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Main Campus · University College · Interdisciplinary Studies Ctr

Cross-Cultural Communication
XIDS-2002

  • Fall 2020
  • Section LJ7
  • 2 Credits
  • 08/12/2020 to 12/05/2020
  • Modified 09/09/2020

Description

Selected topics and themes posing a question addressed using the tools and assumptions of a variety of disciplines.

Requisites

Prerequisites:

Corequisites:

Contact Information

Professor of Marketing: Dr. Agnieszka Chwialkowska

Office Hours

  • By appointment
  • Virtual/Google Meet

Meeting Times

Class meeting

  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:20 PM to 2:10 PM, Humanities, Room 134

The class roster has been split to ensure proper social distancing. Therefore, you will come to class only once a week - either or Monday or Wednesday.

Please come on Wednesdays (starting on August 12) if your last name starts with letters Man-Wim.

Please come on Mondays (starting on August 17) if your last name starts with letters Co-Lov.

 

* Your Class Participation grade consists of:

  • Class Participation (actively engaged in discussions)
  • Professionalism (being attentive to all communications, prepared, respectful of others’ needs and health, and not being disruptive)
    • Note the following item on the wearing of masks. Refusal to wear a mask in class will be considered as being disruptive behavior and hazardous to the health of others, and will result in an automatic zero on each class participation grade.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK WHILE ON UWG’S CAMPUS?
 
Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students. According to the Student Code of Conduct (4.04), Disorderly Conduct includes, “Failure to comply with the request of a University officer acting within the scope of his or her responsibility.” https://www.westga.edu/administration/vpsa/assets/docs/2019-2020-code-of-conduct.pdf
See Sections 3.0 - disruptive behavior and 4.0 - disorderly conduct. Section 3.02 includes the phrase, "instructors may also include in their syllabus specific behaviors they consider to be inappropriate for a particular course."

Materials

First-Year Seminar Lab 2020

CourseDen

No required book/No cost course

Outcomes

This course focuses on various topics about cross-cultural communication and diversity and implications for a variety of disciplines. XIDS 2002 is a course designed to help students get excited about learning at West Georgia. In addition, it is our hope that this course helps you succeed academically as well as personally and socially during this semester and beyond. The fundamental focus of the class is to provide an understanding of the basic structure of critical thinking and of academic disciplines in order to increase learning in the university classroom. Students are required to attend class and to interact with their instructors and classmates. While students must take responsibility for their own learning, the course attempts to support and enhance that responsibility by making the class a learning community within the University.

Course Objectives

Upon completing the course, you will be able to:

CO1.  Discuss basic concepts, conceptual frameworks, and other broader contexts of intercultural communication.

CO2.  Identify cultural values.

CO3.  Recognize how speech, texts, images and behaviors are shaped by cultures and interpreted through your own cultural lens.

CO4.  Critically analyze case studies of how cultures are communicated verbally and non-verbally.

CO5.  Recognize cultural barriers and apply tools to address key obstacles to effective communication across cultures.

CO6.  Analyze and discuss examples of cross-cultural conflicts in a variety of situations.

CO7.  Reflect on how various cultural concepts apply to your own life, communication and various areas of study.

CO8.  Develop intercultural sensitivity in terms of beliefs, values, and norms.

CO9.  Adapt written and oral communication to specific rhetorical purposes and audiences.

CO2.  Recognize and begin to implement the skills necessary to become life-long, active learners through the exploration of an academic topic that focuses on a contemporary and/or enduring topic, question, or problem.

CO3.  Identify, evaluate, and use information, language, or technology appropriate to a specific purpose.

Evaluation

Criteria

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
First-year seminar /XIDS-requirements 20%

Career reflection - 8%

Study Skills - 4%

Advising - 4%

Growth Mindset – 4%

Lab Due Dates: The due dates for each of the of the Lab activities are:
  • Mindset 1: Friday, 9/4 @ 11:59pm
  • Advising: Friday, 9/25 @ 11:59pm
  • Career Reflection: Friday, 10/30 @ 11:59pm
  • Study Skills: Friday, 11/20 @ 11:59pm
  • Mindset 2: Friday, 11/20 @ 11:50pm
4 quizzes 40%
Attendance and Participation 20%

* Your Class Participation grade consists of:

  • Class Participation (actively engaged in discussions)
  • Professionalism (being attentive to all communications, prepared, respectful of others’ needs and health, and not being disruptive)
    • Note the following item on the wearing of masks. Refusal to wear a mask in class will be considered as being disruptive behavior and hazardous to the health of others, and will result in an automatic zero on each class participation grade.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK WHILE ON UWG’S CAMPUS?
 
Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students. According to the Student Code of Conduct (4.04), Disorderly Conduct includes, “Failure to comply with the request of a University officer acting within the scope of his or her responsibility.” https://www.westga.edu/administration/vpsa/assets/docs/2019-2020-code-of-conduct.pdf
See Sections 3.0 - disruptive behavior and 4.0 - disorderly conduct. Section 3.02 includes the phrase, "instructors may also include in their syllabus specific behaviors they consider to be inappropriate for a particular course."
Essay & Presentation (Group) 20%

Breakdown

Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A 90%+
B 80% < 90%
C 70% < 80%
D 60% < 70%
F Less than 60%

Assignments

What am I expected to do to complete this course?

You will be required to:

  • Complete XIDS Lab assignments
  • Attend the class and participate in discussions and other activities, be ready to discuss topics assigned in class (see course schedule for meeting dates) [individual grade].
  • Read resources posted on CourseDen and any handouts distributed in class. [individual grade]
  • Take notes (during the class)
  • Take 4 quizzes. [individual grade]
  • Complete a team project - write an essay and deliver a presentation in class [group grade]

XIDS 2002 Lab Assignments

Purpose: A key goal in this course is to help you be a better student and help you grow as a person. Each unit has been carefully designed and shown to be helpful to new students at UWG.

Task: Complete each of the four Lab Assignments (Study Skill Development, Career/Major Reflection, Advising, and Growth Mindset).

Criteria: Details for successful completion are located on the CourseDen site link on the right.The First-Year Seminar Lab is posted in CourseDen within a course called “XIDS 2002 Lab”.

Lab Due Dates: The due dates for each of the of the Lab activities are:
  • Mindset 1: Friday, 9/4 @ 11:59pm
  • Advising: Friday, 9/25 @ 11:59pm
  • Career Reflection: Friday, 10/30 @ 11:59pm
  • Study Skills: Friday, 11/20 @ 11:59pm
  • Mindset 2: Friday, 11/20 @ 11:50pm

If you have any questions about the Lab assignments, please contact Tommeria Horton at [email protected]

Attendance and Participation

The course concentrates on structured experiences using the experiential learning model, and thus requires class participation. You will receive participation credit only if you actively participate in class discussions and activities.

The doors close at the beginning of the class. If you are late you will not be allowed to enter the class.

Sleeping in class, checking your phone, not participating in class activities will result in receiving 0 points for attendance even if you are physically present.

Quizzes

There are four quizzes. (Please see the course schedule on CourseDen).

To prepare for each quiz please study your notes from the class and activities we completed in class, as well as study any reading assignments announced in class and/or on CourseDen.

There are NO make-ups. If you miss the quiz, you receive 0 points.

With proper documentation and with prior approval (from professor), university-sponsored events or sickness might constitute the basis for your absence to be excused if communicated before the class. You must submit relevant documentation before the class you are missing.

All the documentation should be submitted into submission folder on CourseDen (“Special accommodations & excused absences” folder). You must also send a message to the professor via CourseDen messaging tool prior to the class/quiz you are missing.

In-class quizzes will be graded within seven business days (Monday-Friday 9 am-5pm) from the quiz date, online quizzes will be graded automatically upon completion.

Group Presentation and Essay

You will work on a group project which will result in a written essay and a presentation in class.

Presentations will be graded within seven business days (Monday-Friday 9 am-5pm) from the due date.

Schedule

Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Course Schedule
Humanities, Room 206
 
Lab Due Dates: The due dates for each of the of the Lab activities are:
  • Mindset 1: Friday, 9/4 @ 11:59pm
  • Advising: Friday, 9/25 @ 11:59pm
  • Career Reflection: Friday, 10/30 @ 11:59pm
  • Study Skills: Friday, 11/20 @ 11:59pm
  • Mindset 2: Friday, 11/20 @ 11:50pm

Exams:

  • Exam 1: Wednesday, September 2
  • Exam 2: Wednesday, September 23
  • Exam 3: Wednesday, October 14
  • Exam 4: Wednesday, November 4

Project Presentations:

  • November 16, 18, 23, 25

Week

Topic

1

Course Introduction & Introduction to Communication

2

What is culture

3

Sources of Culture & Socialization

4

Review & Quiz 1

5

Dimensions of Culture

6

Dimensions of Culture cnd.

7

Review & Quiz 2

8

Values

9

Perception

10

Review & Quiz 3

11

Communication Styles

12

Communication Styles/ Project consultations

13

Review & Quiz 4

14

Project consultations

15

Student Presentations (Group assignment)

16

Student Presentations (Group assignment)

 

Course Policies and Resources

Deadline

Deadline s defined as:

a :  a date or time before which something must be done

b :  the time after which copy is not accepted for a particular issue of a publication

(Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Communication Policy

 

Please communicate any problems you have. If you need special accommodations, please make sure that you inform me about your situation prior to the beginning of the course or as soon as the need for my assistance arises. Please do not wait until the end of the semester (or on the due date) as at that point I will not be able to help you. Submit any relevant documentation to “Special accommodations and excused absences” in “About the Course” folder on CourseDen and e-mail the professor via the CourseDen messaging tool.

Before contacting the professor, consider whether the answer to your question would benefit other students in the class. If so, please post your question to the Q&A Forum. For details, please visit:

CourseDen -> Content -> Questions?

If your question relates to your individual situation, please communicate via e-mailing tool on CourseDen. Please make sure that the subject line specifies what your e-mail is about:

Like this: Assignment #2. Not like this: Question.

E-mail format

To make sure that your questions are answered promptly and accurately, please follow the format outlined below. Your professor will not answer messages that do not follow this format.

Address your professor appropriately.

  • NEVER use “Hey” or “Yo!” or “Hi!”

[1] Subject line

[2] Dear Doctor Chwialkowska,

Write a clear and concise message.

  • Avoid wordiness; get to the point:
    • State your problem by being specific and detailed (I will not be in class on Monday; I apologize for missing class on Wednesday; I would like to schedule an appointment to meet with you to discuss my assignment).
    • Include the question relevant to your problem;
    • If you need a response, politely ask for one.

[3] I am in your Class Name, Section Number that meets on This Day.

[4] This is the question I have or the help I need.

[5] I have looked in the syllabus, Q&A forum, and at my notes from class and online and I asked someone else from the class, but I am still not sure about the answer.

[6] This is the action I would like you to take.

[7] Saying Thank You is always a good idea.

Proofread your message.

  • Never click on “Send” before proofreading your message.
    • Make sure you have complete sentences and that you use punctuation correctly.
    • Check for spelling mistakes.
    • Pay attention to mechanics (proper capitalization) and grammar mistakes.
    • Do not use texting abbreviations.
    • Whenever possible, use paragraph breaks to organize your message.

Sign with your full name

[8] First Name & Last Name

Response time

I will respond to questions sent via CourseDen email and those posted on Q&A Forum within 48 hours during business days (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). You are free to e-mail me during the weekend or in the middle of the night but please note that you will have to wait for my response until Monday/business hours.

Basic Technical Skills Required

 

To successfully complete the course, you need to have the following technical skills:

  • Navigating CourseDen.
  • Communicating via CourseDen email tool.
  • Using CourseDen discussion board.
  • Taking quizzes on CourseDen.
  • Uploading assignments to CourseDen submission folders.
  • Using a Web browser such as, e.g., Mozilla Firefox.
  • Very good command of office applications, g., Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Converting documents into PDF files. Combining documents into one file.
  • Ability to google information and use it to solve basic technical problems.

College/School Policies

Wolf Pact

Having read the Honor Code for the University of West Georgia, I understand and accept my responsibility to uphold the values described therein and to conduct myself in a manner that will reflect the values of UWG and the Richards College of Business so as to respect the rights of all UWG community members. As a UWG student, I will represent myself truthfully and complete all academic assignments honestly and within the parameters set by my instructor.

I understand and accept that if I am found guilty of violations (through processes due me as a UWG student and outlined in the UWG Student Handbook), penalties will be imposed.

I also recognize that my responsibility includes a willingness to confront members of the UWG community if I feel there has been a violation of the Honor Code.  

Ultimately, I will conduct myself in a manner that promotes UWG as the best place to work, learn, and succeed for my generation, and those to come!

About the Richards College of Business

Vision
To become a globally recognized college of business preparing forward-thinking, responsible leaders.

Mission
We are in the business of transforming lives through education, engagement, and experiences.

Strategic Goals and Values

Student Success
Admit quality students and provide them with an education that is rich in experiences and engagement opportunities to prepare them to be effective and ethical professionals.

Academic Success
Recruit, retain and develop faculty and staff by providing sufficient resources to support dynamic and up-to-date bachelor and master-level curricula, to conduct research and other professional activities, and to support engagement with all stakeholders.

Operational Success
Recruit, retain and develop administrative management and staff personnel to manage, develop and support infrastructure and those activities that build internal and external partnerships while working in an ever-changing environment.

Ethical Values
The Richards College of Business community (administrators, faculty, staff, students, and business partners) share a commitment to the principles of honesty and integrity in interactions and undertakings, accountability for personal behavior, and respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others. In addition, we strive to continuously improve our abilities to recognize unethical behavior and to make ethical and moral decisions.

Institutional Policies

Academic Support

Accessibility Services: Students with a documented disability may work with UWG Accessibility Services to receive essential services specific to their disability. All entitlements to accommodations are based on documentation and USG Board of Regents standards. If a student needs course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if he/she needs to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, the student should notify his/her instructor in writing and provide a copy of his/her Student Accommodations Report (SAR), which is available only from Accessibility Services. Faculty cannot offer accommodations without timely receipt of the SAR; further, no retroactive accommodations will be given. For more information, please contact Accessibility Services.

Center for Academic Success: The Center for Academic Success provides services, programs, and opportunities to help all undergraduate students succeed academically. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6280 or [email protected]

University Writing Center: The University Writing Center assists students with all areas of the writing process. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6513 or [email protected]

Online Courses

UWG takes students’ privacy concerns seriously: technology-enhanced and partially and fully online courses use sites and entities beyond UWG and students have the right to know the privacy policies of these entities. For more information on privacy and accessibility for the most commonly used sites, as well as technology requirements visit the UWG Online site.

Students enrolled in online courses can find answers to many of their questions in the Online/Off-Campus Student Guide.

If a student is experiencing distress and needs help, please see the resources available at the UWG Cares site. Online counseling is also available for online students.

Honor Code

At the University of West Georgia, we believe that academic and personal integrity are based upon honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Students at West Georgia assume responsibility for upholding the honor code. West Georgia students pledge to refrain from engaging in acts that do not maintain academic and personal integrity. These include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, aid of academic dishonesty, lying, bribery or threats, and stealing. 

The University of West Georgia maintains and monitors a confidential Academic Dishonesty Tracking System. This database collects and reports patterns of repeated student violations across all the Colleges, the Ingram Library, and the School of Nursing. Each incidence of academic dishonesty is subject to review and consideration by the instructor, and is subject to a range of academic penalties including, but not limited to, failing the assignment and/or failing the course. Student conduct sanctions range from verbal warning to suspension or expulsion depending on the magnitude of the offense and/or number of offenses. The incident becomes part of the student’s conduct record at UWG.

Additionally, the student is responsible for safeguarding his/her computer account. The student’s account and network connection are for his/her individual use. A computer account is to be used only by the person to whom it has been issued. The student is responsible for all actions originating through his/her account or network connection. Students must not impersonate others or misrepresent or conceal their identities in electronic messages and actions. For more information on the University of West Georgia Honor Code, please see the Student Handbook.

UWG Email Policy

University of West Georgia students are provided a MyUWG e-mail account. The University considers this account to be an official means of communication between the University and the student. The purpose of the official use of the student e-mail account is to provide an effective means of communicating important university related information to UWG students in a timely manner. It is the student’s responsibility to check his or her email.

Credit Hour Policy

The University of West Georgia grants one semester hour of credit for work equivalent to a minimum of one hour (50 minutes) of in-class or other direct faculty instruction AND two hours of student work outside of class per week for approximately fifteen weeks. For each course, the course syllabus will document the amount of in-class (or other direct faculty instruction) and out-of-class work required to earn the credit hour(s) assigned to the course. Out-of-class work will include all forms of credit-bearing activity, including but not limited to assignments, readings, observations, and musical practice. Where available, the university grants academic credit for students who verify via competency-based testing, that they have accomplished the learning outcomes associated with a course that would normally meet the requirements outlined above (e.g. AP credit, CLEP, and departmental exams).

HB 280 (Campus Carry)

UWG follows University System of Georgia (USG) guidance: http://www.usg.edu/hb280/additional_information#

You may also visit our website for help with USG Guidance: https://www.westga.edu/police/campus-carry.php

Mental Health Support

If you or another student find that you are experiencing a mental health issue, free confidential services are available on campus in the Counseling Center. Students who have experienced sexual or domestic violence may receive confidential medical and advocacy services with the Patient Advocates in Health Services. To report a concern anonymously, please go to UWGcares.

ELL Resources

If you are a student having difficulty with English language skills, and / or U.S. culture is not your home culture, specialized resources are available to help you succeed. Please visit the E.L.L. resource page for more information.

COVID-19

Proctored Exams/Online Instruction: Students should be aware and plan ahead for the possibility of having to complete all courses and/or exams online or in a proctored environment. This means talking with your instructors about what minimum technical requirements (software and hardware) will be required should your class move online or a student's personal needs dictate. This also includes making plans for internet access at whatever location participation may occur.

Virtual or in-person proctored exams, if your instructor should require them, may result in an additional cost to the student. Please discuss these details with your instructor or see the information provided here.

Face Coverings: Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia institutions, including the University of West Georgia, will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

Student FAQs: For more information about UWG COVID-19 guidance for students visit the Student FAQ webpage

 

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