Communication and Media Studies 451

COMS 451: Intercultural & International Communication

Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 230, or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

Advanced study of issues, problems, theories and policies of intercultural and international communication in interpersonal, group, organizational and mediated contexts.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Intercultural Communication: the speech tradition, a. between individuals, b. between groups, c. issues and problems.
2. Cross-cultural Communication: the comparative tradition, a. the etic/emic distinction, b. equivalencies across cultures, c. issues and problems.
3. International Communication: the mass media tradition, a. communication and national development, b. diffusion of innovations, c. regional/global information and communication flows, d. media imperialism, e. formal and informal communication among nations, f. comparison of national communication systems, g. peace communication and conflict resolution, h. New World Information and Communication Order, i. issues and problems.
4. International Contexts where intercultural interfaces occur a. interpersonal, b. group, c. organizational, d. corporate, e. governmental, f. business, g. educational, h. tourism, i. consultants (governmental, professional).


Detailed Description of the Conduct of Course

Seminar, lecture-discussion format will characterize the conduct of this course.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Distinguish among intercultural, international, and cross-cultural communication.
2. Develop awareness of contemporary events that illustrate the need for improved intercultural and international communication.
3. Improve knowledge about ideas, issues, and theory concerning intercultural and international communication processes, messages, forms and problems.
4. Identify and investigate from a communication perspective those intercultural interfaces that are embedded within the international environment.


Assessment Measures

Written exams are employed to test comprehension of ideas, distinctions, issues, and theory as applied to intercultural and international communication events. In addition, graduate students engage in research projects focused on intercultural and/or international communication topics of their choice. Project reports are evaluated and returned to graduate students with instructor comments.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Joe Flickinger, Chair

May, 2011