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Intercultural Studies (FDN023)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Credit Points 3
Availability DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
Description This unit is designed to present students with a variety of socio-cultural topics. Students will investigate the nature of culture, their own culture, as well as issues relating to the contemporary global landscape. The purpose of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of cultural diversity, its value and difficulties in contemporary life in order to effectively interact and communicate in an increasingly global environment, and how to operate as a global citizen in the 21st century.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
1. Define the concept of 'culture' and outline its importance in the 21st Century
2. Describe the main historical developments and basic framework of national and global political institutions that are relevant to cultures.
3. Outline the concept of and effect on cultures, of the process of globalisation.
4. Research the nature of non-verbal communication and its effects on cultural differences.
5. Discuss some of the different values and attitudes of different cultures.
6. Analyse the effect on cultures in the 21st century of concepts including globalisation, human rights,
development, multiculturalism as well as the growing impact on cultural relationships of religion.

This unit provides the opportunity for you to achieve the following:
· In particular contexts, you will explore the challenges of contemporary society, have respect for diversity, be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive and to be open to other cultures and perspectives.
· Become a global citizen by working with the diversity of the student population and experiencing the inclusiveness of our learning and community activities.
Timetabled Learning Activities Formal Classes: 4 hours
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Prerequisites Nil
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Murdoch University Extended Foundation Program [New in 2019]
Murdoch University Foundation Program [New in 2019]
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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Mr Nathan Tozer
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Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6877
e: N.Tozer@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.3.006A - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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