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Inventing the Future (ART102)

Organisational Unit College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences
Credit Points 6
Description What might the future bring? How does it relate to the past? How it might be different from the present? Arts disciplines form the primary means by which humans ask questions of and understand their worlds. This unit explores how contending visions of the future shape the world we live in today and how our own visions might shape our world tomorrow. By examining such visions, you will develop your capacity for critical thinking, coherent writing, and sharing your ideas with others.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of:

1. The distinctive features of Arts/humanities disciplines
2. The role Arts/humanities disciplines play in helping us to understand our social and political worlds and their relevance to envisioning the future.

Students will also have gained practical skills to demonstrate:
3. A capacity for critical reading, including the ability to analyse and interpret a range of texts from diverse Arts/humanities disciplines.
4. Careful and coherent writing, and the ability to clearly communicate their ideas in written assignments.
5. Strong interpersonal skills, including oral communication and the ability to show tolerance and respect for others and for views that are different to their own (online and in tutorials).
6. To study and work independently.
Timetabled Learning Activities 2 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 1.5 hour tutorial and 1 x 2.5 hour workshop weekly
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is structured around a combination of short lectures (half-an-hour each), post-lecture large-group workshops and tutorials. Post-lecture large-group workshops are to function as a large tutorial, where students engage with the guest lecturer and each other in a discussion about key issues raised in the lecture. Focused learning activities relating to the lecture topics and readings will take place in the tutorials. Close to assessment time, workshops will also be run to assist students in the writing of assignments and the preparation for exams. In these workshops, particular attention will be paid to the development of core academic skills particular to the Arts/Humanities.
Assessment Assessment consists of:
Class Participation 15%
Media Analysis Essay 20%
Essay 35%
Final Examination 30%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions ART101 Coming Into Community.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Arts (BA) [New in 2019]
Community Development (BA)
English and Creative Writing (BA)
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
History (BA)
Indonesian (BA)
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Japanese (BA)
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Philosophy (BA)
Sociology (BA)
Sustainable Development (BA)
Theatre and Drama (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA)
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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