NEWS FROM THE DIRECTOR As we load our postgraduate courses to our online learning Virtual Learning Environment, we are constantly coming across new and up-to-date resources. It is difficult to choose a short list for our recommended reading lists – but the beauty of our social constructivist eLearning model is that we expect our students to read outside the lists and to critically evaluate new information themselves, and thus to contribute to course content.
NEWS FROM THE DIRECTOR
Our last seminar on Ageing was a wonderful example of what we try to do in Integrated Human Studies: combine the wisdom of academia with cultural insights and practical knowledge. It was a fitting end to a series which has given us much to think about. Next year the seminars will focus on some of the large global challenges facing humans this century.
We’re nearly at the end of our seminar series and I think you’ll agree we have had some fascinating topics and excellent speakers. It’s good to see many “regulars” attending and enjoying the opportunity to learn from the different perspectives on the topics, and participating in the discussions afterwards. The final seminar – “Caring for an ageing population” – will be of interest to many who may be looking after aged parents or grandparents, or planning for their own old age.
Postgraduate courses in Integrated Human Studies have been available at The University of Western Australia for a couple of years, and have now been remodelled into six-point units, with a new Certificate option included. We’re excited to announce that our postgraduate courses have gone online in preparation for blended delivery mode (UWA campus) and fully online (distance learning), in 2010.
NEWS FROM THE DIRECTOROne of the aims of Integrated Human Studies is to understand what it means to be human, and here at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at UWA a great deal of research is carried out into what humans are and what they do. Increasingly the research takes into account not just scientific aspects but also social and cultural considerations. A recently completed doctorate by Susan Clifford looked into the effects of Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) work practices in the mining industry
Our first seminar on music was a wonderful example of the breadth of knowledge and interest that speakers can impart. The topic of music was one that probably everyone in the audience could personally relate to, and our speakers gave us new insights into its evolutionary history and relevance to human wellbeing. The Centre has been very busy while students had their mid-year break. We have created a Certificate course that comprises the first four units of the existing Graduate Diploma in Integrated Human Studies.
Our Centre’s Education for World Futures initiative was launched on May 26.This initiative grew from our attendance at the World Universities Forum in Mumbai in January, where our papers on integrated human studies courses and delivery attracted great interest.
We’re nearly at the end of our first semester seminar series and again have been treated to fascinating insights and ideas from a range of speakers. The last seminar on humans and animals on May 20 promises to be equally interesting.
Recently Steve Johnson and I presented a short (four week) course through University Extension, Human Wellbeing in the 21st Century. We examined evolutionary, physiological and psychosocial perspectives of human wellbeing and considered how our worldview is affected
NOTES FROM THE LAST SEMINAR, Poverty and affluence, material and spiritual
Professor Graeme Martin opened the seminar with some remarks about Integrated Human Studies. Graeme is on the Centre’s Policy and Management Committee and has a longstanding enthusiasm for the ideology of integration of disciplines.