DISCOVER AUSTRALIA

HUS1DAU

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

Why do we call Australia the lucky country? Do we live in the land of the fair go? Is Australia a good global citizen? This subject explores the myths that made Australia and their relevance today. We'll draw on film, literature, history, sport and politics to discuss the origin of these myths and their transformation over time. You'll be introduced to a range of Humanities and Social Science perspectives on Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations, land and environment, ethnicity and gender, culture and nation, Australia in a globalising world, and Australia in Asia. You can use this subject to count towards all majors in the Bachelor of Arts. If you're studying any undergraduate course at La Trobe, you can use this subject as an elective to meet the Global Citizenship Essential.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKatie Holmes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Discovery Subject

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBeing Australian: narratives of national identityPrescribedCatriona Elder, 2007Allen & Unwin

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of some of the key issues and debates related to Australian society and culture

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial reading and activities, EBL activities, assessment activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Develop and demonstrate research skills, including the ability to effectively access electronic and paper-based archival materials.

Activities:
Tutorial reading and activities, EBL activities, assessment activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Practice critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills in academic tasks of reading, writing and public speaking.

Activities:
Seminar exercises, Essay 1, Essay 2, Group Project
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Demonstrate effective communication through the practice of oral and written communication.

Activities:
Seminar exercises, Essay 1, Essay 2
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

05. Work collaboratively on team projects with other students and further demonstrate an understanding of effective team management and conflict resolution skills.

Activities:
Group project, Seminar exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatie Holmes

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1st essay (800 words equivalent)20 01, 03, 04
2nd essay (1,300 words equivalent)30 01, 03, 04
Group project (900 words equivalent)25 01, 04, 05
Tutorial exercises (1000 words equivalent)25 02, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatie Holmes

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 10
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on weekdays during the day in week 10 and delivered via online.

Lecture
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via blended.

Tutorial
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1st essay (800 words equivalent)20 01, 03, 04
2nd essay (1,300 words equivalent)30 01, 03, 04
Group project (900 words equivalent)25 01, 04, 05
Tutorial exercises (1000 words equivalent)25 02, 04, 05