Subject MULT10006 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours per week , 5 additional hours per week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None.
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Sean Cubitt


Dr Carolyn Stevens
Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to contemporary debates about globalisation and global culture. It will map the social, political, economic and ethical dimensions of globalisation through a series of case studies focusing on new forms of cultural exchange and cultural belonging. Major issues to be examined include: the relation between the global and the local. the transformation of everyday life by global flows. power and inequality in global culture. global networks and social mobility. identity and the role of the nation in global society. Through critical engagement with a variety of forms of contemporary cultural production students will gain insight into the key concepts for understanding global culture.


Students who complete this subject should:

  • Be equipped with ways of thinking that allow them to reason about social changes brought about through globalisation.
  • Possess a critical understanding of globalisation as a socially transformative and disruptive phenomenon.
  • Be able to provide a multi-disciplinary account of the interplay between global and local social phenomena.
  • Understand the broad ethical, social and political implications of globalisation.
  • Be able to draw on scholarship from regional studies, cultural studies, media and communications, development studies, and future studies.
  1. One critical essay of 800 words (20%) due early in semester.
  2. One student blog-based essay of 1200 words (30%) due late in semester.
  3. A two-hour examination (50%) in the examination period.

Students must attend a minimum of nine tutorials, demonstrate familiarity with online resources, and participate in the Faculty of Arts online learning community in order to qualify to have their written work assessed.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be 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.

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Generic Skills:
  • Understand a range of disciplines and methodologies appropriate to the texts, artefacts, theoretical structures and social practices with which they are concerned;
  • Have developed a capacity for critical thought and analysis through the construction and articulation of lucid, logical arguments;
  • Have developed oral and written skills through essay writing and tutorial participation;
  • Have acquired the tools for independent and targeted research, using library and other information services;
  • Have the ability to organise and manage their time through the planning of class assessments and the meeting of set due dates;
  • Demonstrate confidence in self-expression, while considering and articulating cultural respect: through tutorial discussions, and written assessment, particularly through completion of blog assignment.
Related Course(s): U21 Certificate in Global Issues
U21 Diploma in Global Issues
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Interdisciplinary Foundation Subjects
Related Breadth Track(s): Media && Communication

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