Cultural Fluency

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 1
Term 2
Module code

Module overview

This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to the concept of cultural fluency, raising questions such as: What is culture? What does it mean to study other cultures? How do different cultures relate to each other? The importance of language learning and other aspects of communication in cultural understanding is stressed. Students consider the relationship between culture and globalisation: Is there such a thing as global culture? What does it mean to be a global citizen? They are encouraged to think critically about their own cultures and citizenships. Students develop the digital portfolio that they began in the Digital Skills and Technology module in term 1, incorporating content demonstrating their growing cultural fluency.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module


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

  1. Identify the different forces and power relations that shape languages and cultures
  2. Discuss the importance of representation in shaping language and culture
  3. Investigate theoretical debates related to the study of language and culture.

Explain how the learning outcomes fit with the programme(s) for which the module will be available:

The knowledge and understanding delivered in the module and the skills to be developed have been determined with the programme aims in mind – including the overall aim of preparing students for UG study at SOAS. Cultural Fluency is one of key programme learning outcomes.




  • Seminars: 2 hours per week


Scope and syllabus


  • The concept of culture and cultural studies
  • Nationalism
  • Education
  • Colonialism
  • Gender
  • Feminism
  • Globalisation
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Language and semiotics
  • Representation
  • Development of a portfolio


Method of assessment


  • Oral Presentation (30%)
  • Digital portfolio (70%)



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