Study Tour

Unit code: ASX5000 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Completion of an Undergraduate degree
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit is designed for students undertaking an approved postgraduate program in a number of Colleges within the Cluster of Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities. Students participate in an organised short-term or long-term study tour for the purposes of formal study combined with experiential learning in a particular culture and society. Through living, experiencing and engaging in different real-life intercultural interactions, students participate in a series of seminars hosted or organised by agencies, institutions or organisations approved by the students' course coordinators in respective Colleges.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon other cultures and societies through experiential learning;
  2. Demonstrate a good understanding of a particular theoretical framework and/or practical skills through cultural lens;
  3. Critically commentate upon the role of culture in ethical decision making or problem solving; and
  4. Persuasively advocate their recommendations in both written and oral form to socially and culturally diverse audiences.
  5. Demonstrate specific disciplinary knowledge and skills in areas of the negotiated content related course of study to provide a theoretical framework through which to anticipate and respond to authentic complex intercultural interactions;
  6. Develop analytical skills to probe, critically review, decode and evaluate culturally significant objects;


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 30%
4 reflective journal entries completed during the study tour
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
20 minutes seminar presentation at the Community Development Symposium to various stakeholders
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
Final report summarising key learning acquired from study tour, linking community development theories and principles

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up to date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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