Communicating in Asian Contexts (ASNS6906)


This unit takes a cross-cultural approach to analysing the interactions of speakers of Asian languages and other language backgrounds, both Asian and non-Asian. Theoretical approaches are introduced through case studies, focusing on cultural key words, language systems and interaction styles. Students will reflect on their own cultures, languages and interaction styles, and undertake 'cross-cultural' or 'intercultural' research, using secondary and primary sources (including videos, interviews, chat rooms). This is not a language unit; no knowledge of Asian languages is assumed.

Further unit of study information


1x2hr seminar/week


Seminar participation (10%), Group work data-gathering presentation and report eqivalent to 1500wds (30%), 1x2000wd report/Essay (30%), 1x1hr Exam (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.