Crossing Bridges: Communicating between Cultures

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Crossing Bridges: Communicating between Cultures

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Intercultural Communications

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    How people negotiate meaning across cultural boundaries, with special reference to the differing expressions of politeness, cultural sensitivity, negotiation, explicit & covert language, & their relation to local & international cultures.

    Course Introduction
    COMU1002 is a first-year introductory and survey course in communicating between cultures. It is intended for students from any discipline, and does not assume previous knowledge of languages or cultures.

    Learning Objectives

    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:


    1. understand the complexities of communicating across cultural boundaries;
    2. analyze the factors facilitating and hindering intercultural communication;
    3. relate these factors to actual situations, and to their treatment in the literature;
    4. read the literature with understanding and critical awareness, and apply it to the analysis of communicating situations, contexts and issues.


    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour


    Assessment Summary

    Group Project: 25%

    Essay: 25%

    In Class Quiz: 20%

    Journal: 30%

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