Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Education
Lecture Code CC604301 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 異文化間コミュニケーション入門
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Introduction to Intercultural Communication
クワヤマ ヒサシ,デラコルダ カワシマ ティンカ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Tues3-4,Fri3-4:EDU K216
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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In principle, this course is designed to be implemented in-person. But, if necessary due to health reasons, utilize online (simultaneous interactive) session on Teams. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction B : Japanese/English
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 21 : Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Globalization/International cooperation studies
Eligible Students Mainly targeting first and second-year undergraduate students, especially for Globally-Minded Teacher Training Program students; International students (Refer to the "requirement")
Keywords Intercultural communication; Intercultural learning; Language and education; SDGs; husa 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
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within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
For those in/after 2022 admission for Globally-Minded Teacher Training Program, this course is one of the required subjects. Also check the requirement below. 
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(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Class Objectives
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Are intercultural communication skills the key to problem-solving in a globalizing world and for the career development of the next generation?
This course, Introduction to Intercultural Communication, develops your ideas about better intercultural communication through active and critical discussion. Lecturers will share their multidisciplinary (fieldwork) research to show the importance of local experience as an essential step towards understanding cultural differences in various societies and schools. We will collaboratively think and work to improve our linguistic and cultural understanding through intercultural learning activities. Following the pedagogic principles of CEDAR (Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion), students will engage with differences to recognize their taken-for-granted assumptions and gain a more critical perspective on their frames of knowledge and understanding of the other. It will be especially useful for any student who will have a non-native speaker in their future classrooms. 
Class Schedule 1. Orientation
2. Concepturizing "Culture"
3. Culural Identity and Diversity in Cosmology
4. Language and Thinking
5. Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism in Education
6. Scrutinizing Cultural Essentialist Beliefs and Stereotypes
7. Basics of Intercultural Communication
8. Identifying intercultural communication challenges
9. Moving from knowledge "of" to knowledge "for"
10. Discussing our (Non-)Negotiable Values
11. Examining your Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity
12. Cultural Accommodation in Intercultural Communication
13. Study Abroad and Intercultural Adaptation
14. School Education and Intercultural Communication
15. Reflection and Wrap-up

Final Essay

The content and flow is to be rearranged.  
No specific textbook, but reading materials in English will be distributed before/in the classes. If the students would like to have more detailed information, some books will be recommended as references corresponding to the student's interest and willingness. 
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Sufficient preparation and reflection are required before and after each class. Preparing and reviewing the lessons, please join each session with questions. We also ask for your active participation in class activities and use English (also using Japanese depending on the situation). 
Requirements Please confirm if the credit of this course will be included as a part of required credits for graduation in each school and program.
For those in/after 2022 admission for Globally-Minded Teacher Training Program, this course is one of required subjects. Those in/before 2021 admission can also take this course with the credit awarded. However, it will not be counted for the program completion.
We will also consider accepting international students including the short-term exchange programs as much as possible, but if there are too many applicants, we may limit registration.  
Grading Method Active Participation and Contributi:20%
Pre-Reading or Reflective assignments: 60%
Final Essay: 20% 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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