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LLC3160 - Managing Intercultural Communication

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts


Berwick First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit examines basic concepts of intercultural communication: face and politeness in language; the relation between cultural values and discourse; cultural variation in speech acts, turn taking rules and formulaic patterns; cultural differences in the organization of written and spoken discourse; and examines their interaction in intercultural communication in the global context. Case studies drawn from a wide variety of cultures will provide opportunities to examine language use in light of broader cultural, political and social issues such as stereotyping and discriminatory language, cultural expectation and attitudes, cultural awareness training, language reform and policies.


On the successful completion of this unit it is expected that students will:

  1. be sensitive to inter-cultural differences in communication patterns and cultural expectations
  2. know what kinds of questions to ask about communication patterns in a culture with which they are not (very) familiar
  3. be able to analyze what goes wrong in communication breakdown
  4. have encountered examples of inter-cultural communication
  5. assess evidence supporting different theories and thereby evaluate those theories More generally students are expected to develop their abilities to
  6. read and think critically
  7. use analytic and interpretive skills in dealing with language data
  8. present logical, coherent arguments both orally and in writing


Class presentation and written summary (700 words) : 20%
Research Assignment (2,000words) : 40%
Exam (2 hours) (1,800 word) : 40%
Students taking this unit at Third Year level will be required to demonstrate greater theoretical knowledge in the Research Assignment.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1hour lecture and 1x1 hour tutorial OR a two hour Lecture/seminar)


LIN2470, LIN3470, LIN3160, INT3010