AUST 3002 - Interculturalism: Australia's Future
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code AUST 3002 Course Interculturalism: Australia's Future Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study Course Description Colonisation has left an indelible imprint on Australia. This course will explore the past and current impacts of difficult histories and present tensions in Australia and in comparative international spaces, which also have experienced colonisation, ethnic conflict and cross-cultural tension. Using a framework of 'cultural wounding' and 'healing' this course will examine the wounds left by inter-ethnic tensions and the ways in which different cultural identities go about surviving and potentially thriving. How cultural groups and nations negotiate these histories and their contemporary legacies is central to this exploration; which aims to develop theory and timely practical approaches to facilitate richer understandings of intercultural futures. The course will consider the context of Australia, to map pathways towards productive and equitable futures for all, in particular Indigenous populations and marginalised groups. Students will engage with a range of sources - ethnographic, narrative, cinematic, musical and artistic ? and will be introduced to theories of cultural trauma, collective memory and recovery.
Course Coordinator: Dr Kam Kaur
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a nuanced understanding Australia and the moment of its forging as well as the impact that colonisation had on Aboriginal Australians
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the colonial/imperial project globally
- Apply analytical and critical skills to real life case studies
- Understand and manage group dynamic and emotional responses and their own role in this context
- Apply and adopt major theoretical principles and approaches to real world contexts
- Adopt and apply knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
- Work cooperatively and communicate effectively in a group
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)
1,2 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
4 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
5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4,5,6 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
1,2,4 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
Resources will vary from films, documentaries, academic literature and novels uploaded to the canvas
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
One 2hour lecture and one 1-hour workshop.
The lecture and seminar-oriented workshops are central to the teaching approach in this course. The lectures are necessary for framing, background, context and theory and the tutorials will be a place for analytical, critical and methodological skills to films, case studies, novels and issues as well as to develop students’ ability to communicate effectively, manage interactions and work in groups.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 2-hour lectures per week - 24 hours per semester
x 1-hour workshop per week - 12 hours per semester
6 hours reading/watching course specific films per week - 72 hours per semester
3 hours research per week –individual and group - 36 hours per semester
1 hours assignment preparation per week - 12 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1
No lectures and tutorials
Introduction to the Course
Colonialism and Imperialism
The construction of the ‘Other’ : Historical theories of ‘race’
Postcolonial theory and critical race theory
Effects of colonisation: Comparative case studies of colonisation and the vacuum of power
Theories of cultural trauma and Social Movements, Contestation and Resistance
Theories of cultural wounding and healing: What happens when victims of colonisation survive
Theories of Migration: Ethnicities, culture, race
and nation Multiculturalism:
Diversity and nations as an imagined community and Emerging issues (Whiteness Studies)
Is there a Multicultural Australia and What does Australia’s future look like
Small Group Discovery Experience
Students will carry out research exercises in small groups during the semester and present the results to the class.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assesment Task Task Type Weighting and learning outcome 2500 words essay Summative 40% 1,2,3,4 1250 words film comparsion summative 20% 1,3,4, 750 words reflection summative 20% 1,2,3,4,5,6, Workshop attendance and group participation (SGD) summative /formative 20% 1,2,3,4,5,6,
1250 film review comparsion and evaluations: students will be required to compare and evaluate two film (from the course) in conjunction to the lecture and workshop topics -20%
2500 word essay: students will be required to choose one question from 3 and write an essay that is critical and incorporates theory - 40%
750 words reflection : Students are required to reflect upon the power of different creative mediums when narrating stories/experiences and horrors of colonisation – 20%
Workshops group attendance and individual participation: students work together in groups on problems that have been faced by people/victims of colonisation - SGD activities (group research): students work in groups on specific communities/countries that have been colonized through the semester; in the process they engage in participation and management of group practices and report - 20%
One electronic copy of the research essay must be submitted through Turnitin on or before the deadline. This can be done via Canvas.
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
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