GLOBAL 100 Intercultural Communication


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

Part 1 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.


2020 Semester One



15 points