This unit examines the influences that shape and impact communities both in Australia and overseas. The unit aims to provide a foundation for students to engage in civic life by discerning important challenges confronting communities globally and by exploring creative, innovative and effective responses. Students will explore justice, social movements, globalization, international relations and approaches to development through critical engagement with Christian theological traditions.

Unit code: AP8001S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Analyse critical challenges facing our global community and examine contributing factors.


Investigate and interpret how sectors of society influence and impact people and communities.


Demonstrate a framework for engaging in civic life and service to others, based on Christian texts and traditions.


Critically evaluate a range of responses to challenges facing our global community.


Engage and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds.


Effectively use resources and research such as case studies to create innovative responses to current global issues.


Lecture input; group discussion and collaboration; input from guest speakers/industry leaders; online including text, visual material, graphics and audio.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Acemologlu, Daron & Robinson, James A. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. New York: Crown Publishing, 2012.
  • Beneria, Lourdes., Berik, Gunseli & Floro, Maria. Gender, Development and Globalization:Economics as if All People Mattered. London, UK: Taylor & Francis, 2015.
  • Brock, Gillian. Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Darian-Smith, Eve & McCarty, Philip C. The Global Turn: Theories, Research Designs, and Methods for Global Studies. Oakland, California: University of California, 2017.
  • Ellis, Tania. The New Pioneers: Sustainable business success through social innovation and social entrepreneurship. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
  • Ferguson, Niall. Civilization: The West and the Rest. New York: Penguin Books, 2012.
  • Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1970.
  • Hooft, Stan van. Cosmopolitanism: A Philosophy for Global Ethics. McGill-Queens University Press, 2009.
  • Mitchell, Bob. Faith-Based Development. New York: Orbis Books, 2017.
  • Moyo, Dambisa. Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is A Better Way for Africa. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
  • Sachs, Jeffrey. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time. Penguin Publishing, 2006.
  • Sen, A. Identity and Violence. London: Penguin Publishing, 2006.
  • So, Alvin. Social Change and Development: Modernization, Dependency and World System Theories. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1990.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Critical Review

Critical Review 1,000 words

0 15.0

Essay 2,000 words

0 30.0

Presentation (equivalent 1000 words) 20% and Report (1000 words) 20%

0 40.0
Case Study

5 critical reviews of case studies (200 words each)

0 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-04 11:07:57 +1100