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Introduction to Cultures

LLCU 111/3.0

This course offers an overview of the theoretical framework behind the study of intercultural communication and proposes practical applications of these theories, including in-class guest speakers and a 4-session workshop on Intercultural Competence by the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC). Students will obtain a Certificate by QUIC.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will:


  1. Interpret and analyze the main theories and models behind Intercultural Communication
  2. Explore, examine, assess and interpret how the theories on Intercultural Communication have affected and/or influenced culture and society today.
  3. Analyze and interpret different texts and apply the tools of cultural analysis to enhance your skills in critical thinking.
  4. Develop better intercultural communication skills and develop life-long transferable skills to apply towards future studies, employment and personal growth.
  5. Conduct independent research, develop insight into contemporary society and culture and gain awareness that interpretations may vary depending on the perspective taken.
  6. Recognize your own theoretical conviction and develop a willingness to explore other points of view, linguistic sensitivity and analyse, compare and express the differences.

Description

This course has been designed to provide you with a historical and topical overview of the main theories and research related to Intercultural Communication, from the initial work done by Edward T. Hall and Geert Hofstede to more recent work such as Cultural Identity Theory, Model of Intercultural Conflict, Describe-Interpret-Evaluate (D.I.E.), Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS), Intercultural Developmental Continuum (IDC), Theory of Basic Values and exploring Culture Shock.

As often as possible, practical applications of these theories, whether through video, audio,  written media, literature, or synchronous Q& A sessions with experts of certain cultures, especially ones which are taught at LLCU, will be incorporated into the course delivery.

The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) will also integrate themes from  their 5-session workshops on Intercultural Competence, which are based on some of the theories outlined above, spread throughout the 12 weeks of the course, and will provide you with some basic skills and knowledge that will help you interact with cultural difference respectfully and effectively during your time at Queen’s and in future endeavors, thereby receiving an Intercultural Competence Certificate issued by QUIC.

Terms

Winter 2020
Course Dates: 
Jan 6 - Apr 3, 2020
Exam Dates: 
N/A

Evaluation

15% - Weekly Quizzes (10 of 12)
30% - Cumulative Workbook
25% - Theme-Based Discussion Activities (4 of 5)
30% - Reflection Essay

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Instructor

Professor António Macedo (macedoa@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

You can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week (120 hours per term) completing relevant readings, assignments, and course activities.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
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How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.