units

ATS2671

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLinguistics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Howard Manns

Notes

Previously coded LIN2160

Synopsis

This unit examines basic concepts of intercultural communication: face and politeness in language; the relation between cultural values and discourse; cultural variation in speech acts, turn taking rules and formulaic patterns; cultural differences in the organization of written and spoken discourse; and examines their interaction in intercultural communication in the global context. Case studies drawn from a wide variety of cultures will provide opportunities to examine language use in light of broader cultural, political and social issues such as stereotyping and discriminatory language, cultural expectation and attitudes, cultural awareness training, language reform and policies.

Outcomes

On the successful completion of this unit it is expected that students will:

  1. be sensitive to inter-cultural differences in communication patterns and cultural expectations
  2. know what kinds of questions to ask about communication patterns in a culture with which they are not (very) familiar
  3. be able to analyze what goes wrong in communication breakdown
  4. have encountered examples of inter-cultural communication

More generally students are expected to develop their abilities to:

  1. read and think critically
  2. use analytic and interpretive skills in dealing with language data
  3. present logical, coherent arguments both orally and in writing.

Assessment

Written assignments (3250 words): 75%
Exam (1000 words equivalent): 20%
Class/On-line participation (250 words equivalent): 5%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prohibitions

LIN2470, LIN3470, ATS3671, LLC2160, LLC3160