Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michelle Duffy


This unit provides a critical introduction to the processes, actors and ideas that underpin life in a globalised world. Students are introduced to historical, political and sociological perspectives that assist in making sense of global transformations and their effects upon people and their everyday experiences. This unit engages with questions such as: How does globalization shape everyday experiences and aspirations? In what ways does it contribute to social identities, divisions and forms of belonging? What strategies are pursued by different groups within the global community for creating a more just world? What role do ideas, values and belief systems play in shaping these strategies?


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Familiarity with the ways in which history, politics and sociology make sense of the actors and dynamics that comprise globalisation;
  2. Application of political, historical and sociological concepts to issues of global concern;
  3. Understanding of key ideas and debates concerning the evolution, features and social impacts of globalisation;
  4. Skills in the written presentation of an argument, including the ways in which scholars incorporate and acknowledge the ideas of others. discussing ideas, values, systems, actors and social configurations and their importance for globalised societies;
  5. A critical, questioning approach to reading/assessing scholarly material that provides a sound basis for further study in the disciplinary areas of history, politics and sociology.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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