Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4.5 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewIntroductionThis 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.
Learning Outcomes1. Graduates will acquire 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.2. Graduates will develop the skills to contribute to their profession and local and international communities as effective leaders and as members of collaborative, cooperative and successful teams.3. Graduates will develop the skills to communicate effectively with their profession, and the wider local and international community.4. Graduates will be aware of the standards, ethics and values of their profession and citizenship obligations, in both the local and global context.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.