Intercultural Communication

Subject EDUC90077 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

125 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Master of English in a Global Context. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
February, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject examines the processes of communicating across cultures. Topics include language as a manifestation and reflection of culture; language, culture and identity; politeness and "face"; cultural variations in nonverbal communication; power in interpersonal interactions; negotiating a shared basis for communication; discourse variations between cultures; and intercultural gender awareness.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • be aware of the complex relationship between language and culture;
  • understand how language and culture are involved in interpersonal interactions;
  • critically examine their own practice in intercultural interactions; and
  • understand the cultural issues at stake in interpersonal situations

Essay 1: 1,250 words, due mid semester 25%
Oral Presentation: 20 minutes, 1,250 words equivalent, as individually scheduled throughout semester 25%
Essay 2: 2,500 words, due end semester 50%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of English in a Global Context

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