Module Category: Challenging Perspectives

Reflecting on Social Justice Issues (re-entry)

Rationale/development This activity is designed to help students understand their own and partners’ conceptions of social justice issues. The issues addressed in this activity were collaboratively identified by the Macquarie University team and our partners. Students may be encountering these issues for the first time; this activity is intended to prepare them to approach the issues sensitively and... Read more »

Reflecting on social justice issues (pre-dep)

Rationale/development This activity is designed to help students understand their own and partners’ conceptions of social justice issues. The issues addressed in this activity were collaboratively identified by the CoMC team and our partners. These are issues which students may be encountering for the first time and we need to prepare them properly to approach them... Read more »

How did I get here?

Rationale/development This activity is a reworking of the ‘Sharing the personal journey’ activity. Rather than being aimed at group reflection for team-building, this version of the activity aims to help students think through key points/decisions that have led them to where they are now, and their choice to be involved in an ICBSL activity. The... Read more »

Role play

Rationale / DevelopmentCase StudyProcessInstruction to FacilitatorsRationale / Development RATIONALE/ DEVELOPMENT This activity was developed by The Arbitration Council Foundation (ACF), a national institution dedicated to resolving collective labour disputes in Cambodia. The following case study scenario is based on an actual industrial labour dispute in Cambodia. The role play activity aims to: Expose students to an industrial... Read more »

Questioning what we think we know

Rationale / DevelopmentThe ProcessRationale / Development   Part 1: Pre-departure activity Part 2: Pre-departure activity (extended) Part 3: In-country activity Part 4: Re-entry activity Rationale/ Development Partner organisations have indicated to the CoMC Team that they would like students to leave Australia with a better understanding of their host country’s recent history, political situation, culture and... Read more »

The Danger of a Single Story

Rationale/Development “Human beings as a species are wonderful storytellers and create their world through stories. How do we learn to unravel the stories we have told ourselves and create new stories so that we can discover the self and the world around us? How can we interpret and create authentic stories? What’s the crucial role... Read more »

What is poverty?

Rationale/Development It is important for outbound students undertaking international placements to understand how they and their activities fit into the larger context of development and the outcome for communities. It is particularly important for them to be introduced to multiple conceptualisations of what development means in different contexts, to different people and organisations. This activity enables students... Read more »

Understanding trauma

Rationale / Development Rationale/development This activity by CoMC partner, The Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI) in Cambodia, is intended to help students understand the deeply contextual nature of trauma and its ongoing impacts. At the initial workshop the activity focused predominantly on the trauma experienced by Cambodians as a result of the Pol Pot regime... Read more »