CM05 - Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Practice


Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Practice provides a structured learning experience to navigate different cultural contexts. Throughout this course you will be guided to make sense of your own cross-cultural experiences so you are able to develop an effective cross-cultural practice. This involves reflecting on your own behaviours, attitudes and perspectives to enable you to work and learn in partnership with members from diverse communities. You will learn from your own experiences, those of others, and through applying theories of cultural diversity to promote the co-generation of knowledge within partnerships and communities.

Career Information

Governments and non-government organisations are increasingly working in international and cross-cultural contexts. Examples include international aid and disaster relief situations, development programs, working with migrants and refugees, and working in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Practice can help equip these staff and volunteers to navigate and understand their own cultural disruptions associated with working in a different cultural context, and to develop closer and more productive relationships with local communities as a result of enhanced cross-cultural practices.

Course Details
Duration 0.5 years full-time or 1 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 24
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradCertCrCulPr
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2022


Term 1 - 2022


Term 2 - 2021

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International Availability

Term 2 - 2022

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Term 1 - 2022

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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

A 3 year Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution.

International students or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA must meet English Language Proficiency requirements. Minimum scores are:

  • IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5), or
  • TOEFL overall score of 75 with no score less than 17, or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic overall score of 54 with no score less than 46, or
  • Cambridge English Advanced overall test score of 169 (with no individual band score less than 154).

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study.

Security Requirements

Students may be required to undertake police checks when working in particular situations, such as with children, older adults or vulnerable people.

Health Requirements

Students may be required to be fully vaccinated or have other health checks when working in specific contexts.

Assumed Knowledge

This degree is recommended for people who are about to commence an international work or volunteer position and those about to commence or are currently working in any cross-cultural context.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

PBHL20010 - 120 hours of placement with a community-based organisation.
PBHL20009 - 120 hours of placement with a community-based organisation.
PBHL20008 - 25 hours of volunteering with a community-based organisation.

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 10
Second year 30
Third Year 30
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour
  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating the applicable codes of ethics as they apply in the practice of public health.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and taking responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.
  • Demonstrating respect for cultural diversity as well as individual differences and capacities in public health practice.
Behavioural Stability
  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance and being positive and receptive to constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner that shows respect for difference, including when dealing with difficult situations.
Legal Compliance
  • Complying with university and workplace policy with the use of social media, online discussion forums, email and other electronic forms of communication.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)
  • Verbally communicating public health knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Actively participating in discussion and course activities with appropriate use and command of language within the context.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Constructing fluent summarised written text from complex and detailed information.
  • Constructing coherent reports in a timely manner to meet professional standards and clearly communicating the intended message.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)
  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessments.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks and performing professional skills within reasonable set time-frames.
  • Constructing written text proficiently, in English, using appropriate vocabulary and conventions of speech, including being able to paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively in a professional setting.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)
  • Recognising and responding apropriately to verbal and non-verbal communicative cues.
  • Being aware of non-verbal communication and the social and cultural norms that underlie it.
  • Using own tone of voice, facial expressions, gestures, and body language to communicate effectively and appropriately in a mutlicultural setting.
Relational Skills
  • Initiating and maintaining effective relationships with peers, lecturers, and University staff.
  • Initiating and maintaining effective relationships with key community networks.
Reflective Skills
  • Undertaking regular self-assessment of emotional intelligence, recognising own responses and effects of own behaviour on others.
  • Critiquing own philosophical, attitudinal and cognitive foundations, and practicing and being willing to change these as necessary.
Sustainable Performance
  • Adhering to timelines for tasks and abiding by deadlines in the context of academic assignments.
  • Managing time, stress and relationships to achieve academic goals.
  • Allocating an appropriate amount of time to study on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
  • Keeping up with demands of collaborative work in the context of group projects and contribution to the teaching and learning environment.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)
  • Being physicallly present in class and/or placement when required.
  • Following directions in the context of learning and/or placement activities.
  • Using a computer and the online environemtn for study and collaboration.
Interpersonal Engagement
  • Demonstrating the skills of collaborating with fellow students and colleagues, modifying and reflecting on practice, or modifying and reflecting on work in response to supervisor feedback.
  • Building rapport with colleagues and stakeholders in order to engage them in effective public health practice.
  • Critically self-reflecting on situations that may or may not have gone well and  learning from those situations.
  • Interacting and engaging with individuals and groups in public health practice in a respectful and culturally competent manner in a wide variety of contexts.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities
  • Using a range of word processing programs and applications to produce assignments, reports, presentations, and videos.
  • Using the internet to find necessary information to support assignments, group work, and/or placement activities..
  • Using the University's Moodle system for autonomous learning and self-directed study and assessment.
  • Using Library databases to identify and locate scholarly articles relevant to assignments and personal learning.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Critically reflect on own cross-cultural experiences, attitudes and perspectives
  • 2. Initiate and maintain effective cross-cultural partnerships across a variety of contexts
  • 3. Utilise theories of cultural diversity and practice to promote the co-generation of knowledge.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3
1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications
11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications
13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
14. Course content drawn from higher education units
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

All four units of the Graduate Certificate in Cross-Cultural Practice must be completed.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PBHL20007 Cultural Immersion and Lived Experience
PBHL20008 Engaging with Cross-cultural Communities
PBHL20009 Health and Wellbeing in the Cross-Cultural Community
PBHL20010 Public Health Practice in the Cross-Cultural Community
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.