Culture to Cultures - 2017

Unit summary

COM155

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Media Analysis (20%) , Assignment 2 - Critical Reflections (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit investigates our engagement with other cultures and culturally diverse thinking and perspectives. It will particularly explore Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and values. Students will critique cultural positionings and colonial forms of knowledge, as well as reflect on their own cultural background/identity and how it impacts their worldview. This unit also examines the effects and consequences of representation by analysing the ideological role played by global media, the way certain topics or cultural groups are represented and thought about, and how this connects with power.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. compose a sound argument which applies intercultural concepts and theories
  2. critique cultural positionings and colonial forms of knowledge
  3. engage with Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and values
  4. demonstrate awareness of own cultural background and identify how it impacts on worldview
  5. effectively analyse global media representations, synthesizing evidence from primary and secondary sources.
  • Assignment 1 — Media Analysis (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Critical Reflections (25%)
  • Presentation (25%)
  • Report — Group Report (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Access to Internet; Provide an email address

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Culture and Communication
2Intercultural Communication
3Essentialism and Non-essentialism
4Stereotyping
5Prejudice
6Othering
7Representations of Other Cultures
8Indigenous Perspectives

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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