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Ideas and Identity (BAR150)

Organisational Unit College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit explores the power of ideas to change the world, focusing on their birth, transmission, evolution, and global impacts. Through the study of selected themes, such as violence or the relationship between the individual and the community, students are introduced to the ideas and approaches central to the arts, social sciences and humanities, and are invited to reflect on competing moral and social arguments. Writing and critical thinking skills are a core focus of the unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes The key aims of this unit are as follows:
1. To introduce students to a range of methodological, conceptual and theoretical approaches to the main discipline areas covered in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
2. To show how social and moral issues may be examined from diverse perspectives, so as to result in differing evaluations, each offering potentially valuable illuminations.
3. To provide students with the conceptual tools to become more articulate and reflective in their examination of social and moral issues.

Learning outcomes for the unit
On successful completion of the unit you should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of:
4. a multidisciplinary approach to the covered topics in this unit.
5. the influence of globalisation, mass media, technology and culture on the covered topics in this unit.

You will also have gained practical skills to demonstrate:
6. tolerance and mutual respect in team discussions (online and in tutorials).
7. an ability to research, summarise, critically analyse and apply knowledge to address problems or issues from different perspectives.
8. to study and work independently.
9. communication of different ideas through written assignments.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Students are introduced to the methodologies, conceptual vocabularies and insights of each discipline within the Bachelor of Arts. Students form initial understanding of the overlapping nature of disciplines within the Bachelor of Arts.
Lectures, tutorials and readings address common themes from range of disciplines within the arts, social sciences and humanities, with discussion of each field's theoretical, methodological and conceptual bases. Students are introduced to a variety of modes of writing (theoretical, analytical and critical) in negotiating each topic.
Assessment Students are assessed on the basis of:
Tutorial participation (internal); Discussion Group participation (external) = 15%. Two assignments: 1 short assignment, and 1 essay. Each essay is a set question addressing one or two topics covered by the unit, based upon student reflection on the lectures, readings and discussions for that topic. Formative written feedback is provided to students on each essay. Final examination = 30%. A 2 hour closed book examination that covers all topics of study in the unit.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed SSH100 Ideas in Action may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: SSH100
2013: 'Ideas in Action'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Communication and Media Studies (BA) [New in 2014]
English and Creative Writing (BA) [New in 2014]
Indonesian (BA) [New in 2014]
Japanese (BA) [New in 2014]
Journalism (BA) [New in 2014]
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (Kaplan, Singapore) (BA) [New in 2017]
Public Relations (BA) [New in 2014]
Theatre and Drama (BA) [New in 2014]
Tourism and Events (BA) [New in 2014]
Web Communication (BA) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Dean Aszkielowicz

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t: 9360 2306
e: D.Asko@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.033 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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