Week 1 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 July
What about the world today demonstrates most
obviously the need for intercultural communication? Be detailed in your answer.
What are the pros and cons of globalization?
Week 2 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 July
In what way or ways do you tend to be
ethnocentric? How difficult is it for you to see that another person’s way of
doing something may be just as good as yours?
Why do intercultural conflicts occur? Are they
inevitable? Why or why not?
Week 3 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 July
Choose at least four of the identities
discussed in chapter 4 of the textbook. What is the label that describes you in
each of these identities? How does having that set of labels affect you in your
communication with others?
Most people spend some of the time in the
majority and some of the time in the minority, but overall they consider
themselves to be one or the other. Determine whether or not you are going to
consider yourself a minority or majority for this question. Where are you in
the process of majority or minority identity development? Why did you stop at
Week 4 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 July
What are the four components of language? How
are they different?
Explain the concept of low context/high
context. With whom do you use high-context language? Why?
Week 5 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 July
What do you wear that communicates
non-verbally about who you are or what your values are? What influences your
Explain the concept of monochronic and
polychronic. Give an example of a culture whose time system is polychronic.
Week 6 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 July
What causes intercultural conflict? Is there
any way to avoid it? Should it be avoided?
What building blocks (from chapter 2 of the
textbook) have you used to communicate with people from different cultures?
Were these building blocks effective? If so, what made them effective? If not,
why were they not effective?
Week 7 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 July
What are the stages of culture shock? What
causes it? Is there any way to avoid it? What are healthy ways to survive it?
If you were going to enter an intercultural
marriage, what would be the item that would be most difficult for you to accept
from another culture or to lose from yours? Give details to support your
Week 8 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 July
What stereotypes do you have about people from
certain cultures and either work ethic, wealth, or business acumen? What is the
basis for these stereotypes?
If you have had experience with healthcare or
education in another country, describe the experience. If you have not, what
are the challenges you think it would present? Imagine the process you go
through in your doctor’s office or in a classroom. What would it be like to be
in that setting if you were from another culture or perhaps spoke a different language?