Global Futures - 2018

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 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (35%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,760.00
Domestic continuing 878.00
HECS 820.00
International 3,010.00
International continuing 1,128.00

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Abandoning Eurocentric perspectives, this unit draws on experiences and perspectives from the ‘periphery’ to analyse global social dynamics. Delving into the past, we identify diverse cultural legacies shaping the present and the future. We ask: Is modernisation the same thing as Westernisation? How thoroughgoing is individualism in the new China, and what can we learn from Chinese environmentalists? Is religious fundamentalism an attempt to return to the past? What has Islamic State got to do with modernity? How can we explain attitudes to gun control and health insurance in the US?

Please note: assessment values are indicative only: details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit 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 1 (35%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • 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

Students must complete Four [4] units at Level 2 before enrolling into this unit.

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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