CAN109 - Intercultural Communications

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Subject Title
Intercultural Communications

Subject Description
Students taking this course will learn the definition of culture and will be introduced to inter-cultural communication theories such as differences in gestures, personal spaces, and customs.  By identifying intercultural issues in North American society, students will learn how they can apply intercultural communication theories to their daily lives and how they can rspect and understand persons from other cultures.  The main objective of this course is to create an environment in which students will feel comfortable communicating with people from different cultures and backgrounds.  As part of the course, students will communicate with people from other cultures electronically and in person.  This course will be of interest to workers in health services, education, human resources, and business as well as those people who want to enhance their communication skills particularly as they apply to communicating with people from other cultures theories to their daily lives and how they can respect and understand persons from other cultures.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit.

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

1. Have increased awareness of and sensitivity to intercultural issues and communication.

2. Change their own behaviour when interacting interculturally to better accommodate communication with those from other cultures.

3. Be able to work more effectively with those from other cultures in work and social settings.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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 Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Cross-cultural Experience: Experience intercultural communication, and describe what you did, what the difference between you and your communicator was, whether biases and prejudice you had hold or not, how the communication was, and how you communicated with people as an intercultural communicator.

Movie Review: Choosing a movie from the ONLINE RESOURCES, and analyze how the movie is related to intercultural communication.

Presentation: Pick the intercultural issue, research it, and present how you can associate with the issue in your life setting and how you will use the knowledge gained from the research(Such as:: Canada and Multiculturalism, Identity of Newcomers, Conflict and Harmony, Media and Multiculturalism, Multiracial Families (marriage, adoption, and generation), Human Rights, etc.) in your life. Movies, people, etc. 

Reflective Paper & Plan of Action: Reflective paper - indicate how you will use your knowledge in your life such as in your workplace, schools, social occasions, or in other areas.Plan of Action - indicate what you are going to do to have more exposure on intercultural communication and how you would deal with future intercultural experiences. 

Mode of Instruction
Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre.

* Students interested in pursuing  online courses must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Term work:
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments may be subject to the awarding of a penalty resulting in a lower grade assigned. 
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.

Class Participation (five discussions) 32%
Assignment #1 - Online quiz 15%
Assignment #2 - Cross Cultural Experience 18%
Assignment #3 - Individual Presentation 25%
Assignment #4 - Online quiz 10%

Please access the course every week (or more) and keep up with assigned readings. Make sure you participate in online discussions and hand in any assigned work on time. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.
Student Success:

Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade. Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College. It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing. For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook. 

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood