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Unit description

Introduces students to Australia, Asia and the World through a study of the historical, cultural, social and political implications of Australia in a globally interconnected world. By developing their contextual awareness and cultural competency, students orient themselves as citizens of the world.

Unit content

Module 1: Contexts and core concepts
Topic 1. A citizen of the world
Topic 2. Identity, values and worldviews
Topic 3. Towards cultural competence

Module 2: Global connections: Australia in the world - the world in Australia
Topic 4. Colonialism: The world and Australia
Topic 5. Legacies of White Australia: Race, culture and 'the Other'
Topic 6. Globalisation, borders and being local

Module 3: Situating Australia: Australia in Asia - Asia in Australia
Topic 7. The construction of Asia
Topic 8. Belonging, identity and representation
Topic 9. Travel, storytelling and representation
Topic 10. Situating Australia

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of cultural competence through critical self-reflection and an appreciation of diverse cultural values and perspectivesKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
2contextualise historical forces involving 'Asia' and the world that shape contemporary Australian society and cultureKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3evaluate core issues and themes regarding the interconnections between Australia, Asia and the worldCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
4critically evaluate the media in relation to Australia and AsiaKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
5understand the significance of national and cultural identity.Knowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skillsCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of cultural competence through critical self-reflection and an appreciation of diverse cultural values and perspectives
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. contextualise historical forces involving 'Asia' and the world that shape contemporary Australian society and culture
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. evaluate core issues and themes regarding the interconnections between Australia, Asia and the world
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. critically evaluate the media in relation to Australia and Asia
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. understand the significance of national and cultural identity.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

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