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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of cultural competence through critical self-reflection and an appreciation of diverse cultural values and perspectives
2 contextualise historical forces involving 'Asia' and the world that shape contemporary Australian society and culture
3 evaluate core issues and themes regarding the interconnections between Australia, Asia and the world
4 critically evaluate the media in relation to Australia and Asia
5 understand the significance of national and cultural identity.

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:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  2. contextualise historical forces involving 'Asia' and the world that shape contemporary Australian society and culture
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. evaluate core issues and themes regarding the interconnections between Australia, Asia and the world
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  4. critically evaluate the media in relation to Australia and Asia
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  5. understand the significance of national and cultural identity.
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • Sobocinska, A, 2014, Visiting the Neighbours: Australians in Asia, NewSouth Publishing, UNSW Press, Australia. ISBN: 978-1742233895.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.