PBHL20007 - Cultural Immersion and Lived Experience

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In an increasingly mobile world, many people are experiencing periods of time immersed in different cultural contexts, either as part of our work, study, volunteering or leisure. This unit provides you with theoretical and scholarly support for cultural immersion at the point of experiencing it in order to help deepen your understanding of yourself and of your new cultural context. Cultural immersion can be a potentially powerful transformative learning experience if undertaken with such support and can develop effective cultural competence skills and knowledge. As this unit explores cultural disruption, it is recommended you take this unit at the beginning of a cultural immersion experience. The unit content will help you to make sense of the disruption and support you in developing strategies and resources to facilitate cultural integration and the development of respectful cross-cultural relationships.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Work 50%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 94.29% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 22.01% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Informal feedback from students
Students enjoy real life examples that relate the material in the unit to experiences they have had or might have working in the field of Public Health.
The study guide and supplementary materials on Moodle should link theory to real life experiences through examples students are familiar with, especially drawing on current Public Health issues discussed in the media and hence known to students.
Action Taken
Course materials have been updated to allow examples from real life experiences relating to the concepts and theory.
Source: Unit Cordinator's observations
Students benefit from collaboration, brainstorming, and mutual discussion of unit contents.
Classes should be structured to allow students to work together in small groups on activities designed to support interaction and collaboration as well as scaffold learning.
Action Taken
Students are divided into small groups to discuss the assessments and responses to tutorial questions.
Source: Interaction with students
Placement and internship opportunity in health promotion sector to gain practical experiences.
Discuss with the team to explore possibilities for small group visit to the health promotion agencies.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation
Use more video examples in the class.
Explore more localized video case studies to include in the lecture materials.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the experiences of cultural disruption and integration
  2. Identify community and institutional strategies and resources that enable cultural integration
  3. Critically reflect on own experiences of cultural disruption and integration
  4. Critically reflect on developing and maintaining respectful cross-cultural relationships.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Work
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Group Work
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment