HSS305 International Exchange (8)


This subject is provided in recognition of students' full and compliant participation in an International Short Term Program. Programs will comprise 120-140 hours learning in a cultural and educational program in an international setting involving students engaging in studies of culture, language, history, art, etc. with visits to sites of cultural and educational significance, and intercultural engagement with local people. These activities may take place within the context of a professional work placement. However, workplace placements, in this subject, do not contribute to professional accreditation hours.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSS305
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • develop an improved ability to think globally and consider issues from other cultural perspectives
  • demonstrate an awareness of their own cultures and its perspectives, and other cultures and their perspectives
  • appreciate the importance of multicultural diversity to professional practice in their field of study
  • appreciate the complex and interacting factors that contribute to notions of culture and cultural relationships
  • value diversity of language and culture
  • develope cross-cultural communication skills and some facility with local language
  • develope social, cultural and educational knowledge and understanding of the specific context of the international experience.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Pre-departure orientation to international partner institutions and personnel
  • Intercultural social activity
  • Studies of culture: through one or more of history, language, art, music, food, dance, customs, communications and professional experiences
  • Visits to sites of historical, cultural, national and local significance
  • Post-program debriefing to enhance learning outcomes
  • Keeping a record of experiences and studies

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 1 day residential school. This is an orientation day in which students are provided with specific details of the International Short Term Program, travel arrangements, cultural orientation, language, professional opportunities and requirements, and general conditions of participation. The orientation day is an opportunity for students to meet with each other, and participating staff.

Specialised Resources

This subject involves international travel.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.