Academics

University of Newcastle

Courses: Students must choose at least two courses from the list of Australian Studies courses that is posted below.  Students will then select two additional courses from the wide variety of courses available to visiting students, pending equivalent prerequisites and enrollment capacity. NOTE: When reviewing course options, make sure the course is available at “Callaghan Campus, Semester 1”. 

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/course (click on the specific course type for more information on courses)

Your two additional courses can come from:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Education
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Foreign Languages and Linguistics
  • Health, Sport and Recreation
  • Humanities
  • International Relations /Studies
  • Languages
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Media and Journalism
  • Social Sciences
  • Performing Arts and Visual Arts
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Religion

A Word about the Australian Educational System:  The academic system in Australia can be quite different than the U.S. system.  There are generally fewer class, or contact, hours per week than in the U.S., and there is less continuous assessment of students’ academic performance.  Study in the Australia requires a great degree of self-discipline in order to do self-directed study.  Students are expected to be much more independent, and students entering college are already focused on a major or academic specialization.

Assessments may vary in each unit of study from a 6000 word assignment and no exam in one unit, to a 4000 word assignment and two hours of formal exams in another. A significant proportion of the assignments in each unit will usually be devoted to a major essay of 3000-4000 words. Other types of assessment include group work, oral presentations and take home exams. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments such as a paper and final exam.  Daily assignments in courses are rare, and students are generally expected to keep up with course work and reading without prompting. Contact with professors is more limited, and most instructors have a lecture-based teaching style.

A unit of study is the class (subject) in which students enroll. Most undergraduate Study Abroad and Exchange students select 1000-3000 level units in areas that they have already studied at their home institution.

  • 1000 level units of study are introductory or Lower Division units (equivalent to USA Freshman or Sophomore level)
  • 2000 level units are Intermediate level units (equivalent to USA Junior level)
  • 3000 level units are Senior level units (equivalent to USA Senior level)

Number of Credits: Students who complete the Spring Semester in Newcastle receive 16 semester credit hours for four courses at the University of Newcastle. Rollins Credit equivalent for UN courses: 10 credit points = 4 credits at Rollins. Students must take at least 3 courses to be considered full-time at Rollins. Typically, each course has a lecture that meets once a week for approximately two hours and tutorial that meets once a week for one hour. Lecture times are fixed and students can choose from several tutorials.

Transfer of Credits: Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from the University of Newcastle.

Faculty and Staff: All courses are taught by faculty at the University of Newcastle.  The TEAN Resident Director is Christian Bonett based in Sydney.

 Sample Australian Studies Courses

Course number

Course title

Prerequisites (if any)

ABOR1110

Introduction to Aboriginal Studies

N/A

ABOR1370

Working with Aboriginal Communities

N/A

ABOR1901

Aboriginal Studies

N/A

ABOR1902

Indigenous Australian Cultural Experience

Completion of ABOR1110 is a requirement to enroll in this course to ensure appropriate preliminary understanding of Indigenous culture prior to exposure to Indigenous communities and strict adherence to cultural protocols and respect.

ABOR2022

Aboriginal Cultural Immersion

ABOR1110 or equivalent introductory Aboriginal Studies course

ABOR2241

Aboriginal Political Protest

ABOR1110 or equivalent introductory course in Australian Aboriginal studies.

ABOR2330

Traditional Aboriginal Society

Students need a basic understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society equivalent to ABOR1110.

ABOR2340

Abor Health: Causes & Burden of Ill Health

Students need a basic understanding of Aboriginal society equivalent to ABOR1210 or ABOR1110. ABOR1340, Aboriginal Health, Past and Present and ABOR1350, Aboriginal Health Practices, or equivalent are also recommended.

ABOR2440

Aboriginal Health Past and Present

Students need a basic understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society equivalent to ABOR1110.

ABOR3021

Australian Indigenous Language & Cultural Issues Today

ABOR1110 or equivalent introductory Aboriginal studies

ABOR3024

Aboriginal Community Development and Advocacy

Students need a basic understanding of Aboriginal society equivalent to ABOR1110 and study and/or experience equivalent to ABOR1370

ABOR3500

Aboriginal Education, Policies and Issues

N/A

ENGL2009

Contemporary Australian Literature

Have taken (2) English courses already

AART2100

Australian Art

N/A

ENGL3045

Indigenous Australia in Literature: Listenin' Up

N/A

ENVS2006

Ecology & Management of Australian Fauna

BIOL1001 or BIOL1002, and BIOL1003 (Callaghan students)

ENGL3999

Contemporary Australian Poetry

Have taken (2) English courses already

EPHUMA131

Australian History 1

N/A

EPHUMA137

Australian Culture and Society

N/A

EPHUMA312

Australian Human and Environmental Systems

N/A

HIST1010

Foundations of Australian Society

N/A

HIST1020

Australia in the Twentieth Century

N/A

HIST1051

The Australian Experience

N/A

HIST1052

Australia and the World

N/A

HIST1350

International Issues in Australian Politics and Foreign Policy

N/A

HIST1352

Australian Government and Politics

N/A

HIST2065

A Sunburnt Country: Australian Environmental History

Have taken (2) History classes.

HIST2210

Australian Foreign Relations: Australia and Asia

Have taken (2) History classes.

HIST2490

History of Australian Sport

Have taken (2) History or Ancient History classes.

HIST2668

Reading and Writing Australian Biography

20 units at 1000 level, including The Australian Experience OR Introduction to Creative Writing OR Fiction, Drama, Film: An Introduction OR equivalent.

HIST3052

Australia and the South Pacific

Have taken (2) History courses.

HIST3055

Australian Cities in Context

The basic skills of analysis, research and writing gained in 100 level History courses.

HIST3220

Issues in Australian History

Have taken (2) History courses.

THEO2019

The Church in Australia: Foundations & Development

N/A

RELT2015

History of the Christian Churches in Australia

N/A                                     

SPSW3414

Australian Social Policy

N/A

Country: Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)

Capital: Canberra

Currency: Australian Dollar

Language: English

Dialing Code: +61

Population: 23 million

Time Zone +/- EST +14

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