AIS304 - International Futures


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil

AIS204, AIR200

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week


Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


How can international studies help us navigate the challenges of a world increasingly defined by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA)? In this unit, students will explore this question via a range of scenarios and dilemmas in order to better understand the personal and professional implications of a VUCA world. The unit comprises three parts: in the first, we examine VUCA as a concept, drawing on scholarship from a range of disciplines including International Relations, Politics and Policy Studies, Anthropology, Humanitarian and Development Studies, Communication Studies and Leadership Studies. In the second, students will work in teams to respond to a variety of scenario-based tasks, supported by weekly briefings (lectures) and consultations (seminars) as well as online resources. Finally, we will undergo a debrief process, reflecting on the scenarios and tasks and also returning to the idea of VUCA and the relevance of international studies in responding to the challenges it presents.

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