• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code ICOM-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
International Communication Minor

In the contemporary globalized world, where the tempo and intensity of international contacts are continually strengthening, the role of international communication has become increasingly crucial.


This minor will help students develop an understanding of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural issues involved in international communication. Since different nations are associated with different languages and cultures, international communication is inseparable from intercultural communication – in the era of ‘global English’ more than ever, because one ‘international English’ can conceal deep differences in cultural assumptions. This minor will explore issues involved in interaction between speakers from different backgrounds and will equip them with conceptual tools to explore those issues.


The minor will include either one year of language study (for beginners) or one semester of language study (for non-beginners), one compulsory course (for everyone), for beginners one other course from a list of eight and for non-beginners two other courses from the same list.



Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this minor, the students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the nature of the complex and multifaceted relations between communication, culture, language and identity;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the limits of translatability of key concepts across languages, and the implications of these limits for international communication;
  • analyze cultural assumptions underlying expressions such as “the ideals of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law” (Obama 2006: p. 284) and explain their linguistic underpinnings;
  • explain the sources of miscommunication between speakers of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds who communicate using English as a lingua franca;
  • demonstrate and understanding of potential sources of miscommunication within multilingual and multi-cultural societies such as Australia.
  • Students will have basic knowledge of another language, sufficient for basic communication and for understanding of the issues that can arise in international communication due to linguistic differences
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units from completion of 1000-level courses

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

From the following subject areas:
  • Arabic (ARAB)
  • Burmese (BURM)
  • Chinese (CHIN)
  • French (FREN)
  • German (GERM)
  • Hindi (HIND)
  • Indonesian (INDN)
  • Italian (ITAL)
  • Japanese (JPNS)
  • Javanese (JAVA)
  • Korean (KORE)
  • Laotian (LAOT)
  • Pacific Languages (PASI)
  • Persian (PERS)
  • Russian (RUSS)
  • Sanskrit (SKRT)
  • Spanish (SPAN)
  • Tetum (TETM)
  • Thai (THAI)
  • Turkish (TURK)
  • Urdu (URDU)
  • Vietnamese (VIET)
  • Australian (AUST)
  • Portuguese (PORT)

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
LING2021 Cross Cultural Communication (L) 6

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1001 Language in Asia 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia 6
HUMN2001 Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects 6
  LANG 2103: Second Language Pragmatics
LANG3001 Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts 6
LANG3002 Translation across Languages: specialised material 6
LANG3003 European Narrative 6
LANG3004 Language and Society in Latin America 6
LANG3005 Language and Identity in a European Context 6
LANG3040 Critical Readings for Translators 6
LING2015 Language, Culture, Translation 6
LING2022 Language Policy and Language Politics 6
LING2027 Language and Society in Latin America 6
LING2103 Language Power and Identity 6
AUST1001 Learning an Indigenous Australian Language 6
AUST2008 Learning an Indigenous Australian language 2 6
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