SOCS5001 Engaging Cultural Difference
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Multi-mode|
- 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.
- 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.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short answer assignment; (2) group assignment; and (3) major research assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- 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)
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.