Special Topics- Using Interpreters for Intercultural Communication and Other Purposes

As globalization intensifies, contact with people from different cultures increases. Whether in expanding markets or providing non-profit services to immigrants and refugees, sharing a common language cannot be assumed. What are the advantages of using interpreters in such rapidly-evolving contexts? This will be a survey-style course with a clear focus on practical application for professional interpreters.  Business leaders, effective politicians and healthcare professionals (for instance) use simultaneous interpretation for successful intercultural communication. This course will introduce the basics of participating in interpreted interaction, outline relevant cultural, interpersonal, and intercultural communication theory, illustrate efficient vs ineffective uses of interpreting, introduce particular methodological frameworks from the ethnography of communication, critical discourse analysis and cultural studies, explore relevant ethical models, and touch upon media literacy and implications of technology. Successful completion of this course will provide you with a solid foundation for identifying the specific purposes in your field when using interpreters promises the best outcomes.

Course Details

Campus: 
Amherst
Format: 
Online
Level: 
Undergraduate
Subject: 
Communication Disorders
Communications
Number: 
COMM 397CE
Semester: 
Spring 2017
Registration Status: 
Closed
Registration: 
Monday, November 7, 2016 to Monday, January 30, 2017
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