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SCM 499_599

  1. 1. Intercultural Communication (SCM499/599)Dr. Charles H. Tardy Phone: 601-266-4278The University of Southern Mississippi Fax: 601-266-4275118 College Drive #5131 E-mail: charles.tardy@usm.eduHattiesburg, MS 39406-0001 http: // CourseThis course explores the impact of culture on humancommunication by examining the patterns of verbaland nonverbal communication that are exhibited bysocial, cultural, and ethnic groups of Great Britain.Course objectives include: 1) increasing students’awareness of communication practices, norms, andrituals evident in London and Great Britain; and,2)enhancing students’ understanding of key conceptsand theories pertinent to intercultural communication.I select, coordinate, and integrate all topics, speakers,assignments, and activities. British faculty lecture,assign some readings, and direct out-of-classactivities. Students will spend more time on field Assignmentstrips and other out-of-class activities than sitting inclassrooms. Plans include two walking tours, Journal (30%). Students must write an account (250attending a session of the House of Commons, words) of the speaker/activity/reading for each majorobserving social interaction in markets and parks, unit of the course. These will be turned in weekly.viewing a criminal trial at the Old Bailey, watchingan improvisational performance at the Comedy Store, Exam (20%). A final essay exam will assess studentand a trip or two outside of London. understanding of assigned readings, lectures, and topics covered in class.Details, including photos, reading lists, anddescriptions of daily schedules, from previous classes Paper (50%). A 10-20 page paper based on researchcan be found at the course web site: http: conducted in London will be due September Attendance. Students are required to attend all class meetings Graduate Credit Graduate students have additional readings and are required to engage in additional meetings with the instructor each week to plan and conduct a cross- cultural research project. All assignments are adapted for the student’s educational background.
  2. 2. Tentative Course Schedule This is for illustrative purposes only. Specific topics, activities, and dates are subject to change. Accompanying reading assignments used in past years may be found at the course website: http: 6 Depart USA 23 Field trip to English-Speaking Union 7 Arrive London; first class meeting 24 Field trip 8 Program orientation 25 Field trip 26 Free 9 Social Psychology of Language: pm London Alive 27 Free10 Language, field work; pm London Alive 28 Free11 Language, conclusion; pm London Alive 29 Free12 Field trip to House of Commons13 Free 30 Free14 Free (Optional trip to Cantebury/Dover) 31 Communication in the Courtroom (Old Bailey)15 Free (Optional trip to Sailsbury/Stonehenge) August 1 Intergenerational Communication:16 Social Interaction in Public Spaces: 2 Communication in Ancient Civilizations (British Museum)17 Detecting Deception: 3 Classroom session; Student conferences, pm.18 Humor; lecture; Comedy Store; 4 Examination day; pm free19 humor field observations 5 Depart London for USA20 Free21 Free22 Depart London for Edinburgh If a student has a disability that qualifies under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for information on appropriate policies and procedures. Disabilities covered by ADA may include learning, psychiatric, physical disabilities, or chronic health disorders. Students can contact ODA if they are not certain whether a medical condition/disability qualifies. Address: The University of Southern Mississippi Office for Disability Accommodations 118 College Drive # 8586 Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001 Voice Telephone: (601) 266-5024 or (228) 214-3232 Fax: (601) 266-6035 Individuals with hearing impairments can contact ODA using the Mississippi Relay Service at 1-800-582-2233 (TTY) or email Suzy Hebert at