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There is more to Australia than just kangaroos & surfing. It is also a nation trying to redeem its shameful and hidden past concerning the Aboriginals. So what really happened and how can it be rectified?     

Through research, articles, video, presentations and discussions, we are going to explore Australia’s past and present, to give us a better understanding of the real Australia today!

You are all expected to participate in class discussions and debates (continuous assessment), and to also conduct your own research for homework.

This module focuses on the practical and functional use of English in typical professional situations. Specific themes will include formal and informal writing; resumes and cover letters; telephoning; participating in and leading meetings; receiving visitors; preparing for and conducting job interviews. Continuous assessment based on written and oral work. Students will be expected to participate in class activities, particularly simulations and role plays.

At the end of the seventies the Sex Pistols screamed “There is no future in England's dreaming / No future for you no future for me / No future no future for you.” At that time the UK was “The Sick Man of Europe”, a deeply uncool country which seemed to be in terminal decline, in both cultural and economic terms.  Even the British themselves seemed to have come to this conclusion.  However, the Union Jack, the UK flag, is today ubiquitous; from clothing through bags to mobile phone cases, it has become an iconic symbol, one which instantly proclaims the person displaying it to be at the height of fashion.  Today the UK is virtually the only EU country with any economic growth.  What happened to cause this dramatic turnaround?  How did the UK go from bust to boom, and how true is this view of the country?  Who were the winners, who were the losers and why? 

The focus is on the Thatcher years, when the most change took place, taking a look at the UK from economic, political and sociological points of view, not neglecting the arts; the links between them are also explored.  Do politics follow economics or is it the opposite?

While course draws material from the UK, it does put the changes studied into both international and historical perspectives.  The USA and France are the main reference points.  In this broader perspective, we will be answering questions such as the following: Why will you be poorer than your parents for doing a job of a comparable level?  Why is it that the post-World War Two forms of governance and economic system failed in the seventies and were dismantled in the eighties?  In order to answer these questions, we will acquire some understanding of left and right wing economic theory, notably intended and real effects.  This is essentially done through practical work.  For example, supply side economics are examined through a cartoon.

What past events, ideologies, technologies and inventions have changed the course of our history and led us to where we are today? How did we predict our future in the past and can our future be improved by looking at our mistakes?  Are we just heading head first into a dystopic world?  Has 1984 become 2019?

We will be looking at the development and progression of our world, for better and for worse and try to understand the impact it is having on our present and future. 

With the use of articles, literature, films, series, discussions and presentations we will study the above issues and you will also be asked as a final project to create your own case study in small groups.