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Postgraduate electives

Are you passionate about politics? Wanting to develop your management and leadership skills? Concerned about whether globalisation has been for the better or worse? Eager to develop your understanding of mass media across East and Southeast Asia? Interested in understanding the Australian welfare system and contemporary social policy?

You can learn all of these things, plus much more, through the extensive range of electives offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Whether you are already studying arts and social sciences, or undertaking a degree that provides you with the flexibility to take units of study outside of your host faculty, we invite you to explore our exciting range of electives.

Below is a small list of just some of the many arts and social sciences electives available to postgraduate students in Semester 2 2018. You can find out more about these units and the many others available by visiting the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' 2018 Postgraduate Handbook

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Postgraduate electives

Unit of study


ARHT6956 - Indigenising Museums: Theory and Practice The unit engages students with the particular sensitivities and protocols involved in caring for historic and contemporary collections of Indigenous art and culture in Australia and overseas. Shifts in the balance of cultural power have compelled many museums to critically reflect on the way that Indigenous collections and objects are stored, handled, interpreted and displayed and this unit will examine the theories and methodologies of Indigenising museums.
ECOP6012 - Country Risk Analysis The impacts of volatility are an ever-present concern for policymakers, firms and households. This unit looks at a diverse range of methods and techniques for assessing country risk (e.g., economic risk, financial risk, sovereign (default) risk, socio-political risk, etc). This entails an overview of the (political) economic frameworks and connecting both qualitative and quantitative approaches to the current research on leading indicators and early warning systems.
GOVT6319 - Governance and Public Policy Making The course is focused on two major concepts which are mobilised in the explanation of the way we are governed: 'public policy' and 'governance'. It aims to clarify what is meant by these constructs, and how they can be used in the analysis of governing. It examines the argument that 'governance' denotes a change in the way we are governed, and works through a combination of analytic development and detailed empirical cases to establish the significance of these concepts in both the analysis and the practice of governing.
LNGS7109 - Language and identity This unit examines the expression of social identities and relationships through language, including the connections between social group style-shifting and registers.
LNGS7507 - Language and Communities How does it feel when your mother tongue is only spoken in your own village and not viewed as a 'proper' language? Are these communities justified in trying to revitalize their ancestral tongues? This unit will analyze the dilemmas faced by speakers of minority languages. We will address how to respectfully communicate and interact with these communities.
PACS6923 - The Human Right to Food The human right to adequate food is considered in light of recent developments in economic and social rights to complement civil and political rights: historical foundations; the influence of the World Food Summit 1996; the application of the human right to adequate food in various contexts - specific countries, in relation to refugees, infants etc; analysing concrete situations to identify violations of the human right to adequate food; and formulating proposals for policy and legislation to realise the human right to adequate food in specific contexts.
SCLG6916 - Indigenous Rights - Global Issues This unit will provide students with an appreciation of the Indigenous peoples' struggle for Indigenous rights through an understanding of international, regional and national processes relevant to this struggle. Students will not only learn about Indigenous peoples histories in relation to colonisation and state building and the relevance of the nation-state and governments to the struggle for Indigenous rights but also the significance of international law, globalisation and economic development to Indigenous peoples struggle for Indigenous rights.