Course Title: Australian Society in a Global Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Australian Society in a Global Context

Credit Points: 12

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO1207

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

HUSO1207

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

HUSO1207

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Patrick O'Keeffe

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3482

Course Coordinator Email: patrick.okeeffe@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course will help students to understand and critically analyse Australian society, and develop creative and forward-thinking responses to some of our biggest challenges. The course is separated into three parts:

  • ‘The Good Life’,
  • ‘Case studies in Australian society: The Good Life?’, and
  • ‘What future can we make?’

Students will explore the concept of The Good Life, and develop understanding of concepts such as quality of life and value, as well as merit, privilege, disadvantage and equality. These concepts will then be explored in relation to the experience of economic inequality, work, education and housing in Australia. Finally, the students will use this work to then identify the type of society that we should aspire to become.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In the course you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • critical analysis and problem solving
  • cultural and social awareness
  • global outlook and competence


By the end of this course students will have increased their ability to:

 

  • Analyse and reflect on contemporary social issues relating to your own life and the role of your discipline and globalised Australia.
  • Compare and contrast Australian society’s development and current issues in relation to other nations and in the globalised world.
  • Analyse key patterns of power, privilege and inequality in relation to identity and social action that characterises the way Australians live in the early twenty first century
  • Analyse and critically reflect on course readings, and write in an intelligent, fluent and reflective way


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities for this course involve working in small groups in class, contributing to class discussion and analysing the key ideas which are highlighted in the course. Students will learn through sharing ideas, listening to (and respecting) others’ opinions, and in doing so, working together to develop understanding of the ideas and issues highlighted in this course.

 

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities for this course involve one online lecture per week (with the exception of week 1, which is face-to-face), one two hour tutorial and weekly readings. The workshops will focus on the lecture content and course readings, and will be essential in helping students to explore the ideas covered each week. This will be achieved through discussion – in small groups and as a whole class – and through learning activities designed to encourage students to think deeply and critically about the key concepts raised in this course. 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a course reader or core textbook, and will also be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources may include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.


Overview of Assessment

The Assessments provide the students in this course with an opportunity to represent their learning and command of materials presented.

 

The Assessments in this course include:

Assessment 1: What is the Good Life? 20% of Final Grade, 600 words 

Assessment 2: Short answer essay – The Good Life in the Australian context - 40% of Final Grade, 1200 words

 

 Assessment 3: Making a change 40% of Final Grade, 1200 words

 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment