Global Futures - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (75%) , Presentation (25%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Please note: this unit was previously titled Globalisation and Multiple Modernities.

In this unit, we explore multiple paths into the future unfolding around the globe. Delving into the past, we identify diverse cultural legacies shaping the present; complementing multicultural studies of diversity within societies, we investigate enduring cultural and social differences between societies. We ask: Is modernisation the same thing as Westernisation? Is globalisation leading homogenisation? Is there an alternative to neo-liberalism? Is religious fundamentalism an attempt to return to the past or a quintessentially modern phenomenon? To guide us through these questions, we use the idea of ‘multiple modernities’ to explore a range of case studies, including in the West, China, Japan, India, Turkey, The Middle East and the Americas.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of non-Western traditions on contemporary non-Western societies
  2. Use the concept of ‘multiple modernities’ to critically differentiate between and evaluate current understandings of globalisation
  3. Identify and analyse the diversity of social, cultural and political dynamics transforming the contemporary world
  4. Identify and analyse the modern components of religious fundamentalisms
  • Essay (75%)
  • Presentation (25%)

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:

  • PSS305 — Globalisation and Multiple Modernities

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Students must also have completed at least 7 units in addition to SOC10004 to enrol in this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Theories of globalisation, modernisation and multiple modernities
2Social, cultural and political dynamics in the contemporary world
3Case studies eg Japan, China, India, Islamic Societies, The US and the West

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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  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.
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