units

MON3004

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Monash Passport categoryDepth (Enhance Program)
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah McDonald

Synopsis

The unit is a interdisciplinary unit co-taught with Warwick University under the auspices of the Monash-Warwick Alliance. The unit examines and illuminates 'Identity' through a variety of approaches of different disciplines.

The unit will:

  1. help students to grasp abstract and complex ideas from a range of disciplines (=multidisciplinary), and to synthesize these into thoughtful intellectual responses (=interdiciplinary), that lead students to insights that may lie beyond the scope of a single discipline (=transdisciplinary).
  2. help students understand the symbiotic potential of traditionally distinct disciplines.
  3. engage students fully with 'active' learning. It will be faithful to the notion that participation and experiential learning foster a deeper understanding of complex material.
  4. enhance and consolidate students' academic and research abilities, while also stimulating team-work and collaboration, thus creating a pool of transferable skills that students can acquire and practice.
  5. make productive links between theoretical ideas and practical applications.

Outcomes

The unit aims by studying 'Identity' to encourage students to:

  1. investigate in detail the means by which identities are formed, changed, or imposed - as seen through the lenses of different disciplines.
  2. understand notions such as the nature of individual identity broadly, national identity, bodily identity, gender identity, racial identity, and spiritual identity.
  3. reflect both upon the increasing prominence of consumer, hybrid, border, and marginal identities, and the notion that identity can shift, that it can be fragmented, and that a variety of identities can exist simultaneously.
  4. develop an awareness of how their subject knowledge and disciplinary approach can be made accessible to a wider public.
  5. explore the relationship between the mind and body in the formation of identity.

Assessment

Research Essay: 60%
Reflective Journal: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Ten 2-hour seminar twice a week in weeks 1,2,7,8,9.
Classes outside of normal teaching hours (7-9pm or 6-8pm) to accommodate time difference with Warwick.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prohibitions

ATS3953