Course Syllabus
Course Name Intercultural Communication (Course No:52076)
Category Cultural Competence
Year Taken First or Second Year
Offered Major/ Type of Course All Major / Elective
Number of Credits 2
Number of Classes 16
Professor Takashi Kosaka
Email : takashi.k@babel.edu
Course Description Learn an overview of intercultural communication by referring to both sides, widely researched theories, and issues likely to be faced in the real world. Discuss the process from encountering a foreign culture to re-discovering one's own culture. Introduce conventional theories as well as the evolution of modern intercultural communication.
Course Policy Attendance : Enter the course with password.
Netiquette : Refer to the Netiquette Policy in the Student Handbook.
Student with special needs : Refer to the Students with Disabilities and Accommodation Policy in the Student Handbook.
Academic Honesty : Refer to the Student integrity and Academic Honesty Policy in the Student Handbook.
Honor Code : Refer to the Honor Code Policy in the Student Handbook.
Course Objective (Goal) Understand the importance of intercultural communication. Gain knowledge of theories and practices of intercultural communication. Learn to think about practical issues from an intercultural perspective.
Learning Outcome Provide clients with higher quality translation by having a deeper understanding of multiple cultural perspectives, and by acquiring knowledge of and becoming familiar with theories and practices of intercultural communication.
Course Progression 1. Read the relevant pages in core textbook
2. Listen to audio lecture and gain a better understanding of the core material and lecture notes
3. Submit assignment and check degree of acquisition
4. Use the Q&A for any queries
Course Text "Intercultural Communication A to Z" (2007) by Takashi Kosaka, Kenkyusha
Online lecture notes
*Authored by Professor
* Revised in November 2012
Course Outline There will be 16 lectures as below. Follow the instructions in the course guide to progress through the course. The below are the details.

1. Read the assigned pages in the textbook before listening to the lecture, and understand the outline on the topic
2. Referring to lecture notes, listen to audio lecture
3. Submit assignment in each lecture to check the level of your understanding on the topic
4. Using the answers to the assignment, review the topic for each lecture

Lecture Course Title Key Points
Lecture 1 Communication and Culture (pp.2-20) 1. Understand (intercultural) communication
2. Understand the meaning of culture in intercultural communication
3. Understand intercultural communication studies
Lecture 2 Basic Factors
1. Know the basic factors in intercultural communication
2. Understand the "meta"theory related to intercultural communication
Lecture 3 Critical Incident 1. Understand critical incident
2. Learn to create critical incident
Lecture 4 Encountering Foreign Culture I
(Culture Shock, Uncertainty Reduction)
1. Know the importance of a "trifle"
2. Understand culture shock
3. Understand importance of managing uncertainty
Lecture 5 Encountering Foreign Culture II
(Adapting to Foreign Culture)
1. Know process of adapting to foreign culture
2. Understanding difference between U curve and W curve
Lecture 6 Comparing Foreign Culture I
(Cultural Transformation)
1. Understand "cultural transformation" (p.12)
2. Know advantages and disadvantages of "cultural transformation"
Lecture 7 Comparing Foreign Culture II
(Identity, High and Low Context, Restricted and Elaborated Code)
1. Understand reason behind how application of self-understanding began
2. Know high and low context
3. Know restricted and elaborated context
Lecture 8 Verbal Communication I
(Language) (pp.93-99)
1. Understand linguistic relativity
2. Understand significance of speech
3. Understand significance of the principle of communication
Lecture 9 Verbal Communication II
1. Know conversational constraints theory
2. Understand different conversational style
Lecture 10 Non-verbal Communication I
1. Know different ways of using space
2. Know different ways of using time
3. Understand communication accommodation theory
Lecture 11 Intercultural Business Communication I (Negotiation and Agreement) 1. Understand basics to negotiation
2. Know face negotiation theory
3. Know the importance of conflict
Lecture 12 Intercultural Business Communication II (Management of Foreign Representative)
(pp. 146-152)
1. Know about foreign representation
2. Understand cross-cultural management by foreign representative
Lecture 13 Cross-cultural Business Training
1. Understand overview of cross-cultural business training
2. Understand structure of cross-cultural business training
3. Know difficulties of Japanese in language training
Lecture 14 Intercultural Communication Philosophy (pp. 194-223) 1. Understand background of how the philosophy came about
2. Understand outline of dialog theory
3. Know characteristics of Asian communication
Lecture 15 Translation & Interpretation I (History of Meaning) 1. Know origin of multilinguism
2. Understand transition in comprehension of meaning
Lecture 16 Translation & Interpretation II (Misunderstanding & Mistranslation) 1. Understand importance of misunderstanding and mistranslation
2. Indicate examples of mistranslation and infer how it leads to an error
Grade Evaluation and Course Requirement Number of Assignments: 16 (All 16 assignments are required)

There will be no final exam for this course.
Grades will be evaluated on the scores of the assignments from grades A to F.
Grade Score
A 85 - 100
B 70 - 84
C 60 - 69
D 50 - 59
F 49 and under
Submission papers will be returned with the evaluation sheet, which states evaluation marking and comments as well as corrections with rubrics.

*Minimum Course Requirement: B or above
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