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Unit Overview


This unit explores the meaning of culture, its influence on people's lives, and its implications for interaction and communication. Using insights from a range of disciplines including Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Psychology, and Communications and Translation Studies, the unit raises students' awareness of the challenges of cross-cultural interaction and offers skills that can be used to improve cross-cultural engagement in a variety of contexts, including research, business and everyday interactions.

6 points

Students are able to (1) identify a range of cultural practices and the contexts in which they become relevant; (2) recognise the complexity of cultural difference and similarity within and outside of Australia; (3) apply their knowledge of cultural difference to a range of fields of experience; (4) understand ethnocentrism in their own context; and (5) positively engage with people from cultural backgrounds different from their own.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short answer assignment; (2) group assignment; and (3) major research assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Farida Fozdar
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
for Social Research Methods students: ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations, SOCS5003 Research Design, SOCS5005 Social Research Ethics
Contact hours
lectures and workshops: up to 3 hours per week
or intensively (12 x 3-hour sessions over 2 weeks)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.