Subject details

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.
  • Topics

    • Culture and Communication
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Essentialism and Non-essentialism
    • Stereotyping
    • Prejudice
    • Othering
    • Representations of Other Cultures
    • Indigenous Perspectives
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

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    • Additional materials

This subject 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.

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Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Assignment 1 - Media Analysis (35%)
  • Assignment 2 - Critical Reflections (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Presentation (30%)

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