The Evergreen State College


"Bridges Not Walls: Culture and Communication"

Spring 2001


Faculty  Phone email Location
Betsy Diffendal 360-867-6404   SEM 4121
 Jan Kido 360-867-6778   SEM 4125
Llyn De Danaan 360-867-6404    Library Lounge

Pictures of the students and faculty -- "The Bridgers"

Web Resources
Web Crossing

Program Description:
    One of the functions of culture is to provide humans with a set of lenses that serve as a highly selective screen between the individual and the outside world.  Culture, thereore, designates what we pay attention to and what we ignore.  Today we live in a world of increasing intercultural and international contacts.  Sometimes, these interactions are on an interpersonal level; sometimes they occur in organizational settings.  We know that intercultural interactions can inlcude moments of conflict, friendship, hatred, romance, dominance and cooperation.  This quarter, we will explore the question, How can we develop competence in dealing with the increased cultural complexity of the 21st century?  In lectures, workshops and seminars we will explore the importance of understanding the variables of "context" as a way of making sense of the unfamiliar.  Our purpose is to work toward a self-awareness of our own cultural perspectives and to develop strategies for approaching cultural differences effectively.
    We welcome first-year students ready to be seriously engaged in their studies and offer strong support to upper-division students.
    Credit awarded in applied anthropology, intercultural communication, human behavior in the social environment and writing.  Upper division credit is available for those whose background preparation and program work demonstrate its appropriateness.
    The program will provide learning opportunities to help students meet some of the expectations of an Evergreen Graduate: specifically, participating collaboratively and responsibly in our diverse society; comunicating creatively and effectively; and demonstrating integrative, independent and critical thinking.
    The program is preparatory for careers and future studies in anthropology, education, business, law, communication, international studies, human services, psychology, community development.

Prerequisites: NO, this is an all-level program.

Faculty Signature: NO

Special Expenses:  Students should expect to spend about $25.00 on a first week program rereat and other special program events.

Part-Time Options or Internship Possibilities: NO.  This is a 16-credit, full-time program.

Syllabus: MORE TO COME!  Watch this page.
Week 1:  April 1 - 5
Introducing Communication and Culture
Tuesday, April 2,  9:00 - 3:00

      9:00-11:00 a.m.
First morning class in
CAB 108

       11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch break:  Purchase books 

      12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Whole Group Session
CAB 110

      Seminar Readings For
Gudykunst & Kim
Chapters 1,2
Silent Language
Chapters Introduction, 1, 2

Thursday, April 4, 9:00 - 3:30

      9:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Program Retreat:  Camp Solomon Schecter

                Two day
              Student Fee
        Bring to Retreat


Friday, April 5, 9:00 - 1:00

      9:00 - 1:00 p.m.
      Program Retreat
      includes lunch at
      Camp Schecter

            First Seminar
Due: First seminar paper



Schedule: Tentative Schedule:
                                                Mondays:   On Your Own: Study Day
                                                Tuesdays:     9:00 - 3:00,
                                                    [Faculty Office Hours 3:00 - 5:00]
                                                Wednesdays:  On your Own:  Study Day
                                                Thursdays:    9:00 - 3:30
                                                Fridays:        9:00 - 12:00

Assignments:  TBA

Web Resources:  TBA

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