CURRENT RESEARCH IN HASS CURRICULUM
Tracking Changes in the Australian BA
This project aims to trace how much the Australian BA program is changing. Initial Fellowship activities indicated that 18 of the 35 Australian universities with BA programs indicated that substantial program changes are in place for 2018. This project aims to track anticipated changes and record the nature of the changes through a desktop audit tracing BA programs that have changed since 2014. The project adds to existing data captured in the DASSH Benchmarking Projects currently collated on the DASSH website.
Tracing the evolution of Bachelor of Arts programs from colonial roots
This research seeks to highlight transformations in the Australian BA by tracing the evolution of BA programs in former British colonies. Preliminary data collected from South Africa, New Zealand and Canada suggests similar patterns of origins and evolution but also points of divergence in content, structure and purpose between the BA programs offered. This research aims to trace the evolution of the BA in two countries sharing a colonial experience with Australia, but with very different pasts and cultures: Hong Kong and Singapore. It remains to be seen whether programs have remained the same and, if there are differences, how much of these changes reflect the political, cultural and social transformations that occurred as countries evolved as independent states.
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