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Going Places - Travelling Smarter (UNIB20018)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeUNIB20018
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Travel is an ambition for many cosmopolitan-minded students, either as part of a study program/exchange or as an independent project. Aimed to enhance any travel experiences, the Going Places – Travelling Smarter subject provides interdisciplinary methods to observe and interpret new environments, identify positive educational, professional and personal opportunities, and report and record reflections and experiences before, during and after travelling. Lectures from diverse disciplinary areas will present fundamental precepts relating to travel, such as cosmopolitanism, cognitive benefits of travelling, stereotyping, global and developing economies, environmental concerns, identity and alterity. Through regular preparatory research and participation in tutorials, students will develop expertise in a particular region and learn more about the rest of the world from other students in themed modules, covering subjects such as architecture, urban and rural environments, conflict, tourism, language and communication, economics, geography, gastronomy, music and creative arts. This expertise will be demonstrated through oral participation in tutorials and in online blog posts. An emphasis on ethnographic methods for negotiating intercultural encounters and new technologies for disseminating information on travelling will assist students from all faculties and disciplines to improve their ability to engage with their own and others’ mobility and deepen understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. Students will test their ethnographic skills through a collaborative research-mapping project focusing on new ways of engaging with familiar places (ie an environmental analysis of the Docklands, or multiple histories - indigenous, settler, migrant - of Port Phillip Bay). The final individual research/case-study project will draw together the broad disciplinary approaches, including ethnography, geography, communication, mapping, tourism, economics and the arts, in a more distant or unfamiliar place-based case-study (city, region, sacred site, monument, factory, etc) to expose the interconnectedness of nature and culture, business and science, people and politics, in building identity and understanding through travel and technology.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject aims to enable students to:

  • use online technologies for preparatory research, concurrent training modules and in-country communication (ie setting up blog site for use on exchange, online language courses, Google Earth for mapping)
  • identify the best travel resources for their purposes
  • engage with discourses around different ways of travelling – culinary, sporting, volunteering, walking, scientific, professional, etc.
  • develop strategies for mapping spaces of travel – geographical, architectural, historical, cultural, social, scientific, medical, linguistic etc.
  • negotiate culture shock and other potentially difficult encounters
  • explore intercultural, environmental, political and economic issues associated with travelling
  • examine tourism development strategies and their impact on cultures and economies
  • produce texts and images that demonstrate the multiple angles for understanding and recounting travel experiences

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to identify interdisciplinary methods necessary to prepare for travel experiences;
  • be able to analyse dominant factors influencing travel experiences in both general and particular contexts;
  • have developed critical thinking around intercultural, environmental, political and economic issues associated with travelling in both general and particular contexts;
  • be able to communicate research effectively on specialised topics and areas through oral presentation;
  • be able to generate texts and images that demonstrate understanding of the key issues associated with travelling, including culture shock, conflict and tourism;
  • be able to apply analytical methods relating to travel appropriately to both familiar and foreign case studies.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Individual participation in tutorials (oral presentations = 750 words) ongoing throughout semester [20%]
  • Blogs throughout semester (750 words) [20%]
  • Research-Mapping collaborative project (500 words per participant) mid semester [20%]
  • Research-Case-Study (2000 words) during the exam period [40%]

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorJacqueline Dutton
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 hours - 1 x 2 hour tutorial/workshop per week 1 x 1 hour online lecture per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorsJames Stratford and Jacqueline Dutton
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 hours - 1 x 2 hour tutorial/workshop per week 1 x 1 hour online lecture per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

It is recommended that students have completed one year of full-time undergraduate studies in any discipline/faculty before enrolling in this subject.

Further information

  • Texts

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    Reading pack will be made available

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 14 August 2019