University of Technology Sydney

57208 Communication Global Internship

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UTS: Communication: Strategic Communication
Credit points: 8 cp
Result type: Grade, no marks

Description

This subject provides an intensive internship or practicum experience in an international context. The program encourages authentic learning and offers a global experience in which students apply their disciplinary knowledge and technical and multimodal skills within an international host organisation. The experience is intended to help students develop their capacities for crosscultural communications and adaptability in the increasingly competitive and globalised communications workforce.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

a. Apply disciplinary knowledge and technical skills in an international context
b. Reflect on the practices and values of the work environment in the host nation
c. Learn independently and adapt to dynamic work experience
d. Engage with the activities and expectations of the international program
e. Clearly communicate information in a professional manner

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

  • Locate, gather, organise and synthesise information across diverse platforms to guide their mastery of contemporary communication issues and challenges (2.3)
  • Recognise and negotiate cultural differences (3.1)
  • Graduates are able to continually reflect on and interrogate their cultural values, and those of colleagues and organisations (3.2)
  • Graduates are able to persuade and engage diverse audiences through both written and oral communication strategies, across a range of media formats, with consideration of others' needs and views (6.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject provides an immersive, practical learning experience in an international location. Students’ learning is also supported by subject readings and interactive online correspondence with teaching staff at UTS before, during and after the international program. Assessed exercises will allow students to consider aspects of intercultural learning and professionalism to help prepare them for their practical experience in a different society and culture. Students will engage in a program of critical reading. During the in-country program, students will participate in a program with the host organisation designed to give them practical work and problem-solving experience. Students will also collaboratively and individually critically reflect on their own experiences and learning after returning to their home country/Australia.

Content (topics)

The subject will include content on notions of culture, professional conduct, intercultural awareness, communication strategies and working in globalised societies.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Intercultural Reflection

Objective(s):

b, c, d and e

Weight: 15%
Length:

500 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Depth of critical reflection on aspects of host society 40 b, c, d 3.1
Awareness of cultural and/or professional assumptions 40 b 3.2
Clarity of expression 10 e 6.1
Coherence of structure 10 e 6.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Intercultural Report

Objective(s):

a, b, c, d and e

Weight: 25%
Length:

1500 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Depth of critical reflection on aspects of host society 30 b, c, d 3.1
Awareness of cultural and/or professional assumptions 20 b 3.2
Clarity of expression 10 e 6.1
Coherence of structure 10 e 6.1
Cogency of integration of critical academic literature 30 a 2.3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Presentation and portfolio

Objective(s):

a, b, d and e

Weight: 60%
Length:

5-7 minute presentation; three examples of work, nature and length negotiated with subject coordinator

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Depth of reflection in presentation 20 a, b 3.2
Use of concepts from academic literature in critical reflection 30 a, b, e 2.3
Clarity and succinctness of presentation 20 e 6.1
Proficiency in disciplinary skills demonstrated in portfolio materials 30 a, d, e 6.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

  • Students must read and acknowledge the learning contract that will be posted on UTSOnline prior to departure. This will outline: the university’s duty of care; the student’s rights and responsibilities; and the host’s responsibilities.

  • Students must actively participate in the internship/practicum of the host organisation.

  • As evidence of completion, students make an online submission via UTSOnline of a statement of completion and/or attendance. E.g. statement from host organisation; certificate of completion etc.. Failure to complete the internship/practicum will result in a Fail grade for the subject (excluding exceptional circumstances such as sickness, misadventure etc.).