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AIX290 - Australia Today: An Introduction to Australia

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2021 unit information

Important Update:

Our aim is to provide you with an optimal learning experience, regardless of how this unit is delivered.

For Semester 1/Trimester 1 2021, teaching will be delivered in line with the most current COVIDSafe health guidelines. This may include a mix of online and on-campus activities. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of Semester/Trimester.

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Last updated: 16 November 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 3*: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Sarah Pinto
Trimester 3: Dean Coldicott
Cohort rule:

This unit is available to International students and Exchange students only 

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

AIX292, AIX390, AIX392

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Trimester 1: 1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Trimester 3: Intensive mode commencing early January. There will be 6 x 1-hour classes, 6 x 1-hour seminars, and 5 x 2-hour site visits across two weeks in early January (dates to be confirmed)

Note:

*In Trimester 3 only, this unit is offered in intensive mode commencing early January at Burwood (Melbourne) only

Content

The unit studies current debates, issues and concerns in the understanding of contemporary Australian society and culture. It focuses on the interests of international students who need skills and understandings for work and study in Australia. Through an introduction to the key issues facing Australians today, the unit aims to develop students' skills for working and communicating in the international context; locate Australia in various global contexts, within the British Empire, Asia, the global economy, politics and international relations; and take an international perspective on diversity and difference in Australian culture and society, through a range of studies of popular culture, histories, settlement, landscape and people.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Articulate and understand some key issues currently animating Australia Today

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

ULO2

Gain a comprehensive overview of Australian history, society, politics and culture; to allow an informed cultural orientation to Australia

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

ULO3

Research, structure and write an essay, field research report and in-class exercises in English to an acceptable academic standard, using scholarly conventions

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

ULO4

Utilising the field methods of participation and observation along with other research techniques,  analyse the experience of an Australian cultural artefact and locate it into to its wider social and historical setting

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO5

Utilise the skills and knowledge presented in the unit to interrogate current politics, landscapes and issues and locate them into an international context

GLO4: Critical thinking

 

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Class Exercise 1000 words 25% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Report 1000 words 25% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Essay 2000 words 50% Information not yet available

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Class Exercise 1000 words 25% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Report 1000 words 25% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Essay 2000 words 50% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIX290 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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