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Intercultural Effectiveness (UNIB10012)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5Not available in 2017

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Year of offerNot available in 2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeUNIB10012
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There are now unprecedented opportunities for intercultural collaboration to create more responsible social and environmental strategies to address global issues. With transformations in information systems and the internet, these interactions have also become common place on a day to day basis. Therefore, people are interacting with others from different cultures at increasing rates. Hence, developing competency in intercultural interaction becomes critical in a world where graduates are expected to work well across cultures.

This subject will provide students with the opportunity to develop intercultural skills to help them positively meet these challenges. Specifically, students will develop an awareness of how culture influences the way individuals think, feel, act, and acquire knowledge. The subject will also explore how collaborative and pervasive technologies can be effectively harnessed for intercultural interactions. Students will be introduced to how culture can have an impact on various disciplines, including; scientific research, health sciences, business and the performing arts.

This subject is designed to establish a platform for lifelong intercultural learning. It will be particularly useful for students involved in, or planning international experiences such as study abroad or exchange, international students and anyone expecting to work, live and learn in different cultural settings.



This subject will cover theories and concepts such as Bennett's Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions, Adler's discussion of intercultural competence and their application to various social, business, scientific and technological contexts.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Be able to identify the cultural influences affecting interpersonal interactions in a work context
  2. Understand how culture can impact work behaviour and attitudes amongst colleagues, students, and clients
  3. Have enhanced abilities associated with multicultural work environments
  4. Understand the implications and complexities of intercultural communication
  5. Have developed intercultural communication skills
  6. Be able to discuss the different international and cultural perspectives that may exist around their chosen discipline area
  7. Have acquired further knowledge on collaborative and pervasive technologies.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the ability to:

  • Ability to examine a complex problem from different perspectives – specifically the ability to conduct analysis using different cultural frameworks
  • Ability to formulate and articulate rational arguments through seminar discussions and peer review process
  • Ability to apply theory to practice in seminar discussions
  • Ability to prepare written reports
  • Ability to achieve strong learning outcomes within a collaborative team environment.

Last updated: 20 June 2017