Internationalisation of the Curriculum

Internationalising the curriculum at the University of Adelaide benefits students, staff and the wider community.

It is an evolving and interactive process, and different disciplinesand schools will 'internationalise' their curricula in different ways, making informed decisions about the most appropriate way to incorporate a world perspective into their courses and programs.

The following strategies for implementing internationalisation of the curriculum were also endorsed by the meeting of Academic Board:

  1. Include analysis of international case studies.
  2. Set tasks that require students to discuss, analyse, evaluate information from a range of international sources.
  3. Address global / economic / political / environmental / social / ethical / health issues in course content.
  4. Provide study abroad / exchange programs in eligible overseas institutions as a fully credited option in the program, and encourage domestic students to go on these exchanges.
  5. Use international publications in teaching activities, e.g. texts, journals, conference proceedings.
  6. Incorporate language studies / cultural studies / international studies courses , including Diploma in Languages as a study option.
  7. Set up group tasks where members are from different cultures / nationalities, and which draw on their different backgrounds.
  8. Use the experiences of international students as a tool to inform learning of all students in the course / class.
  9. Ensure academic program is recognised by international accreditation bodies and other responsible bodies.
  10. Include lectures / presentations from guest lecturers, using their international experience; these could be existing academic staff with overseas experience.
  11. Explore comparative professional practice.

Internationalising the curriculum does not have to be a complicated endeavour, and as courses and programs are reviewed new opportunities arise to incorporate a global perspective to content, student learning activities and assessment tasks.