Culture of Communication

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring & Summer
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 26 June 2020
28 February 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B630 Speech and Language Therapy,
BSC B631 Speech and Language Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B632 Speech and Language Therapy (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module introduces students to the range of social contexts in which communication takes place. Students will also consider cultural, linguistic and environmental factors that can influence patterns of communication and access to core social contexts. Emphasis will be placed on valuing and respecting cultural, linguistic and environmental diversity.

Module aims

This module aims to develop your knowledge of core contexts and factors that can influence patterns of communication and access to these important social contexts. It will also enable you to consider how you (and wider society) can adapt your approach to meet the needs of people from diverse cultural, linguistic and environmental backgrounds and promote social inclusion.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of core social contexts relevant to the Speech & Language Therapy profession (e.g. home, education, health, social care)

Explain how cultural, linguistic, augmented communication & environmental factors can influence patterns of communication and access to core social contexts

Evaluate ways to meet the needs of people from diverse cultural, linguistic and environmental backgrounds to reduce inequality and promote social inclusion within core contexts.

Module information

This module is delivered half a day per week throughout the spring term via key note lectures, interactive lectures and workshops. You will be expected to actively participate in classroom activities, engage in learner led small groups and work independently to truly understand the content at a deep level. This will help enable you to apply your knowledge on placement and later in the degree programme.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered through a combination of interactive lectures, learner led small groups and individual study.


  • Hall, Bradford J.; Covarrubias, Patricia Olivia; Kirschbaum, Kristin A. (2018) Among cultures: the challenge of communication, New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Mooney, Annabelle; Evans, Betsy. (2015) Language, society and power: an introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Macionis, John J. (2018) Sociology, Harlow: Pearson.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Video Recorded Discussion    20% 
Coursework   Formative group discussion plan  24/02/2020   
Coursework   1500 word individual written assignment (Summative)  29/04/2020  80% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Miss Natasha Sore, email: nlsore@essex.ac.uk.
Natasha Sore
Cerys Somers/Hannah Duncan ipladmin@essex.ac.uk - 01206 874496



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 60 hours, 30 (50%) hours available to students:
30 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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