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COMN12-204: Intercultural Communication


This subject is concerned with the particular problem of communication across linguistic and ethnic boundaries. The principal areas covered are cultural differences in verbal and non-verbal communication, communication problems and ethnocentrism, and communication techniques in intercultural situations. The subject draws on a range of examples of actual intercultural communication scenarios to add a practical dimension.  This subject focuses on communication in intercultural contexts preparing learners for careers in international and multicultural environments. We analyse cultural constructs through the lenses of research and theories from relevant disciplines, by considering the learner's culture of origin and by comparing similar and dissimilar cultures. We also consider how the cultural roots of reality derive from the effects of religious, family, and historical world views. Furthermore, we examine language, non-verbal communication, social customs and expected patterns of relationships in relation to interpersonal, business, educational, and health care situations. Students actively experience different cultural attitudes and expectations as they engage in a journey of cultural understanding. The knowledge and skills developed in the subject have immediate relevance to us as world travellers and intercultural workers. Students entering the fields of business, teaching, social services, and tourism will have opportunities to apply their learning in daily contacts with culturally different groups.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of the influence that culture and academic mobility have on individuals from diametrically opposed civilisations. 2. Acquire insight into diverse identities and analyse their cultural, social, political and historical dimensions. 3. Display skills and strategies that enable effective intercultural communication competence globally. 4. Devise effective verbal and non-verbal intercultural communication strategies in personal, professional and collaborative contexts. 5. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of relevant disciplines, theory and research, and the ability to critically evaluate, manage, reflect on, integrate and apply it in intercultural contexts. 6. Demonstrate an understanding of the standards, ethics, and values of their profession and citizenship obligations, in both the local and global contexts.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021