ARTS 1007 - The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

Liberty and freedom are fundamental values in Australia and many countries, and regularly appear in news stories and public debates. This course explores how ideas and concepts around liberty are mediated by technology, media formats, and social-political formations. It takes an interdisciplinary perspective by drawing from various approaches and disciplines in the Faculty of Arts to explore how research and enquiry are undertaken in these different disciplinary contexts. The course also builds important academic literacies directly into the curriculum through regular Small Group Discovery Experiences, where students explore areas of interest guided by an expert academic. In this way, students develop their skills and confidence in undertaking their own independent research, thus preparing them for success in their chosen program of study in the Faculty of Arts.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 1007
    Course The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media
    Coordinating Unit Arts Faculty Office
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Annotated Bibliography 10%, Research Essay 30%, Group Report 15%, Group presentation 15%, Career readiness plan + Linkedin Profile 10%, Pre-lecture tests 10%, Seminar presentation 10%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wayne Errington



    Dr Chad Habel 
    Professor Han Balthussen
    Dr Anna Goldsworthy
    Professor Aaron Corn
    Dr Douglas Bardsley

    Seminar times (click here for full Course Planner details)
    Monday 2pm-4pm Lower Napier LG 24 (20772): Chad Habel:
    Tuesday 8am-10am Lower Napier LG 24 (20764): Benjamin Madden:
    Tuesday 10am-12pm Lower Napier LG 24 (22903): Aaron Corn:
    Tuesday 12pm-2pm Lower Napier LG24 (20773): Tiziana Torresi: 
    Tuesday 2pm-4pm Lower Napier LG24 (20765): Benjamin Madden:
    Wednesday 10am-12pm Lower Napier LG 24 (20762): Martin Bailey:
    Wednesday 12pm-2pm Lower Napier 24 (20768):Charles Bodman Rae:
    Wednesday 2pm-4pm Lower Napier LG 24 (20761): Kirsty Whitman:
    Thursday 2pm-4pm Lower Napier LG 24 (20767): Martin Bailey:
    Friday 10am-12pm Lower Napier 24 (20770): Anthony Pak Poy:
    Friday 1pm-3pm Lower Napier LG 24 (20766): Charles Bodman Rae:

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    The lecture for this course is held at 12pm on Mondays in the Scott Lecture Theatre.

    Changing Seminars

    Please note, especially at the beginning of the semester, that if you wish to change seminars it is essential that you switch via Access Adelaide so that your enrolment can be properly updated in MyUni. Speaking to or emailing your tutor or Course Coordinator is a courtesy but it is not sufficient action to formally change seminars; you must switch to a class in Access Adelaide that has space in it. 

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1 Undertake research that is relevant to the real world
    2 Locate, access and evaluate information including both primary and secondary source material
    3 Develop scholarly arguments using evidence 
    4 Argue, in writing and orally, a position using evidence based on research
    5 Cite sources both in text and orally, and provide a complete reference list
    6 Engage in scholarly discussions via technology
    7 Analyse contemporary issues across disciplines
    8 Analyse primary 'texts' such as video, images, music, games, literature and visual art
    9 Collaborate in small groups to discover knowledge
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 3, 7
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1 - 9
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1 - 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    6, 9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 5, 9
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3, 6, 8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
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    Recommended Resources
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    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Specific Course Requirements
    ‘The Enquiring Mind’ is available as a first year course. No prerequisites are required. Students are strongly encouraged and expected to attend all weekly lectures for their own benefit, as we are conscious of well established research showing that attending the lectures in sequence, being actually physically present at the lecture, and listening and taking notes enhances learning and engagement. Such enhanced learning and engagement results in more reliable understanding and memory of the lecture content and thus provides more effective preparation for seminar discussions and assessment tasks. Recorded lectures are available for review, to supplement preparation for Seminars, or to assist in case of occasional necessary absence.

    In addition to the lecture, each student participates in a two-hour Seminar each week, which is an essential and compulsory component of the course. Attendance is therefore regarded as absolutely necessary as mandatory structured learning activities (SGDE) are scheduled within seminars. Seminar participation is an important partof the assessment cheme of this course. In addition, being absent from more than 2 seminars without adequate explanation may result in preclusion from the course.

    Referencing of written work
    This course will use the Harvard Referencing System; see guide in the Resources in MyUNI or download from
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery Experiences are the core of every weekly seminar time. In the first hour you will discuss key issues from the readings and lecture in small groups and then bring those ideas to the larger group, and in the second half you will focus on the skills needed for assessments and more widely across the University. Expert guidances comes both in lectures and seminar contact.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Please note that any marks provided on individual assessments or overall grades via MyUni are provisional, and it is essential that you check Access Adelaide for your final grade soon after the end of semester. If you have any queries about your ongoing or final grades please contact your tutor in the first instance.
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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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