LING 2038 - Cross Cultural Communication

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

Misunderstandings often arise when speakers of different languages, or indeed speakers of the same language communicate. Some misunderstandings are easily identified and rectified or may be of little consequences. At other times there can be a complete breakdown in communication. Serious miscommunication can even result when neither party is aware that there is any problem. Both parties may think that the other is understanding perfectly what they are saying, though a major misunderstanding is unfolding resulting in misdiagnosis, mistreatment, gross injustice, financial penalty or the like. The course seeks to identify and make explicit sources of misunderstanding through practical investigation of interactions in a range of contexts. It will specifically address the use of interpreters, the role of dialectal differences and different cultural scripts (including subcultures within the same language group). Practical means of identifying and minimising misunderstandings will be promoted. This course will be of interest to a wide range of students, including students of Linguistics, Medicine, Nursing and other health professions, Law, Media, Education, Social Work, languages etc.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LING 2038
    Course Cross Cultural Communication
    Coordinating Unit Linguistics
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Assessment 2 x 1000 words or equivalent practical assignments, 2500 word essay or equivalent report
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann

    Dr Matteo Farina
    Course Timetable

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  • Learning Outcomes
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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    Learning Activities Summary

    Week Lecture Content Associated Readings Assignments

    Week 1
    29 July 2019
    Cross-Cultural Communication (CCC): a requirement for the interdependent global society
    There are no tutorials in week 1
    Chapter 1
    Communication between cultures .

    Week 2
    5 August 2019
    Communication and culture
    Chapter 2
    Communication between cultures

    Week 3
    12 August 2019
    Cross-cultural Communication. The deep structure of culture
    Chapter 3
    Communication between cultures Preparation for the 1000-Word Mid-Point Assignment

    Week 4
    19 August 2019
    Cross-cultural Communication and worldviews
    Chapter 4
    Communication between cultures Preparation for the 1000-Word Mid-Point Assignment

    Week 5
    26 August 2019
    Cross-cultural Communication and cultural history
    Chapter 5
    Communication between cultures Preparation for the 1000-Word Mid-Point Assignment

    Week 6
    2 September 2019
    The impact of cultural values on Cross-cultural Communication

    Chapter 6
    Communication between cultures Preparation for the 1000-Word Mid-Point Assignment
    Oral Presentations. In-class during tutorials.

    Week 7
    9 September 2019
    How culture and identity affect Cross-cultural Communication?
    Chapter 7
    Communication between cultures
    Oral Presentations. In-class during tutorials.

    Week 8
    16 September 2019
    Verbal messages: exchanging ideas through language
    Chapter 8
    Communication between cultures 1-Oral Presentations. In-class during tutorials.
    2-1000-Word Mid-Point Assignment. Due date: 20 September 2019, 5pm
    23 September 2019 Mid-semester Break for Students
    30 September 2019 Mid-semester Break for Students

    Week 9
    7 October 2019
    Nonverbal communication and its impact on Cross-cultural Communication
    Chapter 9
    Communication between cultures Oral Presentations. In-class during tutorials.

    Week 10
    14 October 2019
    Cross-cultural Communication in business, education and healthcare
    Chapter 10
    Communication between cultures Oral Presentations. In-class during tutorials.

    Week 11
    21 October 2019
    The challenges of Cross-cultural Communication
    Chapter 11
    Communication between cultures Oral Presentations. In-class during tutorials.

    Week 12
    28 October 2019
    Living overseas: misunderstandings and miscommunications across languages. A case study
    There are no tutorials in week 12
    Farina ppt
    Post-Presentational Paper. Due date: 8 November 2019, 5pm

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    Course Grading

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    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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