Course Title: Intercultural Communication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Intercultural Communication

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU1025

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

SOCU1025

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017

SOCU2252

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2019,
Viet3 2019,
Viet3 2020,
Viet1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Chantal Crozet

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 5211

Course Coordinator Email: chantal.crozet@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.35

Course Coordinator Availability: By email appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to enable you to communicate, negotiate and continue to learn across diverse social and cultural settings and prepare you for work, study or research in intercultural environments. You will have the opportunity to develop an enhanced awareness of your own social and cultural background/context and how that can impact on intercultural communication and processes. You will practice your developing knowledge, critical thinking through reading, the use of audiovisual resources, practical exercises, discussions and case study scenarios. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) BH105 and Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)/Social Science (Psychology) BH106

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts
  • Work with others in a  range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness while promoting respectful, ethical and reflective practice

Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies BP204

  •  Effectively use a range of communication and conflict management skills to work productively in culturally diverse contexts
  • Reflect on and implement ethical practice and social responsibility in diverse international and cross cultural settings

Bachelor of Criminology & Psychology BP295

  •  Recognise the social and environmental causes and impacts of crime and justice, both independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Create effective communications on criminological topics in a range of formats, and demonstrate awareness of social and cultural diversity relevant to communicating in criminal justice settings.

Diploma of Languages DP005

  • Communicate effectively in the target language in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
  • Adapt and develop effective communication strategies to address intercultural diversity in local and global situations
  • Reflect on the role of the languages in cultures and societies, and apply this knowledge in local and global situations

Bachelor of International Studies BP332 and Bachelor of International Studies (Development) BP332DEV

  •  Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks.
  •  Work professionally and effectively with others in diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts, and to adapt practices and knowledge to local circumstances.
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles.
  •  Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross- cultural settings and to act in professionalised settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity.

Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) BP332LAN

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of language, global cultures, international relations,   and economic issues to your professional practice or further study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems.
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks.
  •  Work professionally and effectively with others in diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts, and to adapt practices and knowledge to local circumstances.
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles.
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross- cultural settings and to act in professional settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity.

Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) BP048

  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks.
  • Work professionally and effectively with others in diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts, and to adapt practices and knowledge to local circumstances.
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles.
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professionalised settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity.


Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to: 

  1. Understand and use scholarly and professional theory as well as terminology related to language, culture, identity and power
  2. Situate yourself within a diversity framework and reflect on the implications in your personal and professional life
  3. Apply effective verbal and non-verbal cross-cultural engagement in personal and professional contexts 
  4. Effectively communicate within diverse group settings
  5. Critically analyse and manage contemporary social and cultural conflicts that affect you or your chosen professional.
  6. Develop academic research & writing skills.  


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include online interactive tutorial activities focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures, guest speakers and online media. In tutorials you will also develop academic skills including analytical reading and academic writing. In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the weekly reading materials. The tutorials offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations. 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems  

You will be given online access to a wide range of resources, weekly readings and audiovisual materials.  

You will be able to access a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from via myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment tasks 

Assessment 1: Ongoing assessment (e.g. contribution to peer learning, reading logs) 20% (CLO1, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6) 

Assessment 2: Linguistic & cultural autobiography 20% (CLO1, CLO2, CLO5, CLO6) 

Assessment 3: Quiz 20% (CLO1, CLO3, CLO5) 

Assessment 4: Critical linguistic & cultural profile 40% (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6) 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks. 

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions. 

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: Student Responsibilities Statement