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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
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.
Last updated: 3 July 2020