Intercultural Communication

Subject 175-108 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures (repeat lectures will be available) and a 1-hour tutorial per week. There will be no tutorial in the first week of semester
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: .


Dr Celia Thompson
Subject Overview:

This subject involves the main components of communicative events across cultures, the main linguistic approaches to analysing them, how they vary in a range of cultures from around the world, and the difficulties and misunderstandings these differences create in inter-cultural communication. Specific topics include body language, titles and respect, turn-taking and turn maintenance, narrative structuring, intonation, requests, disagreement and criticism, information seeking, politeness, and business negotiation. Topics will be illustrated with case studies of different speech communities from around the world, such as Nepalese, Tibetan, French, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Anglo-Australian and Aboriginal Australian.

Assessment: Two 1500-word research assignments 70% (due mid-semester and end of semester), a 1-hour examination 30% (during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: To be advised.
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • increase their understanding of social, ethical and cultural context;

  • develop their written communication through essay preparation and writing.

Notes: Formerly available as 175-006 and 175-108 Cross-Cultural Communication. Students who have completed 175-006 or 175-108 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communication) & Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Diploma in Arts (Development Studies)
Diploma in Arts (English Language)
Diploma in Arts (Linguistics)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Australian Indigenous Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts(Cross-cultural Communication)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Australian Indigenous Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Cross Cultural Communication)

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