Ideas and Identity - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Response Paper: 600 words (20%) , Assignment 2 - 1500 word essay (35%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

This unit explores the power of ideas to change the world, focusing on their birth, transmission, evolution, and global impacts.

Through the study of selected themes, such as violence or the relationship between the individual and the community, students are introduced to the ideas and approaches central to the arts, social sciences and humanities, and are invited to reflect on competing moral and social arguments.

Writing and critical thinking skills are a core focus of the unit.

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

  1. recognise different discourses in disciplines and understand that disciplines have their own modes of inquiry, terminology and methodology;
  2. identify commonalities and differences among the disciplines concerning the interpretation of an historical event and social issue;
  3. identify, analyse and understand an argument concerning an historical event and/or social issue;
  4. discuss an historical event and an issue from the perspective of the major discipline areas covered in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities;
  5. present a cogent argument on an historical event and/or issue, demonstrating analytical thinking, research skills, the use of key terminology and appropriate referencing.
  • Assignment 1 — Response Paper: 600 words (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — 1500 word essay (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Closed book exam (30%)
  • Participation — Online Forum (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SSH100 — Ideas in Action

It is recommended that an SSK unit be completed before commencing this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Topic 1: The individual and the community
2Topic 2: Violence
3Topic 3: Truth and representation
4Topic 4: The good life

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online 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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