Intercultural Communication

Subject EDUC90077 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 15-Feb-2016 to 15-Apr-2016
Assessment Period End 29-Apr-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 26-Feb-2016
Census Date 04-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 01-Apr-2016

July, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 18-Jul-2016 to 15-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 30-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 29-Jul-2016
Census Date 05-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 02-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


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

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

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team:


Mrs Susan Worthington


Program Coordinator: Burim Boonwirat

Phone: 9810 3318


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
  1. Reading Reflections x 3: 1,500 words total, due end semester 25%
  2. Essay 1: 1,500 words due late semester 25%
  3. Essay 2: 2,000 words, due end semester 50%

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

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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