Subject details

  • Topics
    • Academic research
    • Academic referencing
    • Language for audience and purpose
    • Essay writing
    • The drafting process
    • Reflective and critical thinking
    • Verbal and non-verbal communication
    • Clear, concise language use
    • Language for professional contexts
    • Intercultural communications
    • Cultural contexts
    • Teamwork
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. reflect on engagement with other cultures, cultural background/identity and culturally diverse thinking perspectives
  2. critique cultural positionings and colonial forms of knowledge
  3. demonstrate awareness of own cultural background and identify how it impacts on worldview
  4. effectively analyse media representations, synthesizing evidence from primary and secondary sources.
  • Assignment 1 - Presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Critical Reflection (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Media Analysis (35%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • CUR-BAS100
  • CUR-HUM100
  • CUR-CME102
  • CUR-CME130

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as HUM100 Engaging in the Humanities.

This unit investigates the complexity of culture and our engagement with other cultures and culturally diverse thinking and perspectives. It will particularly explore Indigenous cultures, histories, knowledge, perspectives and values. Students will reflect on their cultural background and identity, as well as their engagement with cultural diversity. The unit also explores the relationship between media and culture, critically analysing media representations that inform our ideas about particular topics, other cultures and people. We examine the effects and consequences of representation by analysing the ideological role played by global media, and how this connects with power.

This subject is part of the Humanities Pathway.

OUA Pathways recommends the best subjects to start your studies, even if you're not sure which degree you want to do. Each pathway includes four subjects based on your area of interest. Once you complete your recommended path you'll be able to choose from a range of degrees in your area of interest. Plus, each of the subjects you complete through OUA Pathways can also be credited towards your chosen degree.

Learn more about OUA Pathways.

This subject is considered academically equivalent to BAS100 in the below degrees, do not enrol in both subjects if you are completing either of the below:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Interior Architecture)

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

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