• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Major code ICOM-MAJ
International Communication Major

In the contemporary globalised world, where the tempo and intensity of international contacts are continually strengthening, international communication has become increasingly crucial. This interdisciplinary major is intended to help students understand cross-cultural and cross-linguistic issues involved in international communication and a working knowledge of another language.

International communication is inseparable from intercultural communication - in the era of 'global English' more than ever, since one 'international English' can conceal deep differences in cultural assumptions and understandings. This major will introduce students to issues involved in interaction between speakers from different language backgrounds and 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 an understanding of potential sources of miscommunication within multilingual and multi-cultural societies such as Australia; and
  5. communicate effectively in another language and understand the issues that can arise in international communication due to linguistic differences.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, of which:

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

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses

The 48 units must consist of:

6 units from completion of LING2021 Cross Cultural Communication

A minimum of 12 units and maximum of 18 units from completion of introductory, core, and/or disciplinary courses in the Linguistics major

24 units from completion of courses from any of the following language majors and minors, and 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

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

A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following breadth list:

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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