Master of Crosscultural Communication

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The Master of Crosscultural Communication is an exciting field of study in today’s globalised world, examining how communication happens in different societies (crosscultural communication), and how people from different societies interact (intercultural communication).

The Master of Crosscultural Communication is designed for people working, or aspiring to work, in sectors such as education, law, health, business, marketing and advertising, diplomacy, media, tourism, government and non-government organisations.

In this degree you will develop an understanding of how languages work, how societies and cultures differ and the variety of ways in which people from different societies and cultural backgrounds communicate using languages. On this foundation, you will be able to analyse intercultural communication.

You are provided with the flexibility to select your own pathway of electives such as: language, communication and translation; global communication; culture, religion, media and visual communication.

You can also choose to study a particular society, or to focus on a research project.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Further course information

Study plan

The MCC requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and

(b) a maximum of 42 credit points from elective or core elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the Crosscultural Communication subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including from units of study offered by other faculties; and

(c) 6 credit points from capstone units of study.

The remaining units of study may be chosen to form one of the following pathways: language, communication and translation; communication in different media; global communication; culture, religion and visual communication; or area studies (Arab World, Asia and Europe). Candidates electing to undertake a dissertation (12cp) must prepare a research proposal and discuss their topic with the academic coordinator prior to enrolling. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation is normally undertaken over two semesters and comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 12,000 words.

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Crosscultural Communication have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study with a value of 12 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Candidates electing to undertake a dissertation (12cp) must prepare a research proposal and discuss their topic with the academic coordinator prior to enrolling. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation is normally undertaken over two semesters and comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 12,000 words.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Crosscultural Communication equips graduates for a career in education, law, health, business, marketing and advertising, diplomacy, media, tourism, government and non-government organisations. This postgraduate qualification may also enable graduates to pursue further study or research opportunities.

Further study

The Master of Crosscultural Communication has been designed for those working or aspiring to work in sectors such as tourism, marketing and advertising, business, diplomacy, media, policy-making and co-operation between government and non-government organizations. Students will develop the tools to analyze crosscultural communication on the basis of a sound grounding in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and the ethnography of communication, learning to communicate creatively across cultural boundaries.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the degree requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

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