617 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

617-280  INTRODUCTION TO AUSTRALIAN STUDIES: AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY   GS  3 cr
        & CULTURE
The course will focus on Australia in the twentieth century and will explore five major themes. They are: (1) Racial and National Identies. When the Australian nation was created on 1 January 1901, immigration control was a critical issue. British Australians were determined that Australia should remain a "white" society. Students will analyze how this historical legacy continues to impact indigenous and immigrant communities. (2) Comparisons with the United States. Students will examine societal, cultural, and political-economic similarities and differences between Australia and the United States. Close attention will be given to the process of establishing and rekindling a national identity, involving the comparative symbolism of nationhood and federalism. (3) Australia-Asia Interdependencies. Over the last thirty years, Australia's economic and cultural ties to Asia have intensified to the point where Australia is now commonly regarded as being "part of Asia." Students will examine the extent and effects of this "Asianization process." (4) The Impacts of Globalization on Australia. As the corporate forces of globalization diminish national sovereignty, claims for national and cultural identity are called increasingly into question. Students will explore the impacts of globalization in the Australian context, including the rise of grassroots, anti-globalization movements in the country. (5) Contemporary Debates. Several key issues define contemporary Australian society. Among them are the following: Aboriginal reconciliation, environmental management, federalism-republicanism, tax reform, immigration, trade and investment. By studying the terms of these debates, students will gain insight into the emergence of a successful, multicultural democracy in the world's driest continent. No discussion is complete without at least some mention of the Australian sense of humor that colorfully describes and summarizes these debates.
Prereq: 900-130 or 900-140 or 900-120 or consent of instructor.

617-488 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 3 cr
An intensive study of selected topics in International Studies. Subject matter will vary depending on the department and faculty member responsible for the course. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree (for different topics only).
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

617-494 SEMINAR 1-3 cr
An intensive study of selected topics in international studies that supplements the curriculum. Subject matter may vary depending on the needs and desires of the participants.
Repeatable two times for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

617-496 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-3 cr
Repeatable.

617-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.
Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor and program director.

Registrar's Office - UW-Whitewater
For comments: registrar@mail.uww.edu.
Last revised on March 10, 2000 by WDT
URL: http://www.uww.edu/catalog2000