Unit descriptions S - Z

SANS5901 Sanskrit for Postgraduates 1

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: SANS1001 Assessment: 3x1000wd assignments (60%), 3hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Sanskrit is an important canonical language of Buddhism and was the most widely used language in India for philosophy and religion up until modern times. This unit provides an introduction to the language. Emphasis will be given to understanding the basic grammatical structures and Devanagari script and to understanding the place of Sanskrit within Indian culture and Buddhist tradition. There will be exercises in translation from Sanskrit to English and English to Sanskrit.
SANS5902 Sanskrit for Postgraduates 2

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: SANS5901 Prohibitions: SANS1002 Assessment: 3x1000wd assignments (60%), 1x3hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit provides an extension to work completed in SANS5901. By the end of the unit, students will have an understanding of the grammar required for reading simple Sanskrit texts.
SCLG6902 Doing Social Research

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prohibitions: SCLG3003 Assessment: 1x1500wd paper (25%), 1x1500wd Oral Presentation (25%), 1x3000wd Research proposal (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides a comprehensive lecture program that covers the research process, from the selection of a topic through to data analysis and the interpretation of results. Students will engage in debates about the philosophical basis of social research, and will undertake exercises designed to enhance their skills in conducting research. For the primary assessment, students will select a topic and develop a research proposal, suitable for submission to a funding agency, or for a Masters or PhD thesis.
SCLG6903 New Debates in Social Theory

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2400wd Research essay (40%), 1x2400wd Research essay (40%), 1x1200wd equivalent online presentations and discussion (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores a series of issues of controversy and debate in social theory. These include debates over: the information age; new information and communication technologies; the new capitalism and changing work practices; the cultural sphere; new forms of power and surveillance; shifting claims to insight in knowledge societies; the role of education in social inequality; the bases of making knowledge claims; and globalisation. The unit involves both face-to-face seminars and online discussions.
SCLG6905 Independent Study and Report

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x1-2hr supervision meeting weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 Assessment: 5000-7000wd Essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Research and writing of a long Essay, on an approved topic of the candidate's own choice, under the supervision of an academic member of staff.
SCLG6906 Dissertation Part 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x1-2hr supervision meetings weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 Assessment: Research and writing towards a dissertation of 12000-15000 words in length Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Research and writing for a dissertation, on an approved topic of the candidate's own choice, under the supervision of an academic member of staff. To be completed in SCLG6907 during the following semester i.e., candidates must enrol in both units of study.
SCLG6907 Dissertation Part 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x1-2hr supervision meetings weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 Assessment: Completion and submission of a dissertation of 12000-15000 words in length Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Completion of research and writing for a dissertation on an approved topic of the candidate's own choice, under the supervision of an academic member of staff.
SCLG6918 Introductory Quantitative Methods

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 6x 500wd activities/reports (60%), 1x2000wd Essay (20%), 1x1000wd Group work report/case study (20%), Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides students with the basic principles and procedures of quantitative research methods in the social sciences. It first introduces a range of quantitative research strategies and tools that can be deployed to collect research data, and then introduces basic statistical methods to analyse that data. By the end of the unit students should be able to interpret basic statistical data and be able to design their own quantitative research strategies to carry out social sciences research.
SCWK6910 Working with Communities

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Margot Rawsthorne Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 2x250wd blog postings (35%); 1x4000wd practice essay (45%); and class participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Working with communities is a key policy and practice priority for government and non-government agencies in Australia. This unit will critically examine the current policy frameworks informing work with communities as well as current practice models of community development and community engagement. The unit seeks to explore the why and how of work with communities. It will draw on an emerging Australian body of research about working with communities based in the community of Glebe. This unit is suitable for practitioners seeking to work more effectively with communities.
SCWK6948 Social Policy Frameworks

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Sue Goodwin Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr seminar/week - evening Assessment: 1x2000wd essay proposal and presentation (40%); 1x4000wd major essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
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.
SCWK6949 Global Social Policy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Ruth Phillips Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2hr seminar/week - evening Assessment: tutorial presentation and paper (40%); global social policy research exercise (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
There is a well-established scholarship and governmental interest in both the impact of globalisation on social policy and the emergence of what is increasingly termed 'global social policy' which is a direct response to global social problems. It is a field that is growing in the areas of social policy and social work research and practice and can be clearly linked to increased employment opportunities for social workers and social policy graduates in the international/global arena. A key perspective of this unit of study is from non-government organisations' participation in the development of a global civil society and their contribution to global social policy. It also examines the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and how NGOs have contributed to both the ambitions of the goals as well as the outcomes for different countries. This unit provides opportunities for students to deepen their understanding and knowledge of core global concerns such as poverty, health, education, environment, NGO corporate engagement and gender equality and make links to the vital role of NGOs in these areas.
USSC6201 Treatise Part 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Brendon O'Connor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x1-2hr supervision meetings weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 Assessment: Supervised research and writing towards a treatise on an approved topic, under the supervision of an academic staff member. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is the first of a three-part sequence comprising the supervised writing of a treatise of 15,000 - 20,000 words to be submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Letters in US Studies.
USSC6202 Treatise Part 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Brendon O'Connor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x1-2hr supervision meetings weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 Prerequisites: USSC6201 Assessment: Research and writing towards a treatise on an approved topic, under the supervision of an academic staff member Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is the second of a three-part sequence comprising the supervised writing of a treatise of 15,000 - 20,000 words to be submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Letters in US Studies.
USSC6203 Treatise Part 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Brendon O'Connor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x1-2hr supervision meetings weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 Assessment: Research and writing towards a treatise on an approved topic, under the supervision of an academic staff member Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is the third of a three-part sequence comprising the supervised writing of a treatise of 15,000 - 20,000 words to be submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Letters in US Studies.
USSC6204 Internship

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Brendon O'Connor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Assessment: Preparatory coursework in reflective, professional practice 2000wds, learning contract 1000wds, satisfactory completion of placement, equiv to 30 days in the field under the supervision of a workplace supervisor, in collaboration with the program Director Practical field work: An internship of 30 days equivalent Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is one of two units of study in an internship sequence that may be undertaken in partial fulfilment of requirements for the award of Master of Letters in US Studies. Part 1 is dedicated to the satisfactory completion of the internship and the development of skills necessary for an internship experience: project planning and management, developing a learning contract and critical self-reflection. In order to be considered, a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 70% across all units undertaken toward the Master of US Studies degree is required. Admission is subject to the Director's approval.
USSC6205 Internship Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Brendon O'Connor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Assessment: Research project on behalf of the workplace partner, 4000wds Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is one of two units of study in an internship sequence that may be undertaken in partial fulfilment of requirements for the award of Master of Letters in US Studies. The project (Part 2) requires the completion of a research project on behalf of the workplace partner. In order to be considered, a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 70% across all units undertaken toward the Master of US Studies degree is required. Admission is subject to the Director's approval.
USSC6207 Exchange 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Approved exchange at an accredited university in the United States Assessment: 5000 words equiv in assignments/essays Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This is one of a maximum four possible units of study to be undertaken at a university in the United States in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Letters in US Studies.
USSC6208 Exchange 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Approved exchange at an accredited university in the United States Assessment: 5000 words equiv in assignments/essays Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This is one of a maximum four possible units of study to be undertaken at a university in the United States in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Letters in US Studies.
USSC6209 Exchange 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Approved exchange at an acredited university in the United States Assessment: 5000 words equiv in assignments/essays Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This is one of a maximum four possible units of study to be undertaken at a university in the United States in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Letters in US Studies.
USSC6210 Exchange 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Approved exchange at an accredited university in the United States Assessment: 5000 words equiv in assignments/essays Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This is one of a maximum four possible units of study to be undertaken at a university in the United States in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Letters in US Studies.
USSC6901 Fundamentals of US Studies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Sheehan Session: Intensive March Classes: 2x5-hr intensive classes weeks 1 and 2, 1x6-hr intensive week 3 Assessment: class participation including journal (20%), learning portfolio (equivalent to 3000wds) (40%) and 1x3000wd research essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit introduces students to the foundations of American politics, economics, society and culture, examining the interplay of major actors and ideas from these spheres. It will familiarise students with the variegated landscape of America through analysing contemporary issues using interactive approaches to learning. Students will survey how America's political framework either engages with or impedes social and economic actors and how these dynamics are reflected in and supported or undermined by the media and artistic expression.
USSC6902 US Politics: Presidency and Congress

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Adam Lockyer Session: Intensive May Classes: 1x2-hr class/week Assessment: 1x2000-2500wd major paper (45%), 1x2hr exam (45%) and class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will examine US domestic politics through analysing the federal structure and separation of powers within the American political system. This understanding will provide an appreciation of the porous nature of US political institutions, offering social actors a variety of venues and opportunities to influence political decision-making. It will examine the factors that make some arenas more open than others and strategies that groups and political actors take to secure or prise open those avenues for change.
USSC6903 US Foreign and National Security Policy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Adam Lockyer Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr class/week Assessment: class participation (10%), 1x3000wd essay (45%) and 1x2hr exam (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will examine US foreign and security policy formulation and implementation throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It will consider US military policy, foreign economic policy, foreign energy and resource policy, policy on human rights and democracy overseas, and US responses to the proliferation of WMD and trans-national terrorism. The unit will conclude by examining US foreign and defence policy in the aftermath of 9/11, the Iraq War, and other contemporary security challenges facing the US.
USSC6905 US Economic Policy and Regulation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hours per week Assessment: Class participation (10%), 1x3000wd essay (40%), 5x500wd reading briefs (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit studies the ways in which economic and regulatory policies and institutions drive the business and social environment in the United States. Macro-economic policy, micro-economic reforms and changes to the legal framework and legal institutions have a fundamental effect on the impetus for research and development, the qualities of domestic and imported goods and services, the incentives for business and societal innovations, the extent and fairness of competition, the advancement of employment equity, the quality of education, the improvement of productivity, the attainment of social benefits and social equity, the mechanisms for rapid and equitable information transfer, the minimisation of surveillance and enforcement costs, and the equitable sharing of income and risks within US society.
USSC6906 US Constitution

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Harry Melkonian Session: Semester 1b Classes: 1x2-hr class/week Assessment: class participation (10%), oral presentation (10%), 1x1000wd short paper (10%), 1x3000wd long paper (20%), 1x2hr final open book written exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will examine the US Constitution, a document which animates nearly all facets of contemporary American life. It shapes the contours of speech and media and is constantly tested and reinterpreted by social actors, the judiciary, and political institutions. Many issues faced by foreign businesses or organisations operating in the US have a constitutional dimension. Students will participate in lively debate about the Constitution, consistent with its importance in the American landscape.
USSC6907 American Exceptionalism

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Adam Lockyer Session: Semester 1b Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Assessment: class participation (10%), 1x3000wd essay (45%), 1x2hr exam (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the motivation and meaning behind the claim that the United States of America is an exception nation. What exactly is an exceptional nation? Is the US exceptional or just different? How has the idea of exceptionalism evolved throughout American history? What are the implications or consequences of exceptionalism? To what extent and in what ways has the idea of exceptionalism shaped US history and influences America's relationship with the rest of the world?
USSC6909 The Anti-American Tradition

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr. David Smith Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/wk Assessment: 1x800wd book review (10%), 1x3000wd research essay (40%), 1x2hr exam (35%) and seminar participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit will cover the history and origins of the anti-American tradition, exploring in detail why America is often seen by many as an uncouth, naïve and ignorant nation. It will also examine claims that Americans are particularly uninformed about other cultures, global affairs and world geography. Various definitions of what is fairly called anti-Americanism will be explored as will strongly negative commentary on American culture, politics (particularly notable presidential administrators) and foreign policy.
USSC6915 Contemporary American Media

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jane Park Session: Intensive September Classes: 1x2-hr class/week, 1xscreening/week Assessment: online reading and media analysis (5 x 500 word entries), case study (2000 words) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit overviews current issues in American media studies, including the relationship between democracy and media production, theories of media influence, approaches to audience analysis, and trans-national media spheres. It emphasises the diversity of forms, texts and practices that make up the contemporary American media and the cultural flows between the US and the rest of the world. Examples include the press, advertising, genre television, narrative cinema, "current affairs", popular music, radio, and gaming and Internet cultures.
USSC6916 Research Essay in US Studies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr. Adam Lockyer Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x1-2hr supervisory meetings weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 Assessment: 1x6000wd research essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Available to Master of US Studies candidates only.
Students will undertake research essay of 6,000 words on an approved topic under the guidance of a supervisor from the Centre for US Studies. Normally, the essay involves deeper study of a subject which the student has already covered in the first semester of his or her program. Entry to this unit is subject to the permission of the Director and depends upon the availability of a supervisor from the Centre, the student's existing knowledge in the area, and her or his academic performance in the preceding semester.
USSC6917 The American City

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr. Rowena Braddock Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr class/week Assessment: seminar participation (10%), 1x1000wd multi-media scrapbook (25%), 1x oral presentation of research project (15%) and 1x4000wd final research project (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the concept, ideal and experience of the city in the United States. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this course seeks to engage a variety of discourses in its exploration of the question of the city as both an imaginary and a material construct. The particularity of the American city will be examined by considering how it is lived in terms of built form, urban life and sustainability and how it is conceived in and through its representation in literature, cinema, the visual arts, critical and cultural theory, urban studies and popular culture. From a study of sources as diverse as the changing and conflicted fictional cityscapes of Edith Wharton, Dos Passos and DeLillo; the cartoons of Frank Miller; the films of Martin Scorcese; as well as, reflecting upon and rethinking the notion of the `wounded' or `traumatised' (post-crisis) cities of NYC, Detroit and New Orleans; addressing the crucial issue of sustainability and the future of the city; and exploring the significance of contemporary urban phenomena, the American city will be discovered to be a unique, dynamic, paradoxical and profoundly influential site of human interaction and engagement.
USSC6919 American Film and Hollywood

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Bruce Isaacs Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x4-hr class/week Assessment: 1x1500wd critical analysis/evaluation (30%), 1x2500wd research essay (50%), seminar participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the relationship between 'American cinema' and Hollywood cinema. 'American cinema' draws inspiration from and attempts to contribute to cultural movements and contexts that include Hollywood but extend to literature and the visual arts more generally. Hollywood's power as a cultural sign will be examined in relation to alternative and independent film cultures. This will include not only analysis of feature films but also of writings by filmmakers and theorists. Questions of cinematic subjectivity and authorship will be a focus of the unit.
USSC6920 US Media: Politics, Culture, Technology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: John Barron Session: Winter Main Classes: Please consult Dept for class schedule Assessment: Oral presentations (500 words) (15%), 3x online tasks (1500 words) (3x15%), 1x3000wd research paper (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This Unit will focus on media coverage of political campaigns and politics in America. It will look at the role of the media in American society in shaping debates and also the power of the American media globally. The impact of the internet on American journalism will be discussed as will the future of the media.
WMST6902 Arguing the Point

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x1500wd outline/literature review (20%), 1x500wd in-Class presentation (10%) and 1x4000wd thesis chapter (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This core unit of study aims to develop scholarly skills of research, writing and argumentation. Through the study of different examples of academic research, we will carefully draw out why and how certain research and argumentation strategies are privileged in different texts. We will also closely examine different genres of academic writing and different modes of research (including empirical research). The unit will encourage students to develop their own argumentation skills and research practices.
WMST6903 Gender, Media and Consumer Societies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x5000wd Essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines theories of consumption in regards to cultural and media products and practices. From the basis of sociology, cultural studies and gender theories, we will critically analyse different forms of belonging and identity that are created through these practices. We will also pay close attention to the critiques of globalisation and consumption, theories of the 'citizen consumer' and the realities of geo-political and economic inequalities that underpin many forms of consumption. The unit focuses on theories of culture, media and consumption, principally through the analyses of case studies.
WMST6904 Modernist Cultural Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 2x Seminar presentations, written + oral (30%) and 1x5000wd final research paper, developed from a presentation (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines ideas about the modern and modernity as they continue to impact on contemporary cultural analysis. Beginning with post-Enlightenment philosophy, we will consider a range of roughly twentieth-century ideas we have come to identify with 'modernity', 'modernism' and 'postmodernism'. The unit focuses on how these concepts are used in a wide range of academic disciplines and other cultural fields, including popular culture, media, practices of museums and galleries, literature, philosophy, and the social sciences.
WMST6922 Dissertation Part 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x1-2hr supervision meetings weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 Assessment: Research and writing towards a dissertation of 12000 words on an approved topic, to be completed in WMST6923 Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Research and writing towards a dissertation of 12,000 words on an approved topic, under the supervision of an academic member of staff. Prospective candidates should consult the postgraduate coordinator prior to enrolment, in order to formulate a topic.
WMST6923 Dissertation Part 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x1-2hr supervision meetings weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 Prerequisites: WMST6922 Assessment: Completion and submission of a dissertation of 12000 words, following satisfactory progress in WMST6922 Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Completion and submission of a dissertation of 12,000 words.