(COM 415 PSU)
Intercultural Communication through TV Shows and Films – Persuasion and the Media. European & U.S. Perspectives
Course hours: up to 50 hours
Credits: 5-quarter credits
Type of Course: COM/PSYCH/IS/MEDIA (COM 425 PSU)
Term: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Instructor: Dr. Carles Murillo
When forming personal opinions, most of us draw on intuitions and principles that guide us through the simple cases, but how can I learn to communicate with care and respect about clashing views concerning diverse socio-cultural norms? Is there a universal set of principles, an objective standard to which all cultural norms can be evaluated? How do I determine what’s wrong and right? What skills do I need to learn to identify moral dilemmas in real-world scenarios and how to communicate them? In order to find out possible answers to these questions, this course invites students to enhance their familiarity with academic notions of intercultural communication by looking into the relationship between culture, psychology, philosophy and communication. Students will explore the principles on which one’s own values are based and how to grapple with contemporary controversial issues, which this course brings face-to-face through examples taken from current films and TV Shows.
Its guided analysis will help students to test personal premises against common arguments and fallacies and identify contentious topics. Since these will be visualized through TV Shows and movies from the U.S, Spain and Europe, students can identify with the characters who embody real-life situations that are likely to be faced in the future, either in professional or non-professional settings. For this reason, students will also practice how to anticipate real-world challenging situations and practice decision making while they evaluate communication responses and build substantive arguments to express personal opinions in inter-cultural contexts.
5 quarter credits / 3.3 semester credits
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