Bridging Languages and Cultures in the Digital Age
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The University of New England is the only Australian public university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for Overall Experience by the Good Universities Guide, 13 years in a row. UNE has delivered distance education since 1955—that’s longer than any other Australian university. Perhaps that’s why students continue to rate UNE so highly for student satisfaction and teaching quality. With over 170 degrees offered online, and more than 20,000 online students, UNE is the expert in online education.
Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- understand and analyse some of the complexities of global communication in the current digital landscape;
- demonstrate an awareness of how digital media can bridge cultural and language barriers to create novel communication spaces;
- discuss some of the practical benefits and challenges that arise when moving in and out of often transient multi-layered, multi-cultural and multi-lingual online relationships with others across the globe;
- reflect on some of the political, social and ethical tensions that can arise from the ubiquitous spread of digital media with regards to privacy, security and safety in the international context;
- demonstrate how entrepreneurs, businesses and individuals can generate strong competitive advantage in the global market place by deploying methods of engagement and modes of communication that are typical of social networks and virtual communities; and
- demonstrate improved capacity for effective adaptation to new cultures and language environments encountered through exchanges, work placements or extensive travel by utilising the 'helping hand' of social media and other networked technologies.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- EquipmentDetails - • Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lecture and other media provided in units, a USB style headset has proven to provide superior audio quality to the jack style headset when used for online teaching software) • Headset, including microphone (highly recommended for participation in virtual classrooms) • Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations)
- SoftwareDetails - Please refer students to link for requirements: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component.
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
This subject is situated within the global digital landscape using approaches underpinned by empirical and practical methodologies. As digital technologies become ubiquitous, with billions of active users of the internet and social media, more and more workplaces require the ability to effectively and efficiently engage with people from a myriad of cultural, language and technological backgrounds. The use of networked and mobile technologies for facilitating and developing intercultural communication competencies will therefore become increasingly necessary, even critical, for success. This subject will help prepare students for such a future. The subject provides practical insights that will increase a student's awareness, understanding, sensitivity and ability to deal with cultural and language diversity in the digital age. This will be of particular value to students seeking mobility such as wanting to embark on in-country study or exchanges, or individuals planning to work and live in an international environment, as well as to anyone with a general interest in digitally mediated intercultural communication. Furthermore, this subject will be of special interest to students who are learning or have learned a second language, but it does not require or assume prior language study.
Essay: 1500 words. Quiz: 750 words equivalent. Written Task: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-6 (all assessments)
- Essay (30%)
- Quiz (25%)
- Written Task (45%)