Global Studies 

Studying Humanities at Dickson College enables students to develop a critical awareness and appreciation of the self, others and the world, inspiring them to become active, global citizens.

Global Studies is the study of the political, economic, social and cultural relationships of the world. When undertaking the course students are encouraged to take a global perspective through the study of other cultures in relation to their own and through developing a greater understanding of philosophical concepts such as identity and belonging. Furthermore the Global Studies course teaches students to think critically about key global issues and analyse the effects of international politics, global economic forces, intercultural relationships, international cooperation, on global relations.

This course mirrors a number of interdisciplinary courses now offered in prominent universities in Australia and around the world and is of particular value to students interested in studying Philosophy, Politics, International Relations, Economics, Media and Asian Studies.

Units in Global Studies at Dickson College are offered at a Tertiary level. Students can complete a Major or Minor. The course includes the following core units that include elements of philosophy, the study of democracy, international relations, and diplomacy:

  • Big Ideas and You
  • Australia: Our Democracy Your Choice
  • International Relations
  • Global Challenges

It is recommended that students in year 11 study the two introductory units; 'Big Ideas and You' and 'Australia: Our Democracy Your Choice'. 'Big Ideas and You' introduces students to philosophical thought, and concepts such as reality, consciousness, truth and knowledge, as well as important ideas and thinkers. 'Australia: Our Democracy Your Choice' explores the foundations of Australian democracy and the role of institutions in solving a variety of problems. Students will also learn about the role of the media, political parties and elections in nation building.

Students undertaking the International Relations unit in year 12 learn about the role of NGOs and other global organisations such as the United Nations, as well as different styles of government that exist around the world. They also explore current domestic and international conflicts that pose a challenge to international relations, peace and security. In the 'Global Challenges' unit students are required to complete a project for change. This project is based on one of the UN development goals and challenges students to be involved with, and raise awareness of with the school community, an important global issue.

Students whom take Global Studies have the opportunity to attend the annual Global Challenges Conference at the ANU. The conference is organised by the Humanities faculty at the college and gives students the opportunity to hear presentations by, and participate in workshops with, leading academics and experts.

Students will be expected to complete three to four assessment tasks for each unit. At least one of these assessments will be a seminar presentation and one a research essay or report.