Courses offered at James Cook


Globailsation:  Historical Perspectives (HI2/3001) – Dr Claire Brennan

This course explores the history of globalisation.  It examines the economic, cultural, political and ecological transformations that have increasingly interconnected peoples and places around the globe.  Among key issues examined are: the formation of the world-system; the structuring of global production and consumption; the simultaneous operation of pan-global and local forces and the challenges to the sovereignty of the nation state.

The following subjects focus on two themes:  Communication, Identity and Cultural Diversity, and People, Politics and Culture.

Media and Race Relations (IA3101:03) – Dr Felicia Watkin
This subject explores race relations between different cultural groups within Australia, past and present.  Contemporary migration and refugee issues are explored in terms of media reporting and impact on attitudes and relationships in society.  The role of the media play in improving race relations within Australia, as well as, the protocols and ethics appropriate to reporting are taught.  The question of objectivity within this context, the ownership of stories and access to information are examined.  Students are introduced to issues and notions through online learning including the discussion board and e-mail, digital media and reading materials.  It is essential that students have access to the World Wide Web to complete this subject; students who do not have access to e-mail must notify the subject coordinator.

Regional Features:  Place, Location, Australia and Asia in Cinema (CN2205) – Dr Allison Craven (Taught in block mode in Study Period 7 which is 20 June to 29 July)
This subject is a study of place and location in contemporary film and screen media, including textual, social and industrial aspects.  Lectures examine settings and locations in films, and the social geography of film viewing and production.

Culture, Knowledge and Environment (AN2/3013) – Dr Simon Foale & Dr Michael Wood
This subject explores the key concepts and debates concerning the nature of knowledge, how it relates to ecological and other ideological issues and the position of indigenous knowledge systems in these concerns. Science will be examined as a culturally specific approach to the environment and its protection and preservation. Indigenous knowledge systems, modes of production and conceptions of technology will be explored to assess what they may offer in terms of generating new approaches to environmental management issues. Some of the guiding ideas relating to key concepts such as human being, nature, ecology, civilised, wild, resource and conservation will be examined from a historical and cultural perspective. The focus of the subject is to understand eco-cosmologies in a variety of cultural contexts ranging from Australia to Asia and to explore the intersection of local with global environmental politics.

Australia and World Politics (PL2/3250) – Dr Janine Hiddlestone
This subject examines Australia´s global position and role. It explores the evolution of Australian foreign, defence and trade policies and investigates the assumptions about Australia and the world whickh underpin those policies. The subject is structured in four mocels (with accompanying readngs) dealing with: theoretical concepts; historical perspectives; process, partisanship and political economy; strategic and defence perspectives.

Australian and Pacific Exploration (HI2/3006) – Dr Claire Brennan
This subject examines the way in which European and other explorers have engaged with the invironments and peoples of the Australian continent and the wider Pacific. It raises questions about the nature of European exploration, its physical and intellectual underpinnings, and its consequences.



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