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TAS 4140 PBC

TAS 4140—Workplace Interactions in a Diverse Society

Three Semester Hours

DB 3/18


University Requisite: None

Course Overview

In today’s culturally diverse world, workplace success requires appreciating and understanding cultural differences. This course covers components of developing effective relationships in the cross-cultural workplace and focuses on understanding cultural differences in the workplace.

Methods of Course Instruction

All material for this course is print-based. Instructor and students communicate and exchange materials through postal mail. 

E-Print Option

In this course, an option exists to use e-mail to submit your lesson assignments. Your assignment will be returned to you either as an e-mail attachment or as a hard copy sent through the postal mail, depending on the preferences of the instructor and/or program. 

Textbooks and Supplies

  • Bolton, R. and D.G. Bolton. People Styles at Work and Beyond. 2nd ed. New York: American Management Association, 2009. [ISBN: 9780814413425]
  • Darnell, E. (Director), and McGrath, T. (Director). Madagascar [Motion Picture].USA: Dreamworks Animation, 2005.
  • Guggenheim, Charles. (1995). The Shadow of Hate: A History of Intolerance (VHS and YouTube). Montgomery, AL: Teaching Tolerance.

Note: There are alternative assignments for those without access to technology.

Number of Lessons

The course has six lessons. These lessons include:

  • Lesson 1: Reflection on Personal Ancestry 
  • Lesson 2: Style Analysis on You and Reflection on Text 
  • Lesson 3: Madagascar Paper 
  • Lesson 4: Diversity Reflection on Shadow of Hate 
  • Lesson 5: Diversity Exercise 
  • Lesson 6: Video on Diversity in the Workplace

Types of Writing Assignments

To do the writing assignments well, you need first to complete the reading assignments and have a good understanding of all new concepts, definitions, etc. 

Handwritten assignments are acceptable for some assignments, but the preferred method is a typed assignment, double-spaced using 12-point font and one-inch margins. As with all assignments, good grammar and standard written English are essential.

Grading Criteria

Your final grade will be determined by your grades on the submitted assignments as follows:

  • Lesson 1: Reflection on Personal Ancestry — 200 points
  • Lesson 2: Style Analysis on You and Text Reflection — 100 points
  • Lesson 3: Madagascar Paper — 100 points
  • Lesson 4: Shadow of Hate Reflection — 100 points
  • Lesson 5: Diversity Exercise — 300 points
  • Lesson 6: Video on Diversity in the Workplace — 200 points
  • Total — 1,000 points

Note: Lessons 1, 3, 4, and 6 have alternative assignments for those without access to technology.