• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Minor code ICOM-MIN
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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the nature of the complex and multifaceted relations between communication, culture, language and identity;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the limits of translatability of key concepts across languages, and the implications of these limits for international communication;
  3. 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;
  4. explain the sources of miscommunication between speakers of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds who communicate using English as a lingua franca;
  5. demonstrate and understanding of potential sources of miscommunication within multilingual and multi-cultural societies such as Australia; and
  6. communicate at a basic level in another language and understand the issues that can arise in international communication due to linguistic differences.

Relevant Degrees

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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 courses from any Majors, Minors or courses on the following list:

Arabic major

Burmese Language minor

Chinese Language major

French Language and Culture major

German Language and Culture major

Hindi Language major

Indonesian Language major

Italian Language and Culture major

Japanese Language major

Korean Language major

Literary Chinese Minor

Mongolian Language minor

Persian major

Russian minor

Sanskrit Language major

Spanish major

Tetum Language minor

Thai Language major

Tok Pisin Language minor

Vietnamese Language major

INDG2003 Gamilaraay - Introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language

INDG2004 Continuing Gamilaraay

INDG2005 Introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language

INDG2006 Continuing Australian Indigenous Language 

LING2107 Advanced Academic English

PORT1001 Introductory Portuguese I

PORT1002 Introductory Portuguese II

PORT2001 Continuing Portuguese I

PORT2002 Continuing Portuguese II

TURK1001 Elementary Turkish A

TURK1002 Elementary Turkish B

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

LING2021   Cross Cultural Communication   

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

ANTH1003   Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality

ANTH2009   Culture and Development   

ANTH2017   Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today   

ANTH2025   Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective   

ANTH2129   Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood

ANTH2130   Violence and Terror   

ANTH3017   Indigenous Worlds: Challenges of Emergence, Recognition, and Change   

ASIA2001   Language in Asia and the Pacific   

ASIA2014   China: Language, Discourse and Political Culture   

ASIA2308   Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific   

ASIA2311   Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific   

ASIA2516   Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development   

BUSI3029   Cross-Cultural Management   

GEND2035   Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective   

HIST2243   Vikings, Crusades, Mongols: Shaping Medieval Europe, c. 850–1300   

HUMN2001  Introduction to Digital Humanities and Public Culture - Tools, Theories and Methods

INDG1001   Country, Kinship and Continuities: An Introduction to Australian Indigenous Studies 

INDG2001   Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management   

INDG2003   Gamilaraay - introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language

INDG2004   Continuing Gamilaraay

INDG2005   Introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language

INDG2006   Continuing Australian Indigenous Language 

LANG3001   Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts   

LANG3002   Translation across Languages: specialised material 

LING1002   Language and Society   

LING2015   Language, Culture, Translation   

LING2018   Languages in Contact   

LING2027 Language and Society in Latin America

LING2106   Language and Social Interaction   

LING2040   Austronesian languages   

LING3031   Papuan Languages   

LING3035   Semantic Typology

LING3036   Advanced Sociolinguistics

MEAS2000   Iranian History and Culture   

MEAS2003   Modern Turkey: History, Politics and Culture     

PASI3001   Politics and Development in the Contemporary Pacific

POLS2101   Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Centuries   

POLS3037 Globalisation: Communications, Culture and Democracy

SCOM3029   Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication     

SOCY2163 Identity, Difference and Racism

SPAN3031   Advanced Spanish Topics in Language and Linguistics   

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