Academics in Sydney

Students have the option of supplementing their internship experience with relevant coursework, or just taking classes during their time abroad. Anderson University and the Consortium for Global Education have designed course offerings that are intentive in their focus upon Australia and the Pacific Rim, allowing the students the holistic experience of utilizing their location of study as a context for what they are learning in the classroom.

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Course Title - Art Down Under - from Dreamtime to the Present

This course provides an insight into many of the major movements and accomplishments that have occurred in Australian art. Each topic will look at specific works of art and the historical and sociological context in which they were produced. The influence of international art movements on Australian art and artists will be examined. The major ideas and debates regarding Aboriginal art will be introduced, focusing on the themes of tradition, identity and place. The course also explores the influence and contribution to Australian art history of feminism and multiculturalism. By exploring different approaches to Australian art students will gain a greater understanding of Australian society and culture and how it reveals itself through art.

Course Title - International Business and Trade - Australia and the Pacific Rim

The objectives of this course are to introduce the student to the theoretical analysis of international trade, trade policy and some practical implications for international business and globalisation in Australia and Pacific Rim neighbors. After these analyses, students should be able to assess more objectively major international trade issues, particularly as they may affect Australia and the U.S.

Course Title - Intercultural/Cross Cultural Communication: Theories, Practice and Factors Influencing Intercultural Communication

This course will increase the understanding of basic concepts and principles regarding communication between people from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds within Australia, including Aboriginal, and immigrant populations. The course will introduce you to theory and research in the area of intercultural communication, and will help you develop this knowledge in understanding and improving human interaction in both the study abroad environment and international contexts. It will develop effective intercultural communication skills for learning abroad in Australia, and focus on a study of the social, structural and historical dimensions of relations between and among racial, ethnic and gender groups in contemporary Australian society. This course is designed to increase students awareness and appreciation for the complexity of intercultural communication skills in everyday situations. It offers a critical perspective on current theory and research in intercultural communication. The primary objective of the course is to develop cultural relativist attitude.

Course Title - Perspectives in Experiential Learning, the CAPA Sydney Internship Course (PELA)

This course explores the world of work in Sydney and how students respond to the challenges they can be expected to encounter. The internship experience is central to this analysis as a benchmark, but a broader perspective will be employed to explore social, cultural, political, environmental and technical influences

Course Title - Leadership

This course will guide students on an intellectual journey into leadership. This journey is designed to stimulate students’ thinking about leaders and the leadership process, a journey whose purpose is to expand students’ understanding of this very complex phenomenon. Through this study, students should develop a better understanding of how to be an effective leader and how to apply leadership theories and concepts to develop/enhance their leadership skills. Cultural influences on the leadership process will also be explored.

Course Title - Managing in the Service Sector

Eight out of 10 workers in the United States (and Australia) work in the service sector, which includes such industries as education, health care, information technology, maintenance and repair, retail, transportation, and utilities. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the systematic design and management of the service processes necessary to deliver a level of performance that consistently surpasses customers’ expectations. The focus is on service management, customer satisfaction and developing service/quality solutions for service-providers. Students will perform case analyses of service providers.

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