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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 language and culture, ethnography of communication, greetings and address terms, conversation analysis, language and identity, socialization, narrative enquiry and body language. Topics will be illustrated with case studies of different speech communities from around the world, such as French, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Anglo-Australian and Aboriginal Australian.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- attained a broad overview of intercultural communication;
- developed foundational skills for analysing intercultural communication;
- developed an understanding of social and cultural diversity in the university and wider community through the analysis of intercultural communication data and case studies;
- developed their research report writing ability;
- engaged in pedagogically led interactions in the classroom around problems and tasks relating to intercultural communication;
- participated in individual and group-based data-related activities within and outside the classroom.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
have increased their understanding of social, ethical and cultural context;
have developed their written communication through essay preparation and writing.
Last updated: 22 November 2023