Study Abroad in Wollongong, Australia

Study Abroad in Wollongong: Courses

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University of the South Pacific, Fiji

The following is a sample of the lecture subjects covered in Fiji:

  • Settlement and Colonization of the Pacific: Western Contact, Self-Determining and Independence Movements
  • Contemporary Issues in the Pacific: Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise
  • Contemporary Issues in the Pacific: Traditions, Capitalism and Globalization
  • Traditional Arts of Oceania

University of Wollongong Courses

Australian universities offer 3-year degrees in courses of specialized study and students begin at the equivalent of the U.S. sophomore level with no introductory courses offered. AIFS students can take up to 4 courses; however due to the heavy workload required, the university recommends that students take 3. On the University of Wollongong website you will see that courses are listed for 6 or 8 Australian credit points and below is the suggested conversion to U.S. credits.

Australian Credit Points Recommended U.S. Credits
6 3-4
8 4-5


The University of Wollongong gives 8 Australian credit points to many 200 and 300 level courses due to the extra effort students are required to put forth on these courses in terms of extra study time and lecture hours and / or tutorial sessions.

To follow is a list of popular courses previous study abroad students have taken; however, a wide range of courses is available each semester. Please visit the University of Wollongong’s website for a full list of courses available in your chosen semester. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University of Wollongong.

For each course listed below the number of recommended U.S. semester credits is shown in parentheses.

July-November Semester

AUST102 Australian Studies (3) | Locating Australia

Where is Australia? Is it in Asia? Or is it an extension of Europe as part of the former British Empire? Is it a satellite of the USA? Or is it a part of the Pacific? What about the Tasman World? Or the Southern Ocean and Antarctica? This subject locates Australia and Australian history in a regional and global context. It asks: how does thinking ‘transnationally’ contribute to our understanding of a nation’s development? The course takes students beyond national borders to critically explore the ways in which a vast network of economic, political and cultural relationships have helped create Australia.

BIOL252 Biology (3) | Evolution and Behavior

Students will investigate the key concepts of evolutionary theory, selection, drift, mutation, gene expression and inheritance, plasticity and canalization, factors changing frequencies, mating systems, sexual selection, mate choice, sociality, life history strategies and trade-offs.

CAPF112 Creative Arts and Theater (3) | Stagecraft 2

This subject will explore different techniques for making theater. It will introduce a variety of techniques of acting and introduce students to the particular demands of a range of theatrical forms and genres. Students will consider and explore the practical requirements of different stages, and experiment with the body and the use of space.

CST370 Cultural Studies (4) | Race and Culture

Why does race matter now? It would be easy to think that in a progressive, multi-cultural country like Australia that race no longer matters. In this subject we will historically trace ‘race thinking’ and how it impacts on us now. We will also learn how to critically engage with race/racialized practices that are often obscured or not easy to detect in major contemporary issues such as environmentalism, health, law and justice, sport, art, music and cultural celebrations.

ECON102 Economics (3) | Economics and Society

This subject introduces students to the economic analysis of contemporary social issues—particularly: inequality, human resources, the environment, growth and development and international trade, among others—and the institutions that play a significant role in shaping them. The subject serves as a vehicle to introduce the important role of economic analysis in a globalized world.

ENGG105 Engineering (3) | Engineering Design for Sustainability

In this subject, students will draw together engineering principles covered in other subjects to develop context-appropriate solutions to engineering challenges. Students will work in teams undertaking investigation, concept development, and detailed design that demonstrates innovative and creative thinking. Students must consider the technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of a design problem to produce solutions that are likely to be workable in the real world.

ENGL131 English Literature (3) | Australian Fiction and Film

Culture can be a way to consolidate nations and states. How has this happened in a “young” nation-state like Australia? This subject introduces students to the development of literature in Australia from the late nineteenth century to the present day and examines poetry, novels, films and short stories. Students will consider national literature as a cultural project shaped by writers in response to a changing nation-state.

ENGL377 English Literature (4) | Social Justice and Children’s Literature

Literature for children is widely considered to serve a socializing function and therefore is understood as one of the means by which children learn how to be responsible and ethical individuals. While children’s literature often supports dominant systems of beliefs, there is a body of texts that overtly challenge such dominant narratives. In this subject, we will analyze a number of contemporary texts for children that arguably position child readers to challenge the status quo and to act in socially-responsible ways. We will situate these texts in the context of larger cultural and political practices and discourses.

EYLL102 Education (3) | Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

This subject introduces students to the key milestones in language and literacy learning prior to school. It considers socio-cultural variations in these processes by examining family/ home literacy bidialectalism (with a focus on Aboriginal English), bilingualism, socio-economic status and gender values. It encourages students to consider the role of children’s literature in supporting the development of language and verbal, visual and multimodal literacy. It provides a strong and comprehensive socio-cultural theoretical perspective from which students can observe and develop profiles of children’s language and literacy development and critically evaluate, design and implement literacy-oriented experiences and environments for children aged birth to five years.

GEOG123 Geography (3) | Indigenous Geographies

‘Indigenous Geographies’ focuses on the geographic perspectives of Indigenous belonging, reconciliation politics, Indigenous land, and environmental claims and disputes. Content is framed around social and ecological change, introducing students to appropriate ethical, cultural and research skills to respond to social inequities and environmental challenges. The primary focus is Australia, with an overview of the international context. The subject includes colonial history in relation to land, legal and policy processes, and the cultural dimensions of Indigenous relationships to ‘country’.

GEOG222 Geography (3) | Environmental Impact of Societies

Humans have been transforming the Earth and its processes for many thousands of years. This subject provides an overview of those long term interactions as a context for better understanding contemporary environmental concerns. Topics include prehistoric human interactions with the environment, and Australian environmental issues (e.g. climate change, cities, energy, pollution, food supply, biodiversity) in a global context. Students will be introduced to a variety of research methods relevant to this field.

HAS121 Health and Social Science (3) | Human Development in Social Context

Human development is shaped by interactions between the individual and the environment. This subject explores normative human development across the lifespan, from prenatal to adult development and ageing. Major theories of psychosocial development will be covered, and processes of socialization and identity formation will be highlighted. Ecological systems theory serves as an organizing framework to examine the influence of social environments and relationships at different developmental periods. Variation in development is considered, including empirical research and theory on the influence of social class, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, and other background variables on development.

HAS131 Health and Social Science (3) | Criminal Justice Policy and Procedure

This subject will introduce students to the fundamentals of criminology, grounded by a social sciences perspective. It provides the foundations for the major stream in criminology, introducing students to core topics around: the law, the nature and workings of the criminal justice system; the police and policing; and sentencing principles and practices. Social perspectives of crime and justice will be discussed and the role of society in shaping, managing and preventing crime will be debated.

HIST201 History (4) | An Ocean of History: An Introduction to the Pacific World

This subject surveys the history of the Pacific Ocean from first human settlement to the mid-twentieth century. It explores the influences, processes and events that have connected island societies with each other, with nations on the ocean’s rim and with the wider world. Drawing on diverse Indigenous and Western perspectives, it examines the nature and significance of maritime mobilities, cross-cultural encounters, and the circulation and exchange of people, commodities and ideas.

HIST203 History (4) | Australians and the Great War

This subject examines the impact of war on European Australian society to 1918 with an emphasis on the Home Front and the place of war as a catalyst for social change. Major themes examined include the nature of war, the geopolitical context of empire, enlistment and conscription, women and families in wartime Australia, disloyalists and ‘enemies within’, war and moral persuasion, the soldiers’ war, grief and commemoration, and digger and Anzac as nation building myths. Selected campaigns in which Australians played a significant part will be acknowledged.

HIST318 History (4) | The Making of the Modern Australian Woman

This subject examines the forces determining the position of women in Australian society in the twentieth century. It begins with the demographic transition of the 1890s and explores the effects of reduced fertility on marriage and family formation in the twentieth century and how these changes affected the lives of women. Analysis of the domestic ideology and the rise of women’s liberation are major themes. How structural change in the Australian economy affected women’s life chances by creating or limiting their education and employment forms is an important area of enquiry, as are political and social perspectives on the role of women.

INDS130 Indigenous Studies (3) | Indigenous Knowledge in Global Contexts

This course explores the continuity of Indigenous knowledge in global contexts. The subject focuses on how Indigenous populations understand themselves and how this translates into social and cultural practices. INDS130 looks at Indigenous knowledges in relation to land, water and sky and the way in which knowledge is applied in traditional and contemporary contexts. This subject also considers how knowledge is reproduced and represented in various forms.

JAPA216 Japanese Studies (4) | The Making of a Globalized Japan

Addressing Japan’s cultural, political and social changes from the beginning of its modernization period in the 1860s through its transformation into a modern state and its subsequent emergence as an economic power. Themes covered include territorial disputes, ethnic and gender identities, migration, labor relations, the events of 11 March 2011 and popular culture. These themes are designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental changes that Japan has experienced since it was ‘opened up’ to the rest of the world following decades of seclusion and the position it holds in the contemporary international arena.

MARK395 Marketing (3) | Tourism Marketing

This subject introduces, discusses and analyses issues unique to the marketing of tourism. The focus of this subject is the application and extension of marketing principles and theories in the development of strategic marketing approaches for tourism products. Tourism products include the destination, accommodation and tour operator sectors of the tourism industry at the regional, national and international level. In addition, the subject identifies and discusses contemporary issues in tourism marketing, including online and database marketing and sustainability/ sustainable tourism.

OPS216 Operations Management (3) | Operations Management

The purpose of this subject is to provide the student with a broad understanding of the key issues in modern operations management in both manufacturing and service organizations, and to allow the student to develop some basic skills in the methodologies of operations management. It is an introductory subject designed for undergraduate students with no previous study in operations management. The subject content and assessment components reflect quantitative procedures associated with operations management and also qualitatively explore the relevant strategic, managerial and ethical issues associated with operations management.

PHIL106 Philosophy (3) | Media, Art and Society

This subject explores the significance and limits of human expression and communication in the digital age. Expression includes such things as artistic expression, written and spoken communication, and political activism. The subject will address the function of the mass media in democratic societies, the nature and significance of artistic expression, and the justifiability of regulating some types of expression. Case studies and topics to be examined include art and censorship, media violence, hate speech, pornography, and media regulation.

PHIL217 Philosophy (4) | Global Ethics

Many of the most important ethical and political issues today have global dimensions. Examples include poverty and development, climate change and other environmental problems, and human rights. Global Ethics consists of an in-depth analysis of some of these issues. Topics treated may include whether individuals and governments in rich countries should give more aid to people in poor countries; whether there is such a thing as global justice; the conditions under which military action aimed at protecting human rights in foreign countries might be morally justified; what ‘development’ is; and who should do what in response to climate change.

POL221 Politics (3) | Australian Politics

This course focuses on the study of Australian politics. It will examine the institutional foundations of Australian politics, including the constitution, federalism, parliament, cabinet, political parties, interest groups. It will consider the role of ideas in Australian politics, in particular liberalism, conservatism and social democracy. It will also focus on the importance of leadership in Australian politics, with an emphasis on recent Prime Ministers and the way in which the media and other forms of political communication have affected patterns of leadership. Finally, in this context, it will examine the ways in which political power has been concentrated in recent times in Australia.

SCIE103 Earth Sciences (3) | Climate Change

This subject examines the complex topic of climate change, exploring the basis for current and potential future climate change within the context of the historical and pre-historical records of climate change. The principal drivers (forcing functions) of climate change and their responses are examined critically. After surveying some fundamental concepts in climate science and the Earth’s climate system today, the subject briefly reviews ‘deep time’ perspectives of climate change to assess the magnitude of responses to climate change in Earth surface environments.

SOC104 Sociology (3) | Investigating Society

The main job of the sociologist is to explain how society works, to identify new trends and to diagnose and offer solutions to social problems. Sociologists describe and explain people’s behavior and generate rich understandings of our society. In order to do this, sociologists need access to information. How is this information generated and how do we assess its accuracy and usefulness? In this subject we look at how sociologists go about gathering and producing relevant and accurate information about people and society. We ask what kinds of research methods are appropriate for studying different social issues such as criminal gangs, suicide, marriage and divorce rates, and teenage sexuality and we consider how different research methods can produce different kinds of results. We look at primary methods (things that sociologists do themselves to generate data) as well as the use of secondary data (information obtained from pre-existing sources) and consider how the research approach may introduce bias or otherwise change the object under investigation.

February-June Semester

AUST101 Australian Studies (3) | Australian Studies: Cultures and Identities

This subject introduces students to some of the important issues and academic debates about identities in Australia. It explores some of the principal features that characterize images of Australia, Australians and the Australian continent. It approaches the subject from an historical and cultural perspective and asks what ‘being Australian’ has meant to different people at different times, both for the social groups and individuals who have shaped dominant notions of national identity and those who have challenged them. What did it mean, for example, to Indigenous people, to women, to immigrants? The subject also critically examines expressions of Australian identity through some of its national rites and rituals such as Australia Day, Anzac Day, tourism, and the beach.

BIOL104 Biology (3) | Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment

This subject aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to whole organism biology, from species to populations, communities and ecosystems. Specifically, the subject explores the identity, anatomical and life-history characteristics of the main groups of organisms, their patterns of diversity across Earth, the processes of evolution and speciation, ecology and conservation biology. In addition, through a series of practical and tutorial classes, the subject equips students with an understanding of the scientific process, ways in which experiments are designed and implemented, the processes of data collection, analysis and hypothesis testing, and scientific writing.

CAMS101 Creative Arts / Music (3) | Music Skills 1

This subject provides an introduction to music theory and practice through an integrated approach to aural, notation and keyboard training. Individual practice of these skills outside class time is a requirement of this subject. Students gain experience in composition and performance through a series of creative exercises, including the presentation of a song.

CAVA123 Creative Arts / Art (3) | Australian Aboriginal Arts

This subject provides an approach to discovering the rich diversity of Aboriginal art giving consideration to both traditional and new forms of cultural expression. The subject surveys developments in visual arts as well as performance, music and literature, focusing on contemporary Aboriginal artists and the contexts in which they practice.

CAVA124 Creative Arts / Art (3) | Introduction to Photography

This is an introduction to digital photography and Photoshop. Students learn digital camera skills, digital manipulation and printing to make photographic art works. Lectures, demonstrations, and exercises are organized to develop image-making techniques and critical skills to create self-directed art projects using photography. Topics covered include: camera skills, lighting, composition, Photoshop and an overview of contemporary art photography. Students are expected to maintain a visual diary of their art processes. Students will learn to use a digital SLR, but may use any digital camera for major assignments.

COMM101 Communications (3) | Principles for Responsible Business

The subject provides students with a conceptual tool kit for understanding and practicing responsible and ethical Commerce. The topics covered will include the origins of contemporary systems of commerce, ethical and social responsibility in commerce and developments in ethical and responsible commerce. Areas addressed include the environment, globalization, technology, anti-corruption, labor and human rights. Students will examine these issues from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives and apply them to contemporary commercial contexts.

CST120 Cultural Studies (3) | Culture and Society

Everyday life is generally taken as an unquestioned given. This course takes this supposedly normative everyday and examines it as a complex cultural production and a field of contestation. Providing an overview of the key concepts, theorists, and research in cultural studies, we will ask: what is culture; how does culture ‘work’ in the context of everyday life; why is it important to analyze culture? In exploring these questions we will address: the nuanced and complicated ways that everyday life can be understood in national and international contexts; how cultural difference is produced and practiced, at the level of nation (and beyond); and how ideas about citizenship and place intersect with gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.

ECON100 Economics (3) | Economic Essentials for Business

This subject introduces students to essential macroeconomic and microeconomic ideas, models and reasoning. This economic knowledge is used to explore important questions such as, is economics a value free science?, do individuals behave rationally?, how and why do market structures vary across different industries and why is this knowledge important?, do markets ever fail, and if so, why?, what are some causes and implications of inflation and unemployment?, how do monetary and financial systems operate?, and how do governments typically respond to domestic macroeconomic volatility? While these questions will not be fully answered in this introductory subject, policy challenges and case studies will be used to demonstrate the importance of basic economic reasoning if sensible answers to economic and social challenges are to be found, and to stimulate greater awareness of economic approaches to the analysis of contemporary social issues.

EDLL101 Education (3) | Language and Learning

This subject recognizes that language is central to the learning process. It develops understandings of the role of language in learning and the different roles played by spoken and written language. Students will investigate the language demands of the different Key Learning Areas and develop a repertoire of teaching strategies to assist students in meeting these demands. The subject will take into account the nature of the learner, including EAL/D students and students experiencing difficulties with oral and written language. The language needs of the Education students themselves will be addressed as they come to grips with the language demands of academic and professional contexts.

EESC101 Environmental Science (3) | Planet Earth

How does the solid planet Earth function and of what does it consist? This subject provides an introduction to Earth sciences by considering topics such as geological time, the solar system, the interior of Earth, tectonics and structural geology, crystals, minerals, volcanoes and volcanic processes, and characteristics of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

ENGL120 English (3) | An Introduction to Literature and Film

This subject is an introduction to the reading and interpretation of texts. Students will be introduced to the principles, processes, and methodologies involved in the critical reading of texts drawn from prose fiction, poetry, and film.

HAS232 Social Science / Criminology (4) | Crime and Delinquency

This subject will focus on the practical application of criminology to real world issues of social concern. Topics covered will include crime reporting, forecasting and interpreting crime statistics; crime perpetration and recidivism; victims and victimology; media reportage of crime; power, politics and social exclusion; procedural justice and legitimacy; public policy and legislation; and human rights.

INST201 International Studies (4) | Model United Nations

The subject will comprise four related modules: 1. the formation, role and operation of the UN system and the key challenges and constraints; 2. researching and writing briefing and policy papers on global challenges; 3. international negotiation skills; and 4. the MUN simulation which will be on a recent issue in the UN. In this way, the subject will focus on key skills needed for global careers but the topic matter will change each year to reflect the international agenda and student interest.

MGNT102 Management (3) | Business Communications

This subject introduces the theory and practice of communication in business and in workplaces. It offers knowledge and information on how students can become more effective by becoming culturally sensitive and humane communicators, both personally and professionally, in a range of multi-modal environments. It examines and discusses the cultural, organizational and personal contexts and processes of communication, including groups, meetings, interviews, public speaking, presentations and writing. Other issues discussed include interpersonal skills, understandings of non-verbal messages, listening practices and building relationships in business and workplaces.

OPS257 Operations Management (4) | Principles of Supply Chain Management

This subject introduces students to the principles and techniques of supply chain management. Students are provided with an overview of the main functions associated with managing supply chains, such as purchasing, operations, logistics and relational integration. Core topics and concepts covered include: the bullwhip effect, supplier relationships, forecasting and demand management, enterprise resource planning and transportation’s role in the supply chain and in customer relationship management. The subject also provides the student with an understanding of the challenges of measuring supply chain performance.

PHIL288 Philosophy (4) | Philosophy of Mind

This subject provides an overview of basic questions in philosophy of mind. These include: What are the most important and distinctive features of minds? How does mentality relate to the world, the body, and the brain? Where do minds begin and end? How can a few pounds of soggy grey matter give rise to the sensational world of our conscious experience? Can mainstream science make sense of such everyday phenomena or do we need to expand our understanding of what is natural so as to accommodate them?

POL150 Politics (3) | Government, Power and Political Systems

POL 150 is a broad comparative subject that aims to embed fundamental concepts that are essential to the study of politics: citizen, individual, gender, state, government, civil society, political parties and systems, as well as international organizations and institutions. It draws on Australian, Asia-Pacific, American, and European examples to illuminate specific issues in domestic, comparative and global politics.

PYSC231 Psychology (4) | Personality

This subject will provide students with an understanding of the past and current theories in personality development, theories and change. For the personality theories relevant current research will be highlighted. Related areas of individual differences will be covered including measurement issues in personality, personality culture, situation, stability and change will also be covered. Additionally the major issues in intelligence and its measurement will be outlined.

SOC103 Sociology (3) | Introduction to Sociology

This course provides an engaging and accessible introduction to Sociology, the study of society. Sociology enriches our understanding of the social world, gives us tools to use in assessing and reflecting on social life, and provides the research skills vital for employment. SOC103 highlights the everyday relevance of Sociology. It invites students to ‘see Sociology in the world’ – to make meaningful connections between the subject matter of the course and students’ own social worlds. The course introduces Sociology’s examination of the connections between individual behavior and wider social forces, using case studies of families and gender, sexualities, class inequalities, and deviance and crime.

SOC210 Sociology (4) | Genders and Sexualities

Are there only two genders? Does femininity belong to women? Is it natural for men to be violent? Why are less than 10 percent of Australia’s senior executives female? Why are nearly 80 percent of suicides in Australia male? Why are some people’s sexual choices institutionalized and others criminalized? This subject explores these and other practical gender and sexuality related issues. It begins by presenting key explanatory approaches to gender and sexuality, which include socio-biology, functionalism, feminism and poststructuralist/queer theories. Using this theoretical knowledge, patterns of gender practice and sexual identity within and across institutions such as the family, education, work, media, law, and medicine are investigated. Different configurations of gender and sexuality across the world’s societies are also considered so as to provide a contrast to contemporary western interpretations. The subject aims to challenge received opinion about gender and sexual identity and practice so as to uncover possibilities for greater social justice and mutual respect.