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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we aim to develop students' skills in communicating with those from other cultural backgrounds. In order to understand the dynamics of intercultural communication we make use of real examples of intercultural discourse and analyse them using methodologies from ethnography of communication, conversation analysis and interactional sociolinguistics. The cultural values associated with particular aspects of communication such as non-verbal communication, discourse organisation, politeness, greetings, requests and attitudes to emotion are also discussed.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJames Walker

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesParticipation in tutorials, class presentation. Practical and reading assignments, major essay and reflective assignment.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed 15 credit points at any level from Linguistics, or must have passed 15 credit points of any Faculty and Humanities and Social Sciences subject All other students require Coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsLIN1CLC OR LIN2CCC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Intercultural Communication: A Discourse Approach

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorScollon, R., Wong Scollon, S., Jones, R.


Edition/Volume3RD ED



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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Present with a degree of independence findings from research projects to the class.
02. Conduct their own linguistics research projects, including obtaining their own data in an ethical manner, identifying which categories of Linguistics bear upon their research.
03. Engage with linguistic problems from a descriptive rather than prescriptive stance and to relate this acceptance of linguistic diversity to diversity in other areas of life.
04. Evaluate contrasting theories / analyses against specific sets of data.
05. Recognise specific problem types and organise original data in order to reach solutions relevant to particular sub-disciplines.
06. Students will be able to see the relevance of the discipline of linguistics as a whole to their life situation, to the wider society and in relation to other areas of thought.
07. Students will be able to share knowledge they have gathered on their own, and participate as a community in linguistic research.
08. Students will become more coherent and precise in their verbal and written engagement with linguistic concepts, theories and problems.

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