Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT

21F.019/021: Communicating Across Cultures

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Examines a range of communication styles and techniques resulting from different cultural norms and traditions. Begins with a general theoretical framework and then moves into case studies. Topics include understanding the relationship between communication and culture, differences in verbal and non-verbal communication styles, barriers to intercultural communication, modes of specific cross-cultural communication activities (argumentation, negotiation, conflict resolution) and intercultural adjustment. Case studies explore specific ways of communicating in Asian and European cultures. Graduate students are expected to complete additional assignments. Taught in English. Enrollment limited.

Units: 3-0-9(U); 9-0-3(G)



Spring 2014

Section No. Instructor Days Time Room
1 J. Dunphy TR 3-4:30 14E-310
2 J. Dunphy TR 9:30-11 16-644


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