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*WKU Faculty Led: Australian Communication and Culture
Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Program Cost: Winter
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2016 11/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 12/28/2015 01/12/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Good Academic Standing with WKU Program Catagory: WKU Faculty Led
Faculty Leader:
Kong, Jieyoung, Schiess, Donna Colonnade Credit: No
Program Description:
This course examines how communication patterns are influenced by surrounding cultures and how culture is created and sustained through communication. It is designed to prepare students to effectively adapt and succeed in a contemporary world that is becoming more and more culturally diverse. Students will be exposed to a variety of communication contexts from interacting with Australian students and faculty at Deakin University to a Victorian indigenous outpost. Students will complete an orientation before travel that includes an interactive Australian online component as well as selected readings on Victoria and indigenous and refugee populations to better prepare them for critical analysis upon arrival.

Course Offered:
  • COMM 400

Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply major communication theories and fundamental concepts of culture and intercultural communication to the real world.
  • Enhance respect for diversity of peoples, ideas, and cultures within a global context.
  • Demonstrate competent oral and written communication skills appropriate for an educated person within an intercultural context.
  • Discuss relevant literature designed to advance understanding of the scope of historical cultural influence on communication patterns in Australia.
  • Reflect upon similarities and differences in communication patterns in Australia. 

Logistical Considerations

  • Independent travel (before and/or after the programs start and end date) is permitted with prior notification to Program Leaders.  There may be medical insurance issues to deal with, as well as changes to the airline reservations (with possible additional cost to participant), so advanced notice is required.
  • The course includes a group flight that originates and returns to Nashville.
  • International travel requires all participants to have a valid passport. If you don't have a passport, get one immediately.

  • Students should be prepared to conduct themselves in a mature and respectful manner at all times.

  • This program will also include a fair amount of walking in both rural and metropolitan areas. Proper shoes required.

  • Australia in January experiences summer weather. Proper attire required.
Australia Communications
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