Cross Cultural Communication


We are all shaped by our culture, often in ways that we may not realise. Communicating with people from differing cultures can be challenging. This subject aims to provide you with the knowledge, tools and perspectives to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries.
In this subject you will explore the significance of culture for communication and the process of contextualisation. You will study theories and models of cross-cultural communication, world views and their significance for cross-cultural communication, and the influence of social and power structures on communication. You will also look at the impact of language, body language and para-language; behavioural patterns, cultural norms and values such as honour/shame; the role of gender, media , space, time, para-language, artefacts and the environment.

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Subject Details 

Workload  One semester, 12 credit points
Status  Elective
Subject Code  EM008
Prerequisites  None
Teacher  Scott Moreau


  • What is cross- or inter- cultural communication? How communication works.
  • Overview of the discipline of intercultural communication and Christian mission history, worldview and intercultural communication
  • Verbal intercultural communication: societies and social institutions; networks, in-groups, and social change
  • Nonverbal intercultural communication
  • The importance of context and time, cultural approaches to time
  • Individualism, collectivism and social power
  • Gender roles, honour and justice
  • Cultural adaptation and intercultural competence
  • Issues and methods in intercultural evangelism
  • Intercultural discipleship and church planting
  • Cultural values in teaching and learning, working in teams
  • Conflict and culture

The videos are interspersed with case studies, online discussions, and panel discussions with other scholars.

Study Expectations
In online subjects you can expect to work through a variety of weekly learning activities which include watching videos, reading, completing set learning and assessment tasks and contributing to online forums and interacting with your peers. Allow 8–10 hours study time per week for this subject.


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