International Issues & Perspectives
(Fine Arts, Arts/Social Sciences and International Studies Streams)
This Foundation Studies course challenges students to respond to future and contemporary problems confronting the international community. Through a problem-based learning approach, this multi-disciplinary course provides opportunities for students to further develop their academic skills and ability to reflect meaningfully on their learning. Students are challenged to develop informed opinions on international, regional and global issues that recognize multiple perspectives. In Standard Term 1, students are taught a problem solving process and use this to respond to challenges predicted to emerge in the future. In Standard Term 2, students apply their problem-solving insights to respond to and critically evaluate contemporary international issues. Students are required to participate in both team and independent problem solving assessment tasks.
Skills of collaborative team work; Techniques of problem solving, Analysis and research skills, Action planning; Reflective learning; Globalisation; Citizenship.
There is no assumed knowledge for this course. Students will develop skills of blended learning (combining classroom and online learning activities) and problem solving. An openness to new ways of learning will be an advantage in this course.