Intercultural Communication
CMN 103
Winter 2009
College of Communication

Tentative Course Schedule


5 Jan Course Introduction
7 Jan
Road Scholar screened in class

Internet Resources:
12 Jan

Required Reading:

  • Judith Martin, Thomas Nakayma, and Lisa Flores, "A Dialectical Approach to Intercultural Communication"
Narratives about Intercultural Life
14 Jan
Required Reading:
  • Jacqueline Taylor, "Performing Commitment"
  • Eduardo Santiago, "The Night Rodney King Kissed Me"
Internet Resources:
Communication and Age
19 Jan
Required Reading:
  • Eric Klinenberg, "Dying Alone"
Internet Resources:
21 Jan
Required Reading:
  • James Lull, "On the Communicative Properties of Music"
Internet Resources:
Immigration, Integration, and Conflict
26 Jan
Required Reading:
  • Dwight Conquergood, "Life in Big Red: Struggles and Accommodations in a Chicago Polyethnic Tenement" (PDF is in 2 parts. Print both parts.)
Internet Resources:
28 Jan
Cultural Context Presentations
2 Feb
Required Reading:
  • Fernaanda Eberstadt, "A Frenchman or a Jew?"
  • Elaine Sciolino, "France Envisions a Citizenry of Model Muslims"
  • Manthia Diawara, "The Pretender"
Internet Resources:
Race, Class, and Gender in America
4 Feb
Required Reading:
  • Lisa Jones, "Is Biracial Enough? (or, What's This About a Multiracial Category on the Census?: A Conversation)"
Internet Resources:
9 Feb
Required Reading:
  • Mark Edmundson, "On Education: As Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students"
  • Earl Shorris, "On Education: As a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor"
Internet Resources:
11 Feb
Required Reading:
  • Laurel Sutton, “Bitches and Skankly Hobags: The Place of Women in Contemporary Slang”
16 Feb
Cultural Context Presentations
Popular Culture as Intercultural Communication
18 Feb
Required Reading:
  • Gilbert Rodman, "Race . . . and Other Four Letter Words: Eminem and the Cultural Politics of Authenticity"
Internet Resources:
Last Due Date for Analysis Papers
23 Feb Required Reading:
  • Rodman (cont.)
25 Feb
Required Reading:
  • "Pro Vs. Pro: Vietnam Feature for gamepro.com"
Internet Resources:
2 March
Required Reading:
  • Eileen Luhr, "Metal Missionaries to the Nation: Christian Heavy Metal Music, 'Family Values,' and Youth Culture, 1984-1994"
4 March
Required Reading:
  • Isabel Molina Guzman and Angharad Valdivia, “Brain, Brow, and Booty: Latina Iconicity in U.S. Popular Culture”
9 March
Class Review
11 March
Student Conferences
16 March
Final Papers Due by 1:00 at my LPC office or mailbox (5th Floor SAC)

Last Update: 17 December 2008
Send questions, comments, or reasonable suggestions to: Daniel Makagon