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Social Justice Field Trip

Students will spend seven days exploring the realities, complexities and experiences of indigenousness within the Australian context.  The study field trip will help build a greater understanding of how communities in small, rural settings of Australia engage with work, with the environment, with each other and with the wider Australian and Oceanic community.  There will be opportunities to engage at multiple levels with representatives of several indigenous  communities through a variety of activities.


Course Descriptions

All students take the following courses which are taught at the Arcadia Study Center in Sydney.

  • SYDI SOCS 320 The Dry Edge of Sydney Harbour - Exploring the Contemporary Urban Condition [3 semester credits, 5 quarter units]:

    Students will explore Sydney’s sociological, cultural, and built environments in order to understand the complexity of a city with foundations in colonialism, which has evolved as a highly urbanised metropolis along the Australian coastline. Students will consider the inextricable links between water, landscape, colonialism and the city’s layout; the relationship between climate change and future city development; the contemporary architecture, landscape and hybrid spaces that comprise the city of Sydney; and the role of Indigenousness in the city, with regard to history, funding, politics and built works.


  • SYDI INPR 310 Work in Thought and Action: Research Project and Internship [3 semester credits, 5 quarter units]:
    The Research Project is the core assessment component of the workplace experience. The outcome of this component is a major piece of written work that is planned, researched and prepared during the course of the internship. Ideally, it should link, in some way, the work in which the student is engaged in at the workplace with academic work the student is undertaking whilst in Australia. It may also link to prior studies. An academic supervisor is provided for each student. Two Research Methods seminars will be undertaken and the student will see their supervisor several times in tutorial sessions throughout the course of the program. This project is presented and defended during the final week’s oral presentation.


  • SYDI POLI 149/SYDI ANAU 360 Australian Issues: History, Culture and Identity [3 semester credits, 5 quarter units]:
    This multidisciplinary course provides students with an introduction to Australian society, past and present. Students will consider the major social, political and cultural themes of contemporary Australian society and how they have been shaped by past policies and practice. Of particular importance will the question of human rights for Indigenous people, for those seeking asylum and for marginalized groups excluded from accessing their share of the spoils of the ‘lucky country’.

    The course will also examine Australia’s role in global affairs, students will be expected to make comparisons with other political and cultural trends worldwide such as global warming, globalization and the war on terror. The unit makes extensive use of film, literature, theatre, museum visits and public speaking events. In addition to traditional lectures, in class presentations will make use of multi‐media resources and case studies in which students are required to actively debate and argue a position.
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