Communication: A Linguistic Approach

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Communication: A Linguistic Approach

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course adopts a thematic approach to communication, exploring how people communicate effectively both within academic contexts and across other professional, cultural and social settings.
    Course Introduction
    This course examines basic conceptualisations of communication focusing on the role that language plays in the process, and introduces some key perspectives from which communication can be investigated. It is also a vehicle for showcasing topics that students will explore over the course of the LAL degree.
    Being a foundational course, the tutorials also focus on essential areas of undergraduate research and a wide range of academic skills development activities, such as using databases, developing sound arguments, critical reading and notetaking, finding sources of evidence, and applying these and other skills to the context of communication.
    Course Aims
    This course focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts (e.g., interpersonal, intercultural, intergroup and so on) and media (e.g., face-to-face, on-line).
    The course has three main aims:
    1) to introduce students to the area of communication, explore its relationship with language and examine different perspectives from which communication processes can be investigated;
    2) to showcase the areas taught in the School of LAL, so that students can structure their degrees effectively around concentration areas that are interesting to them;
    3) to develop basic academic skills upon which to build in future couses
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 have a better understanding of the relationship between language and communication
    2 improve your communicative competence
    3 have a deeper understanding of the factors that impact on the communication process
    4 acquire the conceptual and linguistic instruments to discuss and analyse the central issues in the area of communication
    5 apply academic skills to specific research contexts and transfer these skills to future course work

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Portfolio - evidence
    Quiz/report on weekly reading


    Test or quiz


    Presentation - technical or professional
    Lightning talk


    Assignment - Research-based Assignment
    Written Assignnment


    Exam - selected response
    End of Semester Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.