Credit points: 15

Subject outline

A global citizen is guided by respect for others, wherever they live. It has been described as a way of living that recognises our world is an increasingly complex web of connections and interdependencies. One in which our choices and actions may have repercussions for people and communities locally, nationally or internationally. In this subject you will gain insight in dimensions of cultures and you will further explore your role as an oral health therapist in a multicultural society. You will explore and further develop your own cultural competence through an elective regional, interstate or overseas placement and participation in a virtual cross cultural learning activity and acquire a transcultural perspective. This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship entails deep appreciation of how we live in an interconnected world, being able to recognise the global context of concepts, act across cultures and boundaries, and work with diverse communities now and in the future.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRon Knevel

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in the following course: HBOHSB AND must have passed the following subjects: ORH1POH, ORH1IOS, HBS1HBB, PHE1SDH, ORH2COH, PHE2PHP, DEN2MDA, ORH2OSN, DEN3RID


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required70 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - regional
Domestic - metro
International - regional
International - metro

WBL addtional requirementsRegional, interstate or international. Regular checks done by placement team, insurance, Police Check, WWC etc.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Provide culturally safe and culturally competent practice that includes recognition of the distinct needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to oral health care provision
02. Apply critical reflection, intentional communication, client-centred goal setting, documentation, and professional self-management through analysis of own beliefs, values and perceptions.
03. Critically analyse values of fairness and social justice, and applies skills to analyse inequalities based on gender, socio-economic status, culture, religion, age and other issues particularly related to oral health.
04. Evaluate dimensions of culture and applies knowledge to improve cross-cultural communication skills.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Week 47-22, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRon Knevel

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 0 - 22
One 3.00 h lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 0 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Lecture and discussion are scheduled together"

Placement - Off Site Week: 0 - 22
One 70.00 h placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 0 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will undertake a total of 70 hours of clinical placement."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 0 - 22
One 20.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 0 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Self-directed online learning module"


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Video introduction to elective placementAA formative two-minute creative video recording, explaining expectations and perception (in preparation for documentary).


Cultural and social report in preparation for placement (equivalent 1500 words)A written report (1500 words equivalent), submitted in December, including Hofstedes dimensions of cultures, analysis of own cultural biases and short description of the oral health care system and the access to care


Daily reflective Blog during placement and one 10-minute video documentary (equivalent 2500 words)A video documentary of the elective placement experience reflecting on aspects of fairness, social justice, inequalities, access to care and aspects of cross cultural learning communication and personal experiences submission two weeks after completion placement. Hurdle Requirement: Daily reflective Blog completion during elective placement.


Critical reflection and mind map of learning experiences of elective placement (500 words)Use the 4Rs model to critically reflect on professional skill development after participating in the virtual cross-learning activity. Integrate personal findings of working with different client groups and the discussions with exchange students in the virtual cross-learning activity.