Please find additional information concerning upcoming courses in the 2017-2018 academic year. If you’re interested in learning more about the following courses, including a tentative course schedule, please email me: mckeeki (at) gvsu (dot) edu.
LIB 401: Visionary Thinkers: Yuri Kochiyama and Grace Lee Boggs
A variable topics course that focuses on the life and work of Yuri Kochiyama and Grace Lee Boggs, significant contributors to the American mosaic and thereby the Unites States’ vision of diversity. Kochiyama and Lee Boggs are key figures to locating Asian Americans within the civil rights movement.
DS 350: Social Media in Culture
An examination of social media’s role in shaping individuals and communities. Students evaluate how social media platforms express political, social, and cultural power. Students analyze how social media expands and limits conversations on issues concerning race, gender, sexuality, and diaspora.
ITC 100: Introduction to Intercultural Competence and Communication
To introduce students to the concept of cultural competence [the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures], diversity [race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies] and culture [the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes a group] from historical, political and sociological perspectives. The United States is an excellent system for such an endeavor as it has a high degree of variation in cultures [based upon regional, ethnic, racial, and historical differences]. The definition of diversity is itself based upon the different groups that exist within the US. Thus the United States will serve as our laboratory for teaching the skill set needed for cultural competence.
This course is also an introduction to the topic of intercultural communication. Intercultural communication is communication that occurs between individuals and entities that are culturally unalike, and is grounded within key historical, political, organizational, and interpersonal contexts that shape our individual interaction with people from different cultures. Americans are challenged to practice intercultural communication every day. We communicate one way within our homes and neighborhoods, another at school or work, still others in our places of worship, while taking public transportation, while at play. Understanding that we do this and how to do it well are valuable skills that will support students in being culturally competent.