INTS 307/3.0 Intercultural Relations
Dr. Rebecca Imes
Nobles (2000) tells us that “Culture is to humans what water is to fish.” In other words, culture influences every bit of who we are and how we operate yet, through its omnipresence, culture is often rendered invisible. The purpose of this course is to make culture visible through an introduction to the cultural dimensions of human communication. This study gives us a better understanding of the ways in which shared patterns of perception and belief affect the ways we create and share meaning. We will examine the complex relationship between culture, communication, and identity from a variety of conceptual perspectives and make connections between theory, research, and everyday experiences.
You will learn to think from a cultural perspective and be introduced to the empirical study of culture in society. To that end, we will practice being researchers of culture in a variety of settings from Parliament to the local pub (additional field studies and related assignments to be confirmed ). Join us for the fascinating investigation of the water in which we humans swim daily.