Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Monash Passport categoryConnect (Explore Program)
OfferedPrato Term 3 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nadine Normand-Marconnet



This research-led intensive unit aims at equipping students with some conceptual clues to better adapt themselves to an internationalised environment and to challenge their superficial perceptions of "others". With campuses and centres located in Asia, in Africa and in Europe, Monash University is a perfect environment to provide students with strategic tools to understand and manage their intercultural experience in multicultural context(s). Combining personal enrichment and future career development, the course will familiarize students with key concepts on Intercultural Communication. The unit will provide the critical tools for ethnographic research and will engage students through face-to-face and online activities (case studies, role plays, simulations, reflective journal, forum). Designed to follow principles of experiential learning, the course will allow students to complete guided cultural interactions and to produce self-reflection on their cultural experience. It will also give them a range of skills in intercultural management which are relevant in a wide range of disciplines, and which will increase their employability profile for international positions.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Have developed critical understanding of the key concepts and models of Intercultural Communication Competences.
  2. Have learnt to identify and analyse intercultural differences in specific multicultural context.
  3. Have gained knowledge on cross-cultural issues.
  4. Have been exposed to tools and practices enhancing intercultural sensitivity and adaptability.
  5. Be able to apply principles of cross- and intercultural engagement in various contexts.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.