Cultural Crossroads: Exploring Intercultural Communication in London

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Alex Randall is retired as Chairman and Professor of Communication at the University of the Virgin Islands. Randall has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Princeton and a Doctorate from Columbia. He studied with Dr. Margaret Mead and wrote his dissertation on a field study of Group Dream Communication. Randall created the world's first e-commerce business: the Boston Computer Exchange. He went on to run a non-profit to support emerging democracy in the former Soviet Union. www.alexrandall5.com, www.dream-wizard.com, www.dr-dream.com

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Faculty:
Dr. Alexander Randall (More Info)

Course:
Cultural Crossroads: Exploring Intercultural Communication in London

Program Dates:
Dec 26, 2024 – Jan 8, 2025

Honors Credit:
None

WKU Course:
TBA

Discipline(s):
Communication , Anthropology

Course Description:

This class is a unique opportunity to study the principles of intercultural communication while exploring real-life settings in one of the world’s most diverse cities. Class time includes discussing readings from communication and anthropology and taking field trips to some of London’s ethnic neighborhoods, including a few Hollywood movies! Imagine a scavenger hunt to find ethnic shops, cultural cuisine, street markets, festivals, theaters, and local institutions. Collect, identify, and catalog cultural artifacts while immersing yourself in these communities and engaging with locals. Enhance your understanding of cultures and how to communicate across diverse cultures. Gather new insights and skills to make you an excellent world traveler.


Prerequisites:
None. Open to students of all majors.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Contact Faculty

Course Highlights:
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of London's diverse cultural landscape, exploring iconic sites, restaurants, eclectic shops, and cultural centers from around the world.
  • Venture into the heart of London's neighborhoods, uncovering unique cultural treasures and artifacts.
  • Visit cultural sites like a shrine in an Indian neighborhood and a temple in Chinatown to gain insights into the multicultural fabric of London.
  • Examine how movies offer perspectives on the intersection of cultures while also exploring the nuances of communication, from diverse English dialects to the subtleties of non-verbal interactions.
  • Ring in the New Year with fireworks above Buckingham Palace.