Mobile Worlds

Subject 121-026 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Usually completion of 100 points of first and/or second year subjects including at least 50 points at first year level from approved subjects in your home faculty.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Rachel Hughes
Subject Overview:

This subject takes as its starting point the recognition that contemporary forms of human mobility are reshaping lives, cultures and economies across the globe. The subject explores the ways in which these mobile flows are creating new places and types of space, as well as giving rise to transnational politics and cultures. A number of different forms of mobility are examined, including temporary worker migration, permanent resettlement, diasporic and nomadic communities, various tourisms and everyday mobilities like walking, driving and cycling. Along the way, this subject introduces a number of theoretical frameworks for understanding the relationship between mobility and citizenship, the nation-state, the tourism destination, home, the city, landscape, everyday practices and affects, new technologies and the human body.


A ten-minute tutorial presentation equivalent to 1000 words (during semester, 10%), a 1000-word field-based practical report (due during semester, 30%) and a 2000-word essay (due at the end of semester, 60%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have an understanding of the theoretical issues relevant to contemporary thinking about mobility in the modern world;

  • have an understanding of the social construction of difference, mobility and a sense of place.


Formerly available as 121-277/377. Students who have completed 121-277 or 121-377 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (Development Studies)
Diploma in Arts (Geography)
Diploma in Arts (Social Theory)
U21 Certificate in Global Issues (Understanding Globalisation)
U21 Diploma in Global Issues
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development Studies
Development Studies
Development Studies Major
Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures
Geography Major
Social Theory Major

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