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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

National Centre For Australian Studies


Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen



  • Term 3 2016 (Flexible)



This intensive unit will examine one of the largest and most visible refugee movements of the late twentieth century, in which more than two million Vietnamese left their homeland in the two decades following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. It will include a field trip to Vietnam and Indonesia, and explore the site of the former refugee camp of Pulau Galang in Indonesia. Galang is a site of pilgrimage for survivors and the only former refugee camp to have been preserved. A series of lectures and seminars will introduce students to the experiences of Vietnamese refugees, and students will be able to reflect on the refugees' journeys, their resettlement experiences in Australia, and the nature of remembrance.


  1. An understanding of a major refugee movement of the late twentieth century and the response to this movement;
  2. An understanding of Australia's largest refugee community and engagement with another culture;
  3. An insight into experiences of loss and trauma, and the written and oral narratives of refugees;
  4. An appreciation of cross-national remembrance of the Vietnamese diaspora in Australia and Indonesia;
  5. An ability to write critically and explore complex questions on memory and the aftermath of conflict.


Field trip to Southeast Asia - Indonesia and Vietnam


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.