Intercultural Interaction

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Intercultural Interaction

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, Intercultural Communications, International Communications, Linguistics, Multicultural Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 units of credit at Level 1

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course is designed for students with an interest in intercultural interaction, including communication among people from different languages and cultures in varying contexts. The course is of relevance to many fields of study, owing to the increasing phenomenon of globalisation in all aspects of our political, economic, professional and social lives. The course content includes the basic concepts of linguistic and non-linguistic realisations of culture, as well as an understanding of how these play out in the case of social, political, and religious contexts, intra-culturally and interculturally. Issues of power, distance and difference are seen as crucial notions in contexts of linguistic interaction. Interaction is viewed as management of communication, including negotiation, conflict and power relations. Students with a diverse range of interests, including but not limited to, languages, linguistics, media and communication and international relations are eligible to take the course. It is recommended that students who take this course have experience of more than one language. Much of the content of the course involves students in interactive scenarios, reflective activities, and working towards analytic conclusions.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.


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