CUL286 - Cross Cultural Communications

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Subject Title
Cross Cultural Communications

Subject Description
As we live in a multicultural society in an age of globalization, it is very important to develop cultural awareness and communicative competence. This course provides a practical introduction to cross-cultural communication. General theories and key concepts are combined with specific cultural information and situations. Through a variety of activities and projects, students will develop cultural sensitivities and learn how to communicate effectively. Students will also have the opportunity to examine their own cultural background and its impact on their communication styles and personal lives. Through use of hands-on projects and case studies, they will also have the opportunity to explore particular cultural issues in their own fields of study.

Credit Status
CUL286 is a vocational general education course in the Court and Tribunal Administration and Agent Programs as well as the Law Clerk Programs. For any students not registered in CRT/CTA or LCK programs, CUL286 may be used as a General Education elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. identify the principles that underlie cross-cultural communication

2. understand what affects one's perception and learn to reduce stereotypic thinking

3. understand their own cultural values

4. demonstrate a greater understanding and sensitivity to other cultures

5. use both verbal and nonverbal communication more effectively and reduce instances of miscommunication

6. demonstrate confidence and competence in cross-cultural communication

7. identify and discuss specific cross-cultural communication issues that exist within the legal profession

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.