UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SOCS5001 Engaging Cultural Difference

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multimode
Content This unit explores the meaning of culture, its influence on people's lives, and its implications for interaction and communication. Using insights from a range of disciplines including Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Psychology, and Communications and Translation Studies, the unit raises students' awareness of the challenges of cross-cultural interaction and offers skills that can be used to improve cross-cultural engagement in a variety of contexts, including research, business and everyday interactions.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify a range of cultural practices and the contexts in which they become relevant; (2) recognise the complexity of cultural difference and similarity within and outside of Australia; (3) apply their knowledge of cultural difference to a range of fields of experience; (4) understand ethnocentrism in their own context; and (5) positively engage with people from cultural backgrounds different from their own.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation; (2) an annotated bibliography; and (3) an essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Farida Fozdar and Associate Professor Loretta Baldassar
Unit rules
Advisable prior study: for Social Research Methods students: ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations, SOCS5003 Research Design, SOCS5005 Social Research Ethics
Contact hours lectures and workshops: up to 3 hours per week; or intensively (12 x 3-hour sessions over 2 weeks)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/SOCS5001/SEM-2/2017

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