1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
9 units of Second Level topics
Enrolment not permitted
LING9001 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic further examines the issues of language, culture and communication as they apply to cross-cultural contexts. Students are encouraged to explore differing norms of interaction across speech communities and how people negotiate cross-cultural communication in diverse settings, including everyday encounters and the workplace.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • provide students with analytical skills for assessing the significance of cultural contexts and communication in linguistically diverse societies

  • develop practice in the skills of ethnographic fieldwork, particularly in everyday encounters and workplace contexts

  • encourage students to communicate more effectively while enhancing their inter-cultural understanding
Expected learning outcomes
On completing this topic students will be able to:

  • demonstrate their analytical skills by applying general concepts in specific ethnographic contexts

  • carry out an ethnographic field project assessing the significance of key concepts in inter-cultural communication

  • effectively articulate their own personal beliefs and assess their values in relation to their observations of communication in a range of cross- (and inter-) cultural contexts