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Postgraduate electives

Are you passionate about politics? Wanting to develop your management and leadership skills? Concerned about whether globalisation has been for the better or worse? Eager to develop your understanding of mass media across East and Southeast Asia? Interested in understanding the Australian welfare system and contemporary social policy?

You can learn all of these things, plus much more, through the extensive range of electives offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Whether you are already studying arts and social sciences, or undertaking a degree that provides you with the flexibility to take units of study outside of your host faculty, we invite you to explore our exciting range of electives.

Below is a small list of just some of the many arts and social sciences electives available to postgraduate students in Semester 1 2018. You can find out more about these units and the many others available by visiting the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' 2018 Postgraduate Handbook

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Postgraduate electives

Unit of study


ASNS6905 - Asian Popular Culture Asia is fast becoming the centre of new developments in the mass media. Focusing on East and Southeast Asia, this unit will introduce major regional trends in film and television, differences in media systems, and cross-cultural understandings of Asian media. Particular focus will be on the analysis of feature films and television from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and/or China, and on pan-Asian developments. These analyses will include discussions of the social, cultural and political roles of media. 
DVST6901 - Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing The post-1949 era of 'development' has seen a philosophical and policy shift from nation-building projects of 'modernisation' to the local responsiveness of market forces and civil society. An anthropological emphasis on cultural and local difference and a sociological understanding of state and civil society provide a critical perspective on both this history and current debates. Case studies raise questions of health, gender and childhood, project success or failure, and of the hopes and skepticism development evokes. 
ECOP6015 - Global Employment and Migration This unit examines the evolution of international employment opportunities as a feature of the globalisation of economies. Different approaches to the analysis of labour markets provide conceptual frameworks for examining the changing character and structure of global employment and international migration. Case studies examine the effects of state regulatory arrangements and international institutions governing cross-border labour migration and cross-border employment in multinational firms, including professionals, skilled and unskilled workers. 
EDPA6015 - Management and Leadership Leadership is the key to a successful organisation. This core unit focuses upon the importance of leadership and what it involves in a variety of organisational settings. In bringing about change in an organisation a leader must be able to share with others a vision for the future of that organisation and implement strategies that enable the organisation to meet future challenges. Special attention is given to leadership styles, gender issues and the place of ethics and emotions in leadership. 
EDPB5002 - Globalisation and Education (online) Concepts of global integration and culture. Economic political and cultural dimensions of globalisation. Major interpretive approaches to globalisation. Major world trends in education assessed in light of globalisation. Globalisation of labour markets; marked forces in education; cross-cultural and trans-national trends in education provision; knowledge as a global construct; global organisations and agenda in education; emerging global and regional structures in education, students, educational professionals and knowledge workers in a globalising world. Investigation and report on a special study. 
EDPC5012 - Evaluation of Learning Technology Innovations This unit is intended to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate ICT-enhanced learning innovations. It provides an introduction to the theory and practice of evaluations, drawing principles and methods from best practice in program evaluation and the areas of ICT-enhanced learning. Attention is paid to a holistic approach to evaluation, stressing the need to plan, design and implement evaluation in context. It is suitable for those with an interest in formal education, corporate training and professional development. 
EDPE6016 - Adult Learning and Development This unit examines selected issues relating to adult development and adult learning. Concepts of growth and decline are explored, particularly in relation to cognitive development, transitions in the workplace, within families, and in other social contexts. Considerations of adult learning focus on adult conceptions of learning, higher education, and the development of expertise. It considers contexts for adult learning, and concepts of self-directed and self-regulated learning.
EDPJ5024 - English in Academic Settings This unit is designed for students from non-English speaking backgrounds who wish to improve their English as well as understand better the setting in which it is produced. The unit has two components: the development of personal academic skills, particularly writing, and an in-depth consideration of linguistic and non-linguistic aspects of communication in academic settings.
EDPN5015 - Sport and Technology

This unit will examine the use of technology in sport and introduce students to some of the most applicable coaching tools and technologies. Many new technologies can do what in the past could not be achieved, can show you what the human eye cannot see, and in many cases provide support for coaches' intuition. Many of these tools/software programs can be incorporated into everyday training and coaching, as well as provide valuable information in preparation for athlete development and performance. Most technologies discussed will be portable or laptop based systems. Examples include game analysis, skill analysis and programming software as well as the use of technology to enhance remote coaching. Industry standard applications and software will also be explored.

GOVT6314 - Terrorism and International Security

This unit provides a comprehensive theoretical and empirical introduction to the problem of terrorism worldwide and its impact on global security. It will cover the origins of terrorism, the structure and behavior of terrorist organisations, social, political, economic, and technological trends that impact terrorism and the threat it poses, and the complexities of counterterrorism policy. The knowledge and analytical skills acquired by students in this unit will be instrumental in understanding the challenge of terrorism.

LNGS7502 - The Language of Business

What role does language play in business communication? Corporations make use of a wide range of different communicative activities, from company websites, mission statements, and corporate reports to communication on social media sites. People use language to construct and enact corporate images, workplace cultures, and leadership styles. This unit introduces students to linguistic approaches to business language, and explores the role language plays in organizations. Students will gain new insights into the surprising power of workplace discourse.

LNGS7503 - Language and the Law

Law cannot exist without language. We look at the central role of language in the law and in legal professions. Language is the medium through which norms and laws are established, from informal agreements to ironclad contracts. Human interaction in legal processes is conducted through language, from arrests to interrogations to courtroom cross-examination and sentencing. And language is a focus of forensic work, from verifying the identity of recorded voices to determining whether an apparent suicide note was in fact written by the deceased.

SCWK6048 - Social Work for Environmental Change Global warming is recognised as an outstanding threat for human societies (World Bank, 2012). The links between the environment, human rights and social justice are widely recognised. The social work profession, with its' social ecological focus, and commitment to promoting human rights and social justice is well placed to contribute to efforts to prevent and respond to the environmental crisis. The International Federation of Social Work's 'Policy Statement on Globalisation and the Environment' and the AASW's Code of Ethics promote the social work profession as a key player in efforts to address climate change. However, few Schools of Social Work offer any formal training in this area. This unit recognises the importance of preparing social workers to: have an understanding of the impact of climate change; to develop skills to prevent further environmental degradation; and to respond to individuals affected by climate change.
SCWK6948 - Social Policy Frameworks This unit aims to provide students with a sound understanding of the key institutional components of the Australian welfare system and the key issues and debates associated with the theory and practice of contemporary social policy. The target audience for this unit includes participants from a diverse range of organisations involved in human service provision. All human service work takes place in the context of social policy: social policy provides the mandate and the resources for human service work, and the activities of workers are extensively defined and shaped by social policy. In turn, human service workers are increasingly involved in the shaping of policy, or policy action. The rationale for this unit is to provide an opportunity for students to develop an advanced understanding of social policy frameworks in order to inform policy action.
USSC6901 - Fundamentals of US Studies

In our new structure for 2018, you can complete an entire subject on American history, politics, economics, society and culture in the first three weeks of semester, before the exam period!

USSC6919 - American Film and Hollywood

This unit is the definitive overview of the formation of the Hollywood ‘studio system’ from the 1920’s onwards; covering the aesthetic, politic and economic implications today. 

USSC6922 - US Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

Taught by a former security advisor to John Kerry, and the Director of the Alliance 21 foreign policy think-tank, this unit focuses on pragmatic and professionally focussed curriculum to prepare students for a career in international relations and security