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Transcultural Communication at Work (LING90026)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville) and Online

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLING90026
Semester 2 - On Campus
Semester 2 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

One outcome of the globalisation of the Australian job market is the increasing need for transcultural communication skills in both the private and public sectors. Transcultural communication typically entails interaction in which one or more of the communicators use a second or third language. Successful transcultural communication requires not only a shared language but also strong intercultural awareness and skills. These include verbal skills such as how and when to use speech and silence as well as non-verbal skills knowing how and when gaze, gesture and body posture may differ across cultures. This subject will provide students with the tools to achieve successful transcultural encounters in professional settings. The delivery of the subject will include lectures with audio-visual materials, discussion sessions to deepen the students' understanding of theories of transcultural communication and their practical implications, and assignments that require an application of presented theories to the analysis of transcultural communication. Sponsored by the School of Languages and Linguistics and the Faculty of Arts' Asia Institute, this subject will focus on transcultural communication at the intersection of cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and religious boundaries. The subject will be taught by sociolinguistic and transcultural communication experts whose expertise ranges from multicultural and Aboriginal Australia, to Asia, the Middle East, Northern and Southern Europe, and the South Pacific.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have developed a sound and theory-based understanding of issues involved in transcultural encounters in professional / institutional contexts;
  • have developed strategies to enable students to communicate effectively and establish professional relationships in transcultural encounters;
  • have developed analytical skills to enable students to address communication problems in transcultural encounters.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively;
  • have developed transcultural understanding.

Last updated: 21 August 2019