Introduction to Intercultural Communication
12 credits and Communications 110 or 130
An exploration of communication behavior focusing primarily on the nonverbal dimension of interpersonal communication and emphasizing its cultural implications and its deployment in mass mediated communications. Topics include the relationship of spoken language to nonverbal communication, human versus animal communications, facial expression, body language, gesture, dress and environment. Three frames of reference will guide our examination of these topics: how “face-to-face” interaction between individuals constructs cultural templates; how cultural “texts” and “contexts” mediate the relationship between individuals and societies in cross cultural communications; how actors, politicians, ad makers and other media producers deploy theatrical and technical strategies of interpersonal/nonverbal communication to generate transnational ideas.