received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication. She received her BA and MA in Communication from the University of the Philippines. She is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are intercultural communication, identity issues, communication and power, and basic course issues.

Anita Foeman
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Anita Foeman received her PhD from Temple University in 1982 with a focus on organizational communication.  She has been a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University since that time.  Her work examines diversity in organizations, in public speaking, and in interpersonal communication as well as identity issues for multiracial people and families.  Her co-authored work on the stages of development in interracial relationships (1999) continues to be used as a template for research in the field.  Her most recent work considers the relationship between DNA ancestral data and the social construction of racial identity.  

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