Unit description

Explores the nature of issues and are introduced to the critical enquiry methods required in the context of Arts and Business Studies. Students will learn how to write a report and communicate their explanations and conclusions.

Unit content

The unit consists of ten topics:

  1. Academic tribes and academic enquiry in Arts and Business
  2. Introduction to critical thinking: what is an argument?
  3. Framing issues in media texts
  4. Sustainability: introduction, background principles and perspectives
  5. Unsustainable development and ways of living
  6. Approaches to Sustainability in Arts and Business
  7. Promoting Sustainability
  8. Initiatives: description and Discussion
  9. Report intensive – recommendations and conclusions
  10. Executive summaries and editing

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 3

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 3 hours (Once per week for 12 weeks)
Critical review20%
Report draft35%


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Critical review20%
Report draft35%

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

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Fee information


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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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