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COMN12-204: Intercultural Communication


This subject is concerned with the special 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; 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. Cultural constructs are analysed, through the lens of the research and theories from relevant disciplines, in the learner's culture of origin and in a range of other similar and dissimilar cultures. The cultural roots of reality are seen as deriving from the effects of religious, family and historical world views. Language, non-verbal communication, social customs and expected patterns of relationships are examined in relation to interpersonal, business, educational and health care situations. Students actively experience the cultural attitudes and expectations of their classmates as they engage in a journey of cultural understanding. The knowledge and skills developed in the course have immediate relevance to all of us as world travellers and intercultural workers. Students entering the fields of business, teaching, social services and tourism will have opportunities to apply their skills in daily contacts with culturally different groups.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

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 opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021