Courses offered at Griffith

(Semester 1)

Cross-cultural History
This course concerns exchanges between peoples and individuals usually considered on opposite sides of racial, colonial and imperial frontiers. We investigate a series of historical case studies illustrating a range of cross-cultural exchanges, in Australia but also beyond, and ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. They include early colonization in the Pacific and North America; interracial sex and marriage in Australia, the US, and Africa; and the display of indigenous peoples in Worlds Fairs in Europe and the US in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

(Semester 1)

Journalism Cultures
This course is designed to equip students with knowledge of ways in which journalism is theorised and applied across different media cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. The course looks more broadly at the different roles of journalism as a cultural resource. The course will focus on case studies drawn from Australia, the Pacific, and Canada, along with others selected by students, according to their needs.

Islam, Media and Conflict
This course provides students with an understanding of global, regional and local news media production and representations of Islam and Muslim societies. It discusses new, emerging and alternative forms of media discourses of conflict in the Muslim world, and analyses selected news reports as forms of case studies. Taking the notion of ‘Orientalism’ as its starting point, the course critically examines the extent to which the mediatisation of conflict impacts relations between Islam and the West vis-a-vis debates on Orientalism, ‘Asian values’ and Islamic world views.

Islam, Media and Conflict
Personal networks extend out from intimate circles of family and friends. These social networks and personal communities expand and shift as emerging adults establish wider social and professional relationships and, later, build new households and new families. This course teaches you how to collect systematic qualitative and quantitative data on personal networks and personal communities, create network diagrams and analyse network data. We then consider contemporary understandings and expectations of family, friendship and community, paying particular attention to gender dimensions and differences, and examine macro-sociological claims about the impacts of urbanism, globalisation and communications technology on personal communities. Finally we consider strategies of studying contemporary mobile communications and social media technologies and examine emerging research findings about their impact on personal, community and online networks.

A History of Nature
This course charts the origins and history of ecological attitudes from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It focuses chiefly on changing ideas of nature in early modern Europe, but explores the global and colonial aspects of these new perceptions, ranging across a variety of historical and geographical contexts, including early America, British India and colonial Australia. Among other topics, the course examines the romanticisation of New World nature; the rise of picturesque landscape taste; the growth of `nature’ tourism; the recognition of animal rights; the interaction between European and non-European understandings of nature; and the birth of conservationist ideas and practices. At the same time, it also explores the complex relationship between ecological attitudes, processes and actions, showing how the emergence of new ideas of nature influenced, and were influenced by, environmental transformations, from climate change to deforestation.

Social Enterprise Placement
Social Enterprise Placement includes time spent at a Professional Placement with an Industry Partner from the community sector. Students will come to understand how the enterprise is organised, the social problems and/or benefits it addresses, and how it goes about achieving its goals in relation to the service it provides to the community.

(Semester 2)

Sociology of Identity
A defining feature of modern life is geographical mobility and specifically mass migration. This human movement has created complex, pluralist societies in many parts of the world. Pluralistic societies are characterized by mixtures of secularism, multi-faith communities, diversities in gender and sexual identities and lifestyles, diversity of beliefs and morality, intercultural/cross cultural families and communities. At the same time, socio-economic inequalities, prejudices and other limitations inevitably confront individuals and groups in terms of how they can imagine themselves into a different or better way of life.  Pluralistic, liberal democratic societies are also fraught with differences and disagreements about what is right and wrong, whose rights, moral beliefs or identities should be protected in law or take precedence over other group rights, beliefs and identities. This unit will examine issues of moral and identity conflict, and examines the significant place of categories in constructing how we understand and perceive who we and others are. 

(Semester 2)

International Journalism
This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge of ways in which journalism is theorised and applied in a global media environment. The course looks at the different roles of journalism as a global cultural resource. The course features international case studies selected by students, according to their needs.

Intercultural English in an Age of Globalisation
This course presents a general overview of the key issues in the area of intercultural communication in this age of increasing globalisation. Using a wide variety of authentic materials, tasks and media, this course explores the use of English in intercultural settings, with a particular focus on second language users of English.

Islam in South-East Asia
Islam is a significant feature of Southeast Asia’s past and present. Employing methodologies and insights drawn primarily from history, political science, and anthropology, this course explores Islam’s place in and contribution to contemporary Southeast Asian societies and politics, as well as its history in the region. Major themes to be explored include: the debates about Islam’s spread to Southeast Asia and its interaction with the region’s established socio-religious features; the colonial experience; Islam’s often contested place in the national life of Southeast Asian nations; its past and ongoing links with the rest of the Muslim world; and contemporary issues associated with the “War on Terror” and conflicts in Muslim societies. 

Culture, Community and Enterprise
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This course focuses on the international dimension of the not for profit sector. In particular, it explores the role of social enterprises in other countries and the role of ‘international’ social enterprises in developing countries. It addresses ethical and social issues such as problems of cross-cultural communication and the nature of social benefit in other cultures. This course also prepares students for third year placements and projects.

Energy and Environmental Security
This course examines the various approaches of governments, the business sector, and the general community to two of the key realities of our planet: rapidly diminishing energy resources and widespread, serious deterioration of environmental conditions. Key issues that are addressed include current energy and environmental problems, along with the basic policy and regulatory responses of governments, and the measures undertaken by inter-governmental organisations; the ways in which governments and businesses interact in the context of scarce energy resources; the strategies employed by the business sector at the domestic and global levels in dealing with, and attempting to profit from, environmental problems and limited energy resources; and in particular the approach of Australia and certain other countries in the Asia-Pacific region to energy and environmental security problems. This course aims to explore these issues at both the domestic and international levels, but in particular within an international relations context.

Please note – all courses are taught on the Nathan campus.

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