Study Abroad in Wollongong, Australia

Study Abroad in Wollongong: Courses

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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, many more than can be listed in this catalog. Please visit the University of Wollongong’s website for a full list of courses available in yourchosen semester.

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

This subject locates Australia and Australian history in a regional and global context. 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? 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.

ECON102 Economics (3) | Economics and Society

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.

ENGG105 Engineering (3) | Engineering Design for Sustainability

Students will draw together engineering principles covered in other subjects to develop context-appropriate solutions to engineering challenges. 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

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

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

Introduces students to the key milestones in language and literacy learning prior to school. 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.

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. 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

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.

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

Introduces 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.

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

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

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.

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

Examines the forces determining the position of women in Australian society in the 20th 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.

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

Explores the continuity of Indigenous knowledge in global contexts focusing 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.

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. Students gain an understanding of the fundamental changes that Japan has experienced since it was ‘opened up’ to the rest of the world.

MARK395 Marketing (3) | Tourism Marketing

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. 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

Provides students 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 qualitatively explore the relevant strategic, managerial and ethical issues associated with operations management.

PHIL106 Philosophy (3) | Media, Art and Society

Explores the significance and limits of human expression and communication in the digital age. 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.

PHIL217 Philosophy (4) | Global Ethics

Global Ethics consists of an in-depth analysis of issues including: 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

It will examine the institutional foundations of Australian politics, including the constitution, federalism, parliament, cabinet, political parties, interest groups. It will also focus on the importance of leadership in Australian politics, with an emphasis on recent Prime Ministers.

SCIE103 Earth Sciences (3) | Climate Change

Examines the complex topic of climate change, exploring the basis for current and potential future climate change within the context of the historical and prehistorical records of climate change. The principal drivers (forcing functions) of climate change and their responses are examined critically.

SOC104 Sociology (3) | Investigating Society

Examines 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.

February-June Semester

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

Explores some of the principal features that characterize images of Australia, Australians and the Australian continent. It 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?

BIOL104 Biology (3) | Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment

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

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

Provides an approach to discovering the rich diversity of Aboriginal art considering 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

Students learn digital camera skills, digital manipulation and printing to make photographic art works. Lectures, demonstrations, and exercises are organized to develop imagemaking 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.

COMM101 Communications (3) | Principles for Responsible Business

Examines the origins of contemporary systems of commerce, ethical and social responsibility in commerce and developments in ethical and responsible commerce. 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

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.

ECON100 Economics (3) | Economic Essentials for Business

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? do markets ever fail, and if so, why? what are some causes and implications of inflation and unemployment? and how do governments typically respond to domestic macroeconomic volatility?

EDLL101 Education (3) | Language and Learning

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 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

This subject introduces 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

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

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

Comprises 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

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.

OPS257 Operations Management (4) | Principles 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.

PHIL288 Philosophy (4) | Philosophy of Mind

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?

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

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

Provides 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. Additionally the major issues in intelligence and its measurement will be outlined.

SOC103 Sociology (3) | Introduction to Sociology

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

Begins by presenting key explanatory approaches to gender and sexuality, which include socio-biology, functionalism, feminism and post-structuralist/queer theories. Different configurations of gender and sexuality across the world’s societies are also considered to provide a contrast to contemporary western interpretations. The subject aims to challenge received opinion about gender and sexual identity and practice to uncover possibilities for greater social justice and mutual respect.

Additional Courses

In addition to the courses in this catalog, there is a wide array of courses on offer. Students should contact the AIFS Admissions Officer and check the University of Wollongong website for updates.

For course descriptions visit the University of Wollongong’s website.