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SIS-633 Selected Topics in International Communication (1-3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Introduction to a specific technique or approach currently used in the international communication/cross-cultural communication field, focusing on intercultural training, multicultural negotiation, intercultural leadership, or another similar area. Usually offered every term. May be taken pass/fail only.

SIS-633 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Developing Budget Models for International Programs
This course presents a number of different funding models and provides students with the skills needed to construct a viable financial plan for developing an international program initiative. It includes how to construct financial models in support of an international educational initiative, how to build a budget model for an exchange program, dual/joint degree program, or study abroad models and leverage existing institutional resources in support of the initiative.
SIS-633 002
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Headlines, Deadlines, and Cultural Lines
This course explores how policy makers create and sustain narratives that successfully make an impact in a global news environment crowded with media options and moving at the speed of thought. The course is a soup-to-nuts overview of how to devise and execute a successful communications plan with global reach that includes the core principles and practices used to influence opinion through traditional and social media across markets that differ significantly from country to country. Topics include goal-setting, timelines and tools, with special emphasis on the difference between strategy and tactics. Real-world examples are analyzed, and students work from a single scenario to create plans for different outcomes depending on cultural context.
SIS-633 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Global Dexterity: Intercultural Competency and Authenticity
This highly interactive institute helps students develop global dexterity, the capacity to navigate cultural difference by exercising different communication styles while simultaneously maintaining personal authenticity. Drawing on intercultural assessments as a foundation, students develop their ability to recognize cultural codes and the challenges they can present when adapting behavior. Students examine practical ways to diffuse and resolve the manifestation of conflicting cultural values, while transforming the capacity to creatively respond to cross-cultural contexts and interactional dynamics that challenge authenticity. By modeling effective training methodologies and best practices, students develop a nuanced and critical understanding of western and non-western models of intercultural competency, create a toolbox to continue developing global dexterity, devise ways of fostering global leadership through cross-cultural mentoring, and design approaches to creativity engage with others in culturally blended spaces.