CULT 1022 Working with Cultural Differences

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101664

Coordinator George Turner Opens in new window

Description This unit is designed to develop student awareness of culture, identity and difference in the Australian context. Students are introduced to and expected to develop a working knowledge of the concepts of culture, identity, power relations, whiteness and difference. From these theoretical bases, issues of identity and difference and power relations are explored in the Australian context with particular focus on Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations and multiculturalism. In addition, the effects of socially constructed differences of race, gender, class, and sexuality are explored.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects CEDS 2002 - Working with Cultural Differences in Educational Settings (UG) CULT 1023 - Working with Cultural Differences (WSTC)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Articulate current theories and concepts of culture, identity, difference and power.
  2. Identify the historical and social contexts of cultural differences and power relations in Australia through personal narratives and readings.
  3. Explain the concept of whiteness as a structure of authority and as a location of identity.
  4. Discuss the history of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Australia and its impact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders today.
  5. Evaluate different discourses and practices of multiculturalism in recent Australian history.

Subject Content

Concepts of culture, cultural difference and identity
Narratives of identities and difference
Understanding of power and relations of power and positioning within cultural differences
Whiteness as a structure of authority and as a location of identity
Historical and social perspectives on cultural differences and power relations in Australia
Impacts of the history of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Australia
Discourses of multiculturalism in recent Australian history
Markers of difference such as gender, race, class, sexuality, location in the Australian context
Exploration of good practice, policy and research on working with cultural differences

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 12 X Quizzes of 5 questions each 40 N Individual
Reflection 1,200 words 40 N Individual
Exam 1 hour 20 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 2

Wsu Online

Online

Subject Contact David-Jack Fletcher Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Semester 2

Liverpool

Day

Subject Contact George Turner Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

Day

Subject Contact George Turner Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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