ATS3319 - Cultural diversity in contemporary Europe - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett

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  • Term 4 2017 (On-campus block of classes)



The unit, presented over a four week period, involves a research-led case study of cultural diversity in Europe. Based at Monash University's Prato Centre, students will be introduced to the main overarching theories concerning migration and cultural diversity. Within these overarching theories, students will also encounter numerous concepts and perspectives including among others, cosmopolitanism, assimilation, integration, multiculturalism, insider-outsider relations and the notion of 'othering'. Issues relating to race, culture, identity and citizenship will also be considered. The uniqueness of the unit and its relevance to the Prato setting is that students will use these theoretical underpinnings to frame a case study involving observational research to complete 3000 word case study concerning managing cultural diversity in Europe. Students will be encouraged to observe cultural similarities and differences, and particularly the interactions between different cultural groups. The unit aims to provide understandings of managing cultural diversity and a unique experience in undertaking observational research in a European setting. While the topic is a core focus and one of the research strengths in Sociology, it will appeal to students in a range of disciplines including those interested in international relations, law, criminology and Bachelor of Arts students in general.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and explain the nature of cultural diversity in contemporary Europe;
  2. evaluate how dominant ideas and assumptions about cultural diversity are created and reinforced;
  3. understand how sociological theories apply to cultural diversity;
  4. utilise theoretical and methodological approaches to examine cultural diversity in the European context;
  5. demonstrate developed written, research, and analytical skills;
  6. demonstrate wider reading and greater comprehension of relevant literature, and a greater degree of critical analysis.


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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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.