International Languages and Cultures (2023)

International Languages and Cultures provide students with both cultural knowledge and communication skills in Chinese, French, Japanese or Spanish. A Major in this field will combine papers in intercultural communication, language and culture. Students are given the option of developing language skills in one or more languages whilst learning about international cultures across the globe.

International Languages and Cultures is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA). International Languages and Cultures may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled. For students seeking to add a second language alongside their Major language specialisation, Minors in Chinese, French, Japanese or Spanish are also available.

To complete International Languages and Cultures as a single major for the BA students must gain 135 points from papers listed for International Languages and Cultures, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include INTLC102 and 15 points from the 100 level papers listed, LINGS203 and 30 points from the 200 level papers listed, INTLC304, 15 points from INTLC301, CHINE331, FRNCH331, JAPAN331, SPNSH331 or INTLC380 and 30 points from the 300 level papers listed.

Within the major in International Languages and Cultures, there are four language specialisations:

Chinese French Japanese Spanish

To complete a major in International Languages and Cultures, with a specialisation in either Chinese, French, Japanese or Spanish students must gain at least 60 points from one of the specialisation lists below:

Chinese: CHINE131, CHINE231, CHINE232, CHINE331, CHINE332, INTLC301 or INTLC303.

French: FRNCH131, FRNCH231, FRNCH232, FRNCH331, FRNCH332, INTLC301 or INTLC317.

Japanese: JAPAN131, JAPAN231, JAPAN232, JAPAN331, JAPAN332, INTLC301 or INTLC303.

Spanish: SPNSH131, SPNSH231, SPNSH232, SPNSH331, SPNSH332, INTLC301 or INTLC312.

To complete International Languages and Cultures as part of a double major for the BA or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for International Languages and Cultures, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include INTLC102 and 15 points from the 100 level papers listed, LINGS203 and 30 points from the 200 level papers listed, INTLC304, 15 points from INTLC301, CHINE331, FRNCH331, JAPAN331, SPNSH331 or INTLC380 and 15 points from the 300 level papers listed.

To complete a minor in International Languages and Cultures, students must complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for International Languages and Cultures, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete INTLC101 or INTLC102, INTLC304 and 30 points from CHINE or FRNCH or JAPAN or SPNSH coded papers.

Note: Students with prior knowledge of the language they wish to specialise in must follow recommendations for entry points in the relevant subject or consult the relevant Programme Convenor before enrolling in language acquisition papers.

Note: Students are encouraged to contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office for programme advice.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(IntLang&Culture) and GradDip(IntLang&Culture)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included International Languages and Culture at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.

  • Graduate Study

    International Languages and Culture is not currently a subject for the BA(Hons) or MA. However, graduates of a BA in International Languages and Culture with a B average may be eligible to enter graduate papers in the language they have chosen for the INTL&C major, at the discretion of the Head of the School of Arts.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    CHINE131Chinese for Beginners15.023B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces you to the Chinese writing system, pinyin, and tones. You will also learn the basics of greetings and self-introductions in Chinese. The paper is for complete beginners only.
    FRNCH131French for Beginners15.023B (Hamilton)
    Learn the basics of written and spoken French including greetings, family, city life and daily routines. No previous knowledge of French is needed.
    INTLC101International Languages and Cultures15.023B (Hamilton) & 23G (Online)
    This paper introduces students to major world cultures and their languages in a comparative context. Students will gain a critical understanding of culture and diversity through examining the languages and cultures of China, France, Japan, Korea, Spain and Latin America.
    INTLC102Communicating Across Cultures15.023A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces core elements of communication across major world cultures, and enables you to acquire basic language skills for everyday situations in Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.
    JAPAN131Japanese for Beginners15.023B (Hamilton)
    This paper assumes no previous knowledge of Japanese. It takes an integrated approach to the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    KOREA131Korean Language for Beginners 115.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online)
    This language acquisition paper is designed for absolute beginners. Students will acquire basic written and spoken communication skills in Korean.
    SPNSH131Spanish for Beginners15.023B (Hamilton)
    Learn the basics of written and spoken Spanish including greetings, family, city life and daily routines. No previous knowledge of Spanish is needed.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    CHINE231Intermediate Chinese 115.023A (Hamilton)
    This paper will extend students' communication skills in Chinese across a range of everyday situations, including celebrations, seeking medical advice, arranging rental accommodation and shopping as a tourist.
    CHINE232Intermediate Chinese 215.023B (Hamilton)
    This paper will enable you to improve your Chinese communication skills across a range of everyday situations by expanding your understanding of more complex grammatical structures and vocabulary.
    FRNCH231Intermediate French 115.023A (Hamilton)
    Take your written and spoken French to the next level. This paper focuses on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the French language at an intermediate level.
    FRNCH232Intermediate French 215.023B (Hamilton)
    This paper is the continuation of FRNCH231.
    INTLC200Spanish & Latin American Business Culture: Intercultural Competence 115.023A (Online)
    In this intermediate paper, students will acquire knowledge of Spanish in a practical and professional context related to business and tourism. Additionally, students will acquire geographic literacy and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world and basic linguistic competence in Spanish.
    INTLC221Understanding East Asia15.023B (Hamilton)
    This paper offers a critical examination of historical traditions and contemporary life in East Asia within a global context. This paper is taught in English and is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of Chinese, Japanese or Korean.
    INTLC222Food Practices & Cultural Journeys15.023A (Online)
    Cooking and food is linked intrinsically to history: migration, immigration and colonisation and have all played a part in shaping national and regional identities. Using different media: art, painting, photography and film, we will explore the gastronomical changes and discoveries that have shaped nations.
    JAPAN231Basic Japanese 115.023A (Hamilton)
    This language acquisition paper is designed as a continuation from JAPAN131, a paper designed for absolute beginners. Students will acquire further basic written and spoken communication skills in Japanese language.
    JAPAN232Basic Japanese 215.023B (Hamilton)
    This language acquisition paper follows JAPAN231, a paper designed for learners with a rudimentary knowledge of Japanese. Students will acquire further basic written and spoken communication skills in Japanese language.
    KOREA231Korean Language 215.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Online)
    This language acquisition paper is designed as a continuation from KOREA131. Students will acquire further basic written and spoken communication skills in the Korean language.
    KOREA232Intermediate Korean Language 115.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online)
    The purpose of this paper is to help students build linguistic skills in Korean at a lower intermediate level and acquire cultural perspectives through their language learning.
    LINGS203Language, Society and Culture15.023B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the relationship between language and culture, particularly in the context of changing Pacific cultures, and relates topics to the main themes of modern linguistics and anthropology.
    SPNSH231Intermediate Spanish 115.023A (Hamilton)
    Extend your previous knowledge of Spanish to express past and future situations. Topics will include shopping, local places of interest, and employment.
    SPNSH232Intermediate Spanish 215.023B (Hamilton)
    Students will extend their language skills, and cover toipcs such as travelling, eating out and wellbeing.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    CHINE306Reading and Translation Skills: Chinese15.023A (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed primarily for native speakers of Chinese. It is taught bilingually and aims to improve students' bilingual reading skills and develop students' ability to translate from and into Chinese and English.
    CHINE331Advanced Chinese 115.023A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese 2.
    CHINE332Advanced Chinese 215.023B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of Advanced Chinese 1.
    FRNCH331Advanced French 115.023A (Hamilton)
    Use your French in practical contexts. This paper covers work, CV-writing, presentations, travel, accommodation and everyday life in France.
    FRNCH332Advanced French 215.023B (Hamilton)
    Extend your written and spoken French skills through creative writing and discussion of current affairs in France.
    INTLC301Research Methods in International Languages and Cultures15.023A (Hamilton) & 23B (Hamilton)
    After workshops covering intercultural contexts in research, bibliography, literature reviews, ethics, data collection and report writing, students will prepare a research project involving the Chinese-, French-, Japanese- or Spanish-speaking worlds.
    INTLC303Visual Cultures of East Asia15.023B (Hamilton)
    This paper critically examines key forms of East Asian visual culture, with a focus on film and art, and within a comparative context.
    INTLC304Cultural Identities in the Age of Globalisation15.023A (Online)
    This paper explores the formation of cultural identities and the challenges they face in the age of globalisation through case studies from the Hispanic, French, Japanese and Chinese speaking worlds.
    INTLC312Cultures of Spain: Negotiated Autonomies15.023B (Online)
    This paper, conducted in English, offers both a historical and a contemporary approach to regional and national identity construction in Spain. The paper aims to provide students with a solid foundation on Spanish, Galician, Catalan, Basque and other regional cultures. Through a selection of cultural readings, students will gain a ...
    INTLC317French Culture from Versailles to the Revolution15.023B (Hamilton)
    A study of France's literary, social, and historical movements from the Golden Age of Versailles through to the Enlightenment and the Revolution it inspired.
    INTLC380Study Abroad 115.023G (Block), 23I (Block) & 23X (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    JAPAN331Advanced Japanese 115.023A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on advanced Japanese language learning and is a continuation of JAPAN232.
    JAPAN332Advanced Japanese 215.023B (Hamilton)
    This paper is the continuation of JAPAN331.
    KOREA331Intermediate Korean Language 215.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Online)
    The purpose of this paper is to help students build linguistic skills in Korean at an upper intermediate level for everyday communication with native Korean speakers.
    SPNSH331Advanced Spanish 115.023A (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed to enhance proficiency in Spanish at an advanced level. It will focus on contemporary cultural issues, and historical themes related to pre-Hispanic indigenous civilizations.
    SPNSH332Advanced Spanish 215.023B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on advanced Spanish language learning and is a continuation of Advanced Spanish 1.

2023 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 30 September 2022 10:04am

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