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AUS5025 - Australia in Global Perspective

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Andrew Hassam


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Contemporary Australia is experiencing global challenges, such as the movement of refugees, threats to the environment, communications technologies and international terrorism. Australia in Global Perspective looks at Australia in an international context and considers the impact on Australia of transnational organisations, movements and networks, ranging from Nike through Greenpeace to the United Nations. Through short assignments and guided project work, this interdisciplinary unit enables students to develop an ability to critically engage with differing analyses of transnational issues as they affect Australia.


Upon completing this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify, represent and critically engage with differing views relating to transnational issues as they impact on Australia, especially the concept of 'glocalisation';
  2. recognise and account for the effects of globalisation in Australia, including the changing role of government and changing patterns of work and consumption;
  3. recognise, represent and critically reflect upon ideas and concepts from diverse cultures, and develop the ability to reflect on one's own cultural values;
  4. reflect on personal learning and respond productively to constructive feedback from one's peers;
  5. utilise proficiently a range of IT resources such as word processing and email, search databases and text files, and locate, employ and evaluate internet sites;
  6. communicate ideas to an international audience with clarity, coherence and persuasiveness;
  7. employ effective essay and report writing skills showing ability to integrate and critically assess material from a variety of sources relating to Australia in a global context;
  8. work collaboratively within international groups, and contribute creatively, flexibly and adaptively to the achievement of shared goals;
  9. work independently and to deadlines within a guided framework, with a capacity to define problems/questions and to know how to set about finding answers;
  10. Undertake social science research using interviews or questionnaires.


Participation (on-campus) Learning journal (off-campus) (1000) : 10%
Short assignment (2 x 1500 words) (3000) : 30%
Project proposal and literature review (1000) : 15%
Research project (4000) : 45%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2-hour seminar) per week (on-campus students only)