Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics

Graduates of the Masters of Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics are uniquely qualified to apply linguistic skills and know-how in today’s globalized professional and community settings. The course has a special emphasis on cultural diversity in the language of professional and social engagement. Students learn core concepts of language and culture, and gain skills in applying them in areas ranging from business to education, community relations, media, medicine, and law.

The program offers exciting opportunities for students to deepen their knowledge of linguistics and crosscultural communication, and to develop new skills by putting that knowledge into practice. In core units of study, students analyze the forms and functions of language, in both spoken and written forms, and study ways in which language connects with visual context, including gesture, image, film and sound, paying special attention to social media and digital platforms. Students develop a critical awareness of the connections between language, culture, and society, and their relation to differences in the forms of power and opportunity that are available to people in an ever-globalising world, depending on the language – or kind of language – they use.

Graduates from this program will be equipped to address a range of real world issues in language and communication, in areas as diverse as public relations in business, broadening literacy in multilingual education, avoiding cultural misunderstandings in community engagement, navigating legal language, interpreting news discourse, and improving care-provider/patient communication in health settings.

The program’s advanced units of study provide students with opportunities to gain experience and skills in professional practice relating to applications of crosscultural and linguistic knowledge and skills, as well as to pursue more academically focused research as a foundation for higher degree research.

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