In this course, students learn about the major principles of intercultural communication. Students explore similarities and differences in cultural patterns around the world: values, beliefs, customs, verbal and nonverbal messages, ways of perceiving reality, types of social organizations, and worldviews. Students also explore the process of intercultural conflict and interaction and the ways in which social and cultural forces influence people's lives. Emphasis is placed on obstacles to effective communication among people of different cultures and on ways to reduce these barriers. Students learn about the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for effective intercultural communication, and examine such issues as ethnocentricism, prejudice, cultural adjustment, gender roles, health care, education, family structures, music, and other art forms around the globe.