Intercultural Communication ll-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS02 10021 LE37 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year All students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Wed.4
Instructor name TANGSEEFA,Decha (Center for Southeast Asian Studies Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course In today’s global community, how should a person conceptually prepare herself to be an effective "intercultural communicator"? Inconceivable even a decade ago, this era has witnessed tremendous transnational cultural flows -- of people, practices and products -- as well as local cultural complexities. Each not only encounters her own cultural intricacy, but also needs to effectively operate in culturally-complex contexts -- no matter in the cyber or physical spaces. These contexts range from the home and neighborhood; to places of work, worship and recreation; and to regions and the world.

For this academic year, the guiding concept for both Intercultural Communication I and II will be “cultural fluency.” The two courses will be based on the second edition of my Thai book: Light, Water and Rice Stalk: Cultural Fluency for Alterity (forthcoming 2021). There are four sets of topics, the first two of which will be explored during the 2020’s summer intensive course and the latter two in the Fall semester:

Part 1. “Cultural Fluency,” Difference and Voice
Part 2. Basic Elements of “Cultural Fluency”: AHA
Part 3. Listen to Others, Listen to Otherness
Part 4. Light, Rice Stalk and Cultural Fluency

The two courses explore concepts, theories and events as well as employ sounds (melodic or not) and images (moving or otherwise) -- as pedagogical tools -- to deepen students’ understanding of effective "intercultural communication."
Course Goals Since these two courses are predominantly conceptual/theoretical, they aim for students to be able to develop a set of conceptual abilities to think through processes of “intercultural communication.” Students will, therefore, be doing a large amount of reading, discussing, and finally writing.
Schedule and Contents Week 1: Introduction and Course Queries

Part 3. Listen to Others, Listen to Otherness

Part 3.1. A Child, Death and A Mother

Week 2: A Child, Death and A Mother

Part 3.2. Water & Becoming

Week 3: The Dao De Jing
Week 4: Smooth Space & On Influence-1
Week 5: Smooth Space & On Influence-2
Week 6: “Before the Law”
Week 7: Future, Justice and Fluency
Week 8: Speech & Trauma

Part 3.3. Memory, Hearing and Listening

Week 9: Soundscape
Week 10: Listening
Week 11: Memory, Otherness and Violence

Part 4. Light, Rice Stalk and Cultural Fluency

Week 12: Problem with “Intercultural Communication” - 1
Week 13: Problem with “Intercultural Communication” - 2
Week 14: Course Summary: Light, Rice Stalk and Cultural Fluency
Week 15: Feedback Session
Evaluation Methods and Policy There are NO exams in this course.

By midnight of every Sunday (from the first until the twelfth week), students will submit their homework: typewritten and not more than one page (A4).

Each week's assignment weights 10%. Throughout the semester, there will be 12 assignments, but each student's 10 best results will be used to calculate that student's final grade.
Course Requirements 1) This course will only accept students who have the TOEFL ITP score of at least 525 (the full score is
677). (For more information on how to convert the score, among others, see:

2) Students who plan to take more than 17 courses this semester are not eligible to take this course.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students will study each week's prepared PowerPoint slides as well as reading assignments before class time. Afterward, they will answer questions prepared by the instructor, then submit the answers by midnight of each Sunday. During class time, there will be two activities: a) discussing students' answers; b) lecturing by the instructor.
Textbooks Textbooks/References The following are the readings for the second semester:

1) Guha, Ranajit. 2009. “The Small Voice of History.” In The Small Voice of History: Collected Essays. Partha Chatterjee (Ed. w/ an Intro.). Ranikhet, India: Permanent Black: 304-317.

2) Lao Tzu. 1963. The Tao Te Jing. D. C. Lau (Trans.w/ an Intro.). New York: Penguin Books.

3) Deleuze, Gilles and Felix Guattari, 1987. “The Maritime Model.” In A Thousand Plateaus. Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Brian Massumi (Trans.). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Pp. 478-482.

4) Puett, Michael and Christine Gross-Loh. 2016. “On Influence: Laozi and Generating Worlds.” In The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life. New York: Simon & Shuster. Pp. 87-117.

5) Kafka, Franz. 1971. “Before the Law.” In The Trial. New York: Schocken Books. Pp. 213-215.

6) Agamben, Giorgio. 1998. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Daniel Heller-Roazen (Trans.). Stanford: Stanford University Press. Pp. 1-12; 49-58.

7) Derrida, Jacques et al. 1997. “The Villanova Roundtable: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida.” In Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida. John D. Caputo (Ed.). New York: Fordham University Press. Pp. 3-28.

8) Friedman, Alan W.. 2007. “Introduction.” In Party Pieces: Oral Storytelling and Social Performance in Joyce and Beckett. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. Pp. xv-xx.

9) Pillen, Alex. 2016. “Language, Translation, Trauma.” Annual Review of Anthropology, 45: 95-111.

10) Schafer, R. Murray. 1993 [1977]. “Introduction.” In The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books. Pp. 3-12.

11) Schafer, R. Murray. 2011. “The Soundscape.” In Sound. Caleb Kelly (Ed.). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. Pp. 110-112.

12) Nancy, Jean-Luc. 2007. “Listening.” In Listening. Charlotte Mandell (Trans.). New York: Fordham University Press. Pp. 1-22.

13) Decha Tangseefa. 2019. “A Journey of Animus?: Christianized Karens and Recollections of Karen-Burman Animosity.” In Exploring Religio-cultural Pluralism in Southeast Asia: Intercommunion, Localization, Syncretisation and Conflict. Nabil Chang-Kuan Lin (Ed.). Tainan, Taiwan: Center for Multicultural Studies, National Cheng Kung University. Pp. 289-335.

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