Details for Intercultural Communication

The world is rapidly changing. It’s hard to keep up with an evolving cultural landscape. Do you understand what’s happening? Do you understand your own worldview? Are you equipped to communicate competently with people from different cultures? Using over twenty years of expertise in intercultural communication, Professor Arasaratnam-Smith tackles these questions and much more in this stimulating and pragmatic subject.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: COM505
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Lily Arasaratnam-Smith


The following courses are prerequisites:

  • Completion of a 400 level subject

Awards offering Intercultural Communication

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Analyse and critique relevant literature in intercultural communication;
  2. Interpret theoretical concepts to practical contexts;
  3. Discuss how culture influences communication and the processes involved in pragmatically developing intercultural communication competence.

Subject Content

  • Social cognition
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Acculturation
  • Engaging with other worldviews
  • Intercultural communication competence

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forums (20%)
  • Reflections (20%)
  • Group Presentation and Annoated Bibliography (20%)
  • Essay (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • Arasaratnam, L. A. Perception and communication in intercultural spaces. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2011.

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