Global Studies (A/T)

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Course information

Global Studies provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand and actively partake in an increasingly complex yet interconnected world. The course is designed to enable students to be active citizens of a global community. Through the study of topics such as philosophy, religion, political ideology, the environment, international relations, conflict, trade and technology, students will realise the complex interactions that take place every moment on this planet. They will discover how these interactions shape their everyday lives and influence how their futures will be lived, academically, professionally, socially and spiritually.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Social Science? (pdf, 110kb)

Workload expectation

Three hours outside of class per week to complete homework and assignments.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Unit 1: Australia in the World

2

Unit 2: Asian Studies

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Unit 1: Australia in the World

2

Unit 2: Asian Studies

3

Unit 3: International Relations

4

Unit 4: Global Challenges

Unit descriptions

Unit 1: Australia in the World

Australia in the World: Its history, government, ideologies, culture, geography all combine to create a unique Australian identity. What is Australia’s role in the world in the third millennium? This unit explores what it is to be Australian and how the nation interacts with the rest of the world.

Unit 2: Asian Studies

Australia always has and will be a part of Asia. The White Paper, ‘The Asian Century’, has left no doubt that Australia’s future prosperity lies in fostering constructive and trusting relationships with its Asian neighbours. Students will appreciate the long history Australia has had with Asia countries and that now, more than ever, we must re-define and embrace our place in the Asian region.

Unit 3: International Relations

As an introductory international politics unit, students will explore the nature and history of world politics and how it has evolved to meet the challenges of the third millennium.

Unit 4: Global Challenges

Humanity and the world face a plethora of challenges that both perplex and inspire. From climate change, to peak oil, to war, to poverty; each challenge though seemingly impossible to overcome is a chance for humanity to reach new heights. This final unit spurs students into action and asks, ‘What can you do to address these challenges?’