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COMM 271 - Study Abroad: Communication

3 Credit: (1 lecture, 2 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours:

This short-term study abroad course allows students to experience other countries, developing a sense of diversity, cultural perspective, and regional awareness. Prior to departure, students will engage in general and discipline specific preparation. COMM271 students will explore the field of communication within the context of the host country. Students will explore differences and commonalities between the United States and country(ies) visited through observation and participation in structured activities while in the host country. Upon returning, students will reflect on the impact and value of the study abroad experience. 
OFFERED: summer semesters

Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1:  Demonstrate knowledge of the host country. 

  1. Define shared components of cultures.
  2. Recognize the various aspects of host country’s values. 
  3. Examine subcultures of the host country. 
  4. Explain the influence of culture on human behavior and communication. 

Goal 2:  Engage as a global citizen. 

  1. Participate in various cultural activities. 
  2. Describe differences and commonalities. 
  3. Demonstrate appreciation of the host country’s life ways. 

Goal 3:  Relate study abroad experience into one’s personal and professional life. 

  1. Articulate the value of study abroad experience.
  2. Reflect on one’s own cultural identity.
  3. Express the impact on your world view. 

Goal 4:  Explore intercultural communication within the context of the host country.

  1. Define implicit and explicit communication guidelines of host country.
  2. Develop an intercultural practice that translates knowledge into moment-to-moment competence.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate adaption while engaging in conversations with community members from the host country.
  4. Demonstrate ability to recognize and bridge cultural gaps.
  5. Articulate self-awareness, particularly cultural self-awareness.

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