Transcultural Communication - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Exercise (30%) , Assignment 2 - Investigation (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit critically examines the way in which culture, context and language come together to produce different varieties of language and diverse pragmatic styles. It aims to develop transcultural competence for those working in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. interpret and apply knowledge of differing varieties and styles of language within and across selected cultures and contexts
  2. evaluate pragmatic differences and similarities across a range of cultures and contexts
  3. analyse the impact of the various varieties and styles of language on communication, identity, power, and social status.
  • Assignment 1 — Exercise (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Investigation (45%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (25%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Admission to degree required; Access to Internet; Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Culture and communication- dimensions of culture, pragmatic transfer/dissonance, accommodation theory
2Variety in language - World Englishes
3Language style, register and code within cultures
4Language, identity and power
5Directness and indirectness in language
6Issues of face - complimenting, apologising
7Keeping the harmony
8Communicating across hierarchies and relationships
9Opening and closing
10Awkward moments and fuzzy concepts - amae, jen, aizuichi and many more
11Writing styles across national borders: same or different?
12Review and exam

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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