Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Exploring Intercultural Technical Communication

TCM 18000 / 3 Cr.

This course will explore issues in diverse technical communication workplace settings using Intergroup Dialogue. Students will explore intercultural communication, conflict resolution, social identity, community, and social justice with diverse groups.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

  • Collaborate with others to build relationships in diverse groups
  • Respond to derogatory comments and microagressions in the workplace
  • Explore differences and commonalities between diverse groups
  • Understand, define, use, and recognize each stage of the Intergroup Dialogue Four-Stage Model
  • Engage in and promote empathy and equality in workplace settings
  • Understand the impact of technical communication in a global workplace context
  • Understand the need for sensitivity to differences in workplace international communication
  • Function effectively in diverse groups
  • Metacognitively reflect on their own communication skills and abilities
A component of this class will be engaging with clients, co-facilitators, and/or guest speakers. These groups will vary from semester to semester depending on availability. The topics in this course will vary from semester to semester as well and can include a variety of social identities including (but not limited to) race/ethnicity, nationality of origin/citizenship, gender, sex, sexual orientation/attraction, SES/social class, age, religion/spirituality, ability/disability status, body size/type, level of education.
Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs)

5-Understanding Society and Culture

2-Critical Thinking 

1-Core Communication Skills