• 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. critically examine 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. explain the sources of miscommunication between speakers of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds who communicate using English as a lingua franca;
  4. demonstrate and understanding of potential sources of miscommunication within multilingual and multi-cultural societies such as Australia; and
  5. 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

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

LING2021   Cross Cultural Communication   

12 units from completion of courses from the following language Majors, Minors or courses on the following list:

Ancient Greek major

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

Latin major

Literary Chinese Minor

Mongolian Language minor

Persian major

Russian minor

Sanskrit Language major

Spanish major

Tetum Language minor

Thai Language major

Tibetan Language minor

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 courses in the Linguistics major or courses on the following breadth list:

Linguistics major

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

ASIA2014 China: Discourse and Political Culture

ASIA2084 Study Tour: Modern Mongolia - Challenges to the Environment, Economy and Empire

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

HIST2205 Europe and the Atlantic World, c.1492-1776

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

INDG2001 Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management

LANG3001 Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts

MEAS2000 Iran: History, Politics and Culture

MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Politics and Culture

PASI3001 Politics and Development in the Contemporary Pacific

POLS2135 Race, Ethnicity and Representation

SCOM3029 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication

SPAN3031 Advanced Spanish Topics in Language and Linguistics

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