Subject: Communications    / General CommunicationsQuestion


For this paper, you will:

For this paper, you will read a scenario and three articles in which the values and norms in the communicators’ co-cultural groups (socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, region, nationality, and politics) and/or key cultural values (individuals, collectivism; high-context, low-context; nurturing, achievement; power distance; uncertainty avoidance) are in conflict with one another. You will then write a 3-5 page paper (approximately 750-1000 words) in which you use the scenario, three articles, as well as your own specific experience to discuss/focus on analyzing cultural differences and its impact on intercultural communication.

Specific Steps:

? Read this scenario:

o Hay, M. Cameron. “Shame and Making Truth: The Social Repairs of Ethnographic Blunders.” Being There: Learning to Live Cross-Culturally, edited by Sarah H. Davis and Melvin Konner, Harvard University Press, 2011, pp. 112-127

? Read these three articles:

o LeBaron, Michelle. “Culture and Conflict.” Beyond Intractability, The Conflict Information Consortium, University of Colorado, July 2003, Accessed 29 February 2016.

o Rasmussen, Louise. “Cross-Cultural Competence: Engage People from Any Culture.” Global Cognition, 18 November 2015, Accessed 06 Feb. 2016.

o Fuld, Leonard M. “Cross-Cultural Communication Takes More than Manners.” Harvard Business Review, 01 August 2012, Access 3 March 2016.

Pearson 2

Articles only/Fall 2016


? Write a 3-5 page paper in which you:

Use examples from the scenario and three articles to support a thesis (opinion, idea) in which you discuss/analyze cultural differences and its impact on intercultural communication. Don’t forget to include your own specific experience to help support your thesis.

Important things to remember:

o The paper must be turned in to turnitin on the day its due by no later than 11:59 pm (no email)

o You must also hand in a typed hard copy to the instructor in class the day it is due (no email)

o Your paper will be marked using the Departmental Scoring Rubric (see on Blackboard)

o Please highlight your thesis statement

o *Follow MLA guidelines for format and citation. Include Works Cited.

Other things to remember:

o Use 12 point font

o Double-spaced

o Typed (single-sided)

o Must be stapled, no paper clip)

o Include your name, class section (see syllabus), and due date

References and Citation

When you use another person’s words, ideas, or work in your paper, you must cite them. If you directly quote their work, you use quotation marks to signify this and give the page number, as well. If you are simply paraphrasing or borrowing from one (or more) person’s work, you do not need quotation marks, but you still signify whose words you are using.

*At the end of your paper, you will have a Works Cited page in which you list all of the references used in your paper. Visit https://
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