In this paper discuss all of the following four major topic areas in the following order:
- PROBLEM: Discuss a real-world intercultural communication problem. This should be very specific and narrow. For example, it is not sufficient to use something as vague as “sometimes people from different cultures misunderstand each other.” Instead, your statement of the problem should specify the context of the communication problem (Workplace? Interpersonal? Family? Healthcare? Something else?), specify who is involved, specify what cultures are involved, and give evidence of how culture relates to the problem Further you should also clearly describe one specific, non-fictional example of how this problem plays out. While you may use your own personal experiences to illustrate your discussion of the problem, you must also go beyond your own personal experiences and cite credible evidence of the problem. Overall, I am looking for you to give clear, compelling evidence that a problem exists, evidence of the inherency (also known as the source or cause) of the problem, and evidence that harm results from the problem. I would strongly suggest that you discuss your statement of the problem with me well in advance of moving forward with any other part of this paper. It would be important that you start off on the right track, and you should take the initiative to ensure that you are by consulting with me.
- THEORY: Discuss a specific theory of intercultural communication in substantial depth. You may select any theory discussed in your textbook, and your textbook is a good initial source. However, you must also go substantially beyond your textbook and use a number of primary academic sources to further round out your discussion and demonstrate your in-depth understanding of this theory.
- ANALYSIS & APPLICATION: Discuss how this theory applies to the communication problem you discussed in the first part of your paper. You should bring together a specific element of the problem and a specific element of the theory, and draw reasonable conclusions from applying the theory to the problem.
The body of the paper should begin with a strong but brief introductory paragraph end with an even more concise concluding paragraph, contain well-structured paragraphs that start with a topic sentence and end with a transition to the next paragraph, and all reflect mastery of all of the other skills and techniques appropriate for University level writing.