Course syllabus


GLOBAL  100:  Intercultural Communication

Semester 1 2018

15 points

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Course Convenors: 



Dr Hilary Chung

Course coordinator

Room 437 Arts 2 Building, Ext. 84603

Office hours: Tuesday, 10 am – 11 am, Thursday 12-1 pm


Dr Louisa Buckingham 

Room 204 Arts 2 Building, Ext. 87045

Office hour: Thursday, 2 pm – 3 pm


Professor Martin East

Room 322, Arts 2 Building, Ext. 88585

Office hour: by appointment




Guest Lecturers:

Professor Tracey McIntosh, Te Wānanga o Waipapa - School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies

Dr Melani Anae, Te Wānanga o Waipapa - School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies

Kylie Ryan, Well-being Educator Health & Counselling Service, the University of Auckland

Course tutors: 

Svetlana Kostrykina

Room 309   Arts 2 Building,   Ext. 88944

Office hour: by appointment


Judy McFall-McCaffery & LLS team

Room G28, General Library  Ext. 83165

Office hour: by appointment


Nisha Ghatak
16 Symonds St., Mona Building,

Office Hour: Friday,  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Course delivery format:

Two hours of lectures and one hour of tutorials per week

(Timetable and room details can be viewed on Student Services Online)

Summary of Course Description:              

This is the Stage I core course for all Bachelor of Global Studies majors.

Part 1 (first two weeks) is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Global Studies and explores the skills and approaches you need to successfully complete your degree.

Part 2 explores issues related to intercultural communication from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students are introduced to historical and contemporary concepts, ideas, and frameworks necessary for critically reflecting on perceptions of cultural difference, identity, and cross-cultural communication.

It is structured around a selection of the following themes:

  • Cultural perceptions and values: ethnicity, race, gender, religion
  • Language use in home and institutional settings
  • Intercultural communicative competence
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Misunderstandings, otherisation and conflict
  • Transnational identities and migration
  • Multicultural communities
  • Media and digital culture
  • Multi-ethnic workplaces

The course will enable you to identify and explain challenges relating to communication in multi-ethnic and multilingual societies in local, regional, and global contexts. You will apply knowledge and skills gained in this course to critically describe aspects relating to communication across cultures.

We will use our geolocation in the South Pacific as a significant reference point and you will be encouraged to draw on your own experiences interacting with other cultures and languages in Auckland during classes and in assignments.


Please see Course outline for details.

Assignment 1 (Individual assessment) (10%) (750 words)

  • Conceptualising Global Studies

Written assignment – conceptualising Global Studies: a formal, reflective response to the first two weeks of the course  (due end week 2)

In-Class tests  (25% x 2)

  • Two in class tests (each worth 25%), one in week 6 and one in week 12           

Assignment 2 (Part A & Part B)

Part A: Team project assessment (15%)

  • Exploring intercultural communication (Group work)

Students create a film in small groups. This will consist of a creative presentation in which students demonstrate their understanding of intercultural communication concepts discussed during the course and apply these to a specific situation relevant to New Zealand. Students will develop the skills required to communicate orally and visually to a generalist audience. 

Part B: Individual assessment (25%)  (2000 words)  

  • Critical discussion of an aspect of intercultural communication

This consists of an analytical essay drawing on academic literature related to the same topic area as the student’s film presentation (Part A). The assignment will require students to demonstrate their understanding of how the topic has been addressed by different authors or from different perspectives, and discuss how the topic may be experienced and understood in a New Zealand context. 

 Workload and deadlines for submission of coursework:           

The University of Auckland's expectation is that students spend 10 hours per week on a 15-point course, including time in class and personal study. Students should manage their academic workload and other commitments accordingly. 

Course summary:

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