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Teaching, Learning and Working in Culturally Diverse Environments (EDU616)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit examines challenges and potential of cultural diversity in teaching and learning from school to university, including international, transnational education, study of languages, vocational and professional workplace learning. A multidisciplinary approach is adopted with concepts drawn from social, cross-cultural and cultural psychology; sociology; cultural studies; intercultural relations and communication; and intercultural learning. Participants gain solid, research-based understanding of key culture-related concepts and ideas, and will be well prepared to promote productive cultural diversity and positive intercultural transformation.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should:
1.Have a sound conceptual understanding of:
The nature and significance of culture, social identity/ies and group categorisation in multicultural environments, as well as a range of culture-related processes affecting communication and social interactions in culturally diverse environments
Critical issues related to cultural diversity in education, at work and the community at large;

2. On the basis of their understanding of culture, social identity/ies, group categorisation and other culture-related processes, students should also be able to:
Understand the source of problems and challenges emerging in culturally diverse environments, and propose ways to address them;
Identify and analyse educational activities or workplace initiatives, which promote the positive aspects of cultural diversity - and develop original initiatives;
Understand the underlying principles and claimed value of global citizenship, cosmopolitan learning and a shared sense of 'we'.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 1 x 3 hours per week
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The internal version of this unit offers a combination of structured timetabled activities (integrated lecture-seminar type), semi-structured learning activities (small groups discussions/tasks) as well as self-directed learning tasks
Other Learning Experiences Students will complete research assignments independently, in consultation with teaching staff.
Assessment Assignment 1: Interactive tutorial presentation (with another student), with a subsequent individual written summary and reflection (40%) Assignment 2: Critical analysis of an existing initiative or design of a new initiative or program related to diversity issues(40%) Reflective Journal (10%).Participation and Engagement (10%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level qualification or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Education (International Education) (GradCertEdIntlEd)
Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary and Workplace) (GradDipEd)
Master of Asian Studies (MAsianSt)
Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) [New in 2016]
Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
Master of Health Care Management (MHCM)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Audrey Fernandes-Satar

e: A.Fernandes-Satar@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Audrey Fernandes-Satar

e: A.Fernandes-Satar@murdoch.edu.au
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