ATS3208 - In the footsteps of refugees - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen


Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen

Not offered in 2019


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.





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.


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

  1. explain the Vietnamese refugee movement of the late twentieth century including the response to this movement;
  2. understand and assess the nature of state repression in Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam War;
  3. recognise and discuss the characteristics of Australia's Vietnamese refugee community;
  4. analyse complex experiences of loss and trauma, and issues of war and memory, through the narratives of refugees;
  5. evaluate the nature of cross-national remembrance of the Vietnamese diaspora in Australia and Indonesia;
  6. critically reflect on their engagement with another culture;
  7. conduct independent research, work collaboratively in teams, and communicate effectively and with cultural sensitivity in written and oral form.


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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