India Travelling Studio

Subject ABPL90260 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: TBA
Total Time Commitment:

240 hours


Admission to any master's course offered by the Melbourne School of Design or approval from the subject coordinator.

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:


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject investigates the organisation of the construction industry in various country environments, with an emphasis on the strategic selection of construction technologies and methods acording to specific social, economic, legal and technological contexts as well as regional traditions. Consisting of a seminar component and a travel component (which can vary each year depending on the focus provided by the subject coordinator), the subject will expose students to unfamiliar cultures, places and people thus stimulating their ability to reflect critically on the Australian construction environment.

  • To observe and record building industry operations in non-Australian contexts and provide an international perspecitve in construction.
  • To enable comparisons of construction markets, technologies and processes in different countries and regions.
  • To help students understand contingent relationships between construction technologies and national cultures.
  • To gauge the impact of cultural drivers within construction.
  • To encourage students to identify and engage critically with issues of geographic specificity in construction.
  • Class participation (10%)
  • Case studies and professional/portfolio reports equivalent to at least 5,000 words after returning from the trip (90%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Understanding and navigating social and cultural difference
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Organisational collaboration
  • Managing risk
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects (without prerequisites)

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