ATS3304 - Forms of identity - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Ms Susie Ho

Quota applies

This unit has a strict quota of 20 students due to venue size limitation.

Not offered in 2017


The unit is a interdisciplinary unit co-taught with Warwick University under the auspices of the Monash-Warwick Alliance. The unit examines and illuminates 'Identity' through a variety of approaches of different disciplines. The unit will:(1) Help students to grasp abstract and complex ideas from a range of disciplines (=multidisciplinary), and to synthesize these into thoughtful intellectual responses (=interdisciplinary), that lead students to insights that may lie beyond the scope of a single discipline (=transdisciplinary).(2) Help students understand the symbiotic potential of traditionally distinct disciplines.(3) Engage students fully with 'active' learning. It will be faithful to the notion that participation and experiential learning foster a deeper understanding of complex material.(4) Enhance and consolidate students' academic and research abilities, while also stimulating team-work and collaboration, thus creating a pool of transferable skills that students can acquire and practice.(5) Make productive links between theoretical ideas and practical applications.


The unit aims by studying 'Identity' to encourage students to:

  1. Investigate in detail the means by which identities are formed, changed, or imposed - as seen through the lenses of different disciplines.
  2. Understand notions such as the nature of individual identity broadly, national identity, bodily identity, gender identity, racial identity, and spiritual identity.
  3. Reflect both upon the increasing prominence of consumer, hybrid, border, and marginal identities, and the notion that identity can shift, that it can be fragmented, and that a variety of identities can exist simultaneously.
  4. Develop an awareness of how their subject knowledge and disciplinary approach can be made accessible to a wider public.
  5. Explore the relationship between the mind and body in the formation of identity.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS3953, MON3004