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Cosmopolitan Communication – Foundations

Course Description:

Educators, trainers, and researchers have spent much time and energy developing communicative competence for children, students, business people, and people in conflict areas. However, there is still an overabundance of global issues (ethnic and religious conflict, business and political tensions, migration, global leadership crisis, the environment, economic tensions, etc.) that cannot be solved in isolation. Instead, we need competencies in interpersonal- / intercultural- / organizational communication, which help us work with the wholeness of an increasingly complex, globalized world. In this course, you will take a step toward the next phase of human communication: ‘Cosmopolitan Communication.’ In so doing, you will develop a new level of awareness – global integral competence – which incorporates a more complete human and societal dimension of experience (body, mind, culture, system).

SPECIAL NOTE: There are videos included in this course and it is constructed in a way that an independent learner can navigate it and understand the teachings within. However, if you are in need of faculty-led sessions, we will record those and insert them the next time this course is scheduled to run in Live Virtual Classroom.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • describe a number of theories on communication;
  • explain the evolutionary process of communication;
  • demonstrate “Transparent Communication” by Thomas Hübl; and,
  • apply holistic communication in the ‘person-in-conversation’ and ‘energy-in-conversation.’


Your Main Instructor  – Kazuma Matoba, PhD was born in Kobe/Japan, studied linguistics at Sophia University in Tokyo. He got his PhD from Duisburg University in Germany and taught communication science at Witten/Herdecke University. There he was very influenced by Claus Otto Scharmer, Johan Galtung, Ken Wilber, and David Bohm, and he began to research ‘cosmopolitan communication’ proposed by Barnard Pearce. Kazuma lives in a small town near Dortmund/Germany and works globally in Palestine, Ukraine, USA, and Japan. He is proud of being a post-modern nomad – traveling, researching, and teaching around the world.

Your Guest Instructors:

  • Thomas Hübl: Thomas Hübl is a modern mystic, a spiritual teacher whose work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions with the discoveries of contemporary science, illuminating both with his profound understanding. Visit Website
  • Martin Bruders: Martin Bruders is a certified social worker, mediator, and coach and has been a comedian for over 28 years at over 2,000 corporate events in Europe. He is the inventor of the Integral Roadshow, an infotainment show on the integral model of Ken Wilber and co-founder of the Institute for Global Integral Competence (IfGIC) and Innerplace Berlin. Visit Website
  • Denis Knubel: Denis Knubel is political scientist. He studied international relations, peace, and conflict.

Course Modalities:

Non-Credit Options

Lite Level – This course is delivered on-demand with no faculty interaction and is perfect for lifelong learners who want to go at their own pace and who are not interested in academic credit but still want to experience the course.

Audit-No Credit – If you would like to participate when this course is offered in our Live Virtual Classroom mode, you may attend the live faculty webinars but will not be required to submit assignments for credit.

If you take a few courses and decide you want to officially enroll in a degree program, you can gain academic credit for Lite versions or Audit-No Credit versions by paying the difference between these course fees and a normal academic fee, successfully completing quizzes, submitting your reflection journals and delivering a Final Creative Assignment that will be graded.

For-Credit Options

Live Virtual Classroom: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic coursework is accomplished through attendance in Live Webinars, with faculty and student interaction being a part of the Live Webinar content. To receive academic credit, you must not miss more than 3 live sessions, you must complete the quizzes and submit any other required assignments (if any), and a final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

Internal Online Independent Study: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic online coursework is engaged in independently on one’s own and does not include faculty interaction. To receive academic credit, you must complete the quizzes and submit your reflection journals and final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

The rules guiding our assignment collection and grading process can be found here: Ubiquity University Grading Policy

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We allow students at all academic levels to participate in our online courses. However, those students who are enrolled in MA or PhD programs are expected to offer a more sophisticated analysis on reflection tasks, writing assignments, and in the final creative assignment. You will be graded commensurate with your degree level. Except for the Final Creative Assignment, word counts are offered as guidelines. If you need to exceed the word counts to submit an MA or PhD level response, you may feel free to do so as long as the word count expansion is reasonable and necessary.

Course Contact Information:

Live Virtual Classroom macrocourses are delivered by faculty in live Zoom sessions. You will have a course facilitator who is available to answer questions and offer additional assistance and that information will be provided to you upon registration. Please do not email faculty directly with any technology or registration issues.

For on-demand lite or Internal Online Independent Study versions, click the “Chat” button down on the left-hand side of the screen for any technical issues or questions you may have about the content.

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