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Communicating Global Issues (CMS304)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal
Description This unit articulates with a broad range of disciplines. It provides students with interdisciplinary perspectives on globalisation by addressing key socio-economic-cultural issues as identified by the United Nations such as human trafficking, HIV/AIDS in developing and developed countries, the economic effects of transnational corporations, which foreground the connections between gender and cultural politics. Importantly, it provides an opportunity for students to broaden their understanding of these issues and communicate their own responses.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, you should be able to:
1. Understand the concept of globalisation and its unequal/gendered implications for peoples' lives.
2. Be more knowledgeable about a selection of issues confronting women, men and children around the world, as international capitalism structures more and more of our lives.
3. Have gained experience in the interpretation and use of statistical information, and its integration with qualitative and ethnographic data.
4. Access the latest available online data from reliable government, NGO, health websites and through library research.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 x 1.5 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is interdisciplinary, student focused, and collaborative.
Students will attend a series of lectures, which will broaden their knowledge of issues. In tutorials they will discuss these issues to clarify and share their knowledge and experience with others and learn from peers. They will take part in small group discussions; will communicate group ideas to the class; will learn to modify their thinking/ way of engaging with issues and tasks based on peer interactions. Students will use their media devises in tutorials to access relevant websites and thus supplement unit materials. Students will be part of a collaborative academic community, sharing their research ideas and plans with their peers and giving and receiving feedback.
Assessment Students engage in several assessments/learning strategies. They write several short reviews of a lecture or concept to recap key points. This contributes to their tutorial participation grade. They write a critical analysis of an article from weeks 2 - 43, this is designed to develop the skill of writing critically, which is transferable to report writing; it is assessed. In small groups students discuss proposed research topics, receive and give feedback. This exercise is not assessed but contributes to developing individual essay plans. Students write a research essay, which builds on group discussions, review, and plan. External students have a final exam.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC386 People and Globalisation cannot enrol in this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Communication and Media Studies (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 Lauren O'Mahony

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2077
e: L.OMahony@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.054 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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Dr Lauren O'Mahony

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2077
e: L.OMahony@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.054 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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