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Communicating Global Issues (COM304)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
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, slavery in developing and developed countries, the economic effects of transnational corporations. Importantly, it provides an opportunity for students to broaden their understanding of these issues and communicate their own responses.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Define and critically evaluate the concepts of communication, globalisation and neoliberalism and their implications for inequalities across class, ethnicity, gender, and environment;
2. Identify, question and critically discuss issues confronting women, men, children and countries globally;
3. Communicate in ways that facilitate open discussion on issues that are unfamiliar, complex and ethically challenging;
4. Access the latest available online data from government, NGO, corporate and health websites and through library research and critically assess the reliability of the information.
Timetabled Learning Activities The unit has 12 x 1 hour lectures and 12 x 1.5 hour tutorials.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is interdisciplinary, student focused, and collaborative.
Students 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 information from lectures, readings, videos and peer interactions. Students will be part of a collaborative academic community, sharing their research ideas and plans with their peers and giving and receiving feedback. The materials including readings, videos and learning tasks are available on the unit LMS site and remain there for the semester, allowing students to revisit and revise, as they require.
Assessment Students write 6 short answers to questions about unit concepts to ensure knowledge. They provide a short critical oral introduction to a topic to develop expressing their opinions. These contribute to their tutorial participation grade. They write a critical analysis of an article from weeks 2 - 4, this is designed to develop critical reading and writing; it is assessed. In small groups students discuss their research topics, receive and give feedback. This exercise is not assessed but contributes to developing individual essay plans and peer learning. Students write a research essay, which builds on group discussions, review, and plan. External students have a final exam equivalent to the regular written short answers that internal students do in tutorials.
Prerequisites Nil.This unit is best studied in your third year, as it requires established theoretical knowledge, critical research and writing skills.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC386 People and Globalisation or CMS304 Communicating Global Issues cannot enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Global Media and Communication (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Appears in these Minors Gender Studies
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 Kathryn Trees
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2950
e: K.Trees@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.056 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Kathryn Trees
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2950
e: K.Trees@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.056 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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