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07/12/2014 - 11/15/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
16 - 18 semester / 24 -27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Interested in art, engineering, sports medicine, or something else entirely? Odds are you can take a course in it at Murdoch University in Perth with CIEE. But we don’t think you should come all the way to Australia to be a bookworm. CIEE arranges excursions, volunteer activities, and internships so you can get to know the local people and places personally – and develop professional skills and great memories while you’re at it.

Study abroad in Perth and you'll:

  • Benefit from full-time academic and personal study with a CIEE resident director who arranges excursions, volunteer opportunities, and cultural events
  • Choose from academic offerings and for-credit internships including experiential options related to parliamentary law and community development
  • Travel 2,500 miles through the Western Australia outback while learning about diverse environments (optional)
  • Immerse yourself in a cultural program which can include a surf lesson, Australian Rules football, and more first-hand experiences
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

You’ll have access to Murdoch University’s diverse courses in subjects like education, business and IT, sustainable development, and media studies. Experiential learning opportunities are also available, such as a university-led community development program or public administration and political science internships.

Excursions

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You’ll make all kinds of discoveries in and around Perth. You may learn about diverse flora and fauna in the outback, become a fan of Australian Rules football, or take a surf lesson. You may explore a wildlife refuge, take an interactive hike with an aboriginal guide, or even take a night tour of Fremantle Prison. For an additional fee, you can embark on The Northwest Excursion, an optional trip organized by Murdoch University to the rugged northwest region of Western Australia to an area known as the Pilbara.

Internship

Return home from Australia with newly gained practical skills. While on a Sustainable Community Development Internship, you might work on a water auditing and conservation strategies project with the city of Fremantle or research efficiencies of different modes of transportation for the city of Perth. In the fall semester, you might work with members of the State’s parliament or public sector department to examine affordable housing during a Parliamentary and Public Sector Internship.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Costs
Fall 2014 (18 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
07/12/2014
11/15/2014
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,454
Housing
$3,750
Insurance ***
$346

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes mandatory Australian insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,900
International Airfare *
$2,650
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$350
Visa Fees
$535
Personal expenses
$3,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (18 wks)
11/01/2013
02/15/2014
06/21/2014
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,454
Housing
$3,750
Insurance ***
$346

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes mandatory Australian insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,900
International Airfare *
$2,650
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$350
Visa Fees
$535
Personal expenses
$3,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
11/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 04/15/2014
07/12/2014
TBA
$37,700

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$29,310
Housing
$7,500
Insurance ***
$590

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes mandatory Australian insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$3,800
International Airfare *
$2,650
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$700
Visa Fees
$535
Personal expenses
$6,400
Expenses during break **
$1,600

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** academic year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break (December to mid-February)

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Calendar year 2014 (39 wks)
02/15/2014
11/15/2014
$37,700

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$29,310
Housing
$7,500
Insurance ***
$590

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes mandatory Australian insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$3,800
International Airfare *
$2,650
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$700
Visa Fees
$535
Personal expenses
$6,400
Expenses during break **
$800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** calendar year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 16–18 semester/24–27 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the academic or calendar year is 32–34 semester/48–51 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students are required to take 12 Murdoch points per semester. A typical course load is three courses at Murdoch University. One course must have substantial Australian content. Students may take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Perth in addition to the typical course load of three courses. Students who are granted permission from their study abroad advisor and CIEE resident director to “overload” (more than 12 Murdoch University points) will be required to pay additional registration/tuition fees to Murdoch University at the time of enrollment.

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About the City

About The City

Perth is the state capital of Western Australia. With a population of 1.8 million people, its many contrasts range from skyscrapers and nightlife to more than 30 miles of white sandy beaches. It is ranked as Australia’s most environmentally attractive city, has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian city, and was ranked in a 2010 survey as one of the world’s top 10 lifestyle destinations. The local population enjoys a cosmopolitan outdoor lifestyle, first-class cultural, social, and recreational amenities, and excellent proximity to the major cities of Asia.

Fremantle

Fremantle is the city closest to Murdoch University and is located approximately 12 miles southwest from downtown Perth. Fremantle is where students spend most of their time outside of class. Known as “Freo” to the locals, the city has a great alternative feel and is at the forefront of many green initiatives in Western Australia, having recently elected the first Greens state representative and the first Greens mayor. The city is also a popular entertainment district with numerous cafés, a great live music scene, and art galleries situated in and around central “Freo.”

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Paul Hollick

Resident Director

Paul Hollick has worked with the CIEE program in Perth since 2001 and has a wide range of experience in the fields of tertiary and sports administration and recreation. His work with CIEE equips him with considerable experience in revealing his native state of Western Australia to students from across the U.S. Though he has lived most of his life in Perth, Paul has traveled extensively in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Paul possesses a B.Sc. in environmental science from Edith Cowan University, demonstrating his life-long commitment to the environment and all things green. His other interests include football, rugby, camping, water sports, and all outdoor recreation.

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From the lush forests of the southwest to the deserts and freshwater gorges of the northwest, Western Australia’s geographical isolation, biodiversity of marine and terrestrial species, and diversity of environments make this an excellent opportunity to explore its distinctive natural environment.

Australia's unique ecology lends itself to important environmental and sustainability issues. Students examine and engage in solutions to these issues firsthand. Volunteer projects and for-credit internships are offered and strongly recommended for students committed to the ideals of sustainability and the environment.

Students live in close proximity to the port city of Fremantle, a hub for green initiatives by local government and community groups.

— Paul Hollick, Resident Director

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Murdoch University is one of Australia’s leading universities, and the only university in the country to achieve The Good Universities Guide’s five-star rating for graduate satisfaction for 12 out of the last 13 years. More than 18,000 students are enrolled in the three major academic divisions: arts, science and engineering, and health sciences. More than 2,000 international students, from approximately 90 different countries, are currently enrolled. Murdoch University is situated in a suburb of Perth, 12 miles south of Perth city and eight miles east of Fremantle; both are easily accessible by public transportation.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students are assigned furnished housing on campus at Murdoch University Village which provides high-quality, multicultural living facilities. A range of modern, fully furnished, five-to-eight bedroom apartments with private bedrooms, large kitchens, and spacious lounge areas are available to students. Contemporary passive solar design, high-quality fittings, and in-room pay-per-use Internet provide functional and vibrant spaces designed specifically for the student lifestyle.

Students choosing the U.S. academic year study abroad program that begins in July are responsible for housing during the summer recess (December to mid-February). Students choosing the U.S. calendar year program beginning in February are responsible for their own housing during the recess in July. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student.

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Perth even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple – to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

The one-week mandatory CIEE study abroad orientation, conducted in Perth at the beginning of the program, will introduce you to Australian society and culture, and the academic environment at Murdoch University. It will also provide practical information about living in the Perth/Fremantle area. At the end of orientation week, you'll participate in a catered weekend excursion to beautiful Rottnest Island in February, or to the temperate rainforest region of the state’s southwest in July. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You can obtain an Internet connection in on- campus housing at your own expense through a local provider. Murdoch University has free wireless access for students and free Internet access on computers on campus. You'll also have access to the Internet in several computer labs throughout campus as well as at the CIEE Study Center.

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Culture

Culture

In addition to cultural excursions, there are opportunities for weekend home stays with rural families, and the chance to undertake community work in study-related areas. You may also participate in additional trips arranged outside of the typical excursion program for an extra fee. Many students participate in up to 20 hours of part-time work which, in addition to providing income, provides deep insight into Australian society outside of university life.

Northwest Excursion (Optional)

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The Northwest Excursion is an optional trip organized by Murdoch University to the rugged northwest region of Western Australia known as the Pilbara. The Pilbara covers close to 2,500 square miles and includes plains of wild flowers and mountainous outcrops – among the oldest on earth. It is also home to some of Australia’s most hardy fauna and flora. Students may come across the shy rock wallaby, perentie lizard, grey and red kangaroos, and many other unique animals.

Monkey Mia in Shark Bay is one of the highlights of the excursion. Monkey Mia is a World Heritage Site and attracts schools of dolphins to its shores daily. It is the closest you will get to a dolphin unless you work in a marine park. Along with the dolphins, you will see marine life such as dugongs (manatees), called the “Mermaids of the Sea,” and turtles. This area is also home to our oldest living ancestors, the stromatolites, which have evolved over three or four billion years, and Shell Beach, an entire beach made of shells.

You can snorkel in the Ningaloo Reef, which is also a World Heritage Site. More accessible than the Great Barrier Reef and home to as many as 500 species of tropical fish and 200 species of coral, it is home to the migratory whale sharks, the “gentle giants” of the sea. Humpback whales also cruise just beyond the reef during the months of July, October, and November.

Another highlight of the excursion is Karijini National Park. Hidden among Western Australia’s mining towns, this beautiful area is pristine. While enjoying the splendor of its gorges and flora and fauna, you'll swim in freshwater rock pools. The hikes and trails through the gorges are challenging, as well as breathtaking with their Aboriginal drawings and wildlife. Billions of years old, the rocky gorges are spectacular in formation.

This activity is organized by Murdoch University and available to all students on-site for an additional fee of AU875 Australian paid directly to the university.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 1991 as the first CIEE program in Australia, the Arts and Sciences study abroad program at the CIEE Study Center at Murdoch University has hosted hundreds of students from universities across the U.S. The CIEE Study Center provides a supportive, yet challenging environment in which to study and gain firsthand knowledge of Australian life and culture. In addition to a wide range of liberal arts subjects, Murdoch University has particularly strong offerings in business, media and film studies, communications, and field-based sciences. A parliamentary internship is also offered during the fall semester.

Academic Culture

All courses are taught by Murdoch faculty which, proportionately, hold the highest number of doctorates of all Australian universities. Murdoch University uses a point system and the normal full-time course load is 12 points each semester, which is equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credits. Most Murdoch University subjects are designated as either three- or four-point classes. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified, with the exception of a few, specialized subjects offered by the Veterinary and Chiropractic Schools.

The approach to teaching in Australian universities requires that students take a great deal of responsibility for their own learning. A typical subject consists of two hours of lectures and one-to-two hours of tutorials per week, with the addition of lab work in the sciences. Many science classes also involve fieldwork. While contact hours are not high, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of directed reading on their own time. Self-motivation and self-discipline are encouraged by the Australian system.

The Murdoch University academic year lasts from early February through the end of November and is divided into two semesters. Semester I (early February to mid-June) corresponds to the spring semester at U.S. institutions and Semester II (late July to late November) corresponds to the U.S. fall semester. The program at Murdoch University is offered both semesters and consists of a one-week orientation, 12 weeks of classes, two-week mid-semester break, one-week study period, and two-week final exam period. The academic year program consists of two consecutive semesters and may follow the U.S. academic year (Semester II and Semester I) or the Australian calendar year (Semester I followed by Semester II). Students who apply for the U.S. academic year program can take advantage of the three month summer (Christmas) break to work or travel in the region.

Nature of Classes

Study abroad participants enroll directly in Murdoch University courses and take classes with Australian and other international students.

Grading System

Assessment is normally based on essays, project reports, midterms, tutorial/seminar participation and performance, and practical and final exams. Murdoch University employs a five-point grading system: High Distinction (HD); Distinction (D); Credit (C); Pass (P); and Fail (F). Grades are converted to a U.S. grading scale.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from Murdoch University.

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Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CIEE Elective Course

CLST 3001 MURD

Seminar on Living and Learning in Perth
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Perth is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Australians are different from and similar to themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Australia. Contact hours: 25. Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Murdoch University

The following list is a representative sample of the areas of study available at Murdoch University. A wide range of subjects (“units”) is available within each area of study. Classes normally meet for two hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial per week for 12 weeks. Science students can expect to spend more time in classes and labs. Not all subjects/units are available every semester. Please visit the Murdoch University website at www.murdoch.edu.au/index/units for course information.

To facilitate academic understanding of Australia’s history, culture, and society, CIEE students are required to enroll in a course with substantial Australian content. Options include Australia in the Twentieth Century; Australian Environmental History; Australian Environmental Issues; Australian Foreign Policy; Australian Indigenous Politics: Resistance or Collusion; Australian Literature and Film; Australian Coastal Environments; Blacks and Whites: Aboriginal Colonized History; Contemporary Indigenous Issues; Country, Nature, and Identity: Indigenous Sustainability; Indigenous Tourism Issues; Indigenous Spirituality. Students can also study the local Nyungar language.

Arts
Asian Studies
Australian Indigenous Studies
Communication and Cultural Studies
English
General Arts
History
Local Governance
Mass Communication
Media Studies
Multimedia
Philosophy
Politics and International Studies
Psychology (Social, Developmental, and Organizational)
Public Policy and Management
Security, Terrorism, and Counterterrorism
Sociology
Sustainable Development

Advanced Sustainable Development
Cities and Innovation
Cities and Sustainability
Ecologically Sustainable Development
Economics for Sustainability
Eco-Philosophy and Practice
Introduction to Sustainable Development
Marine Conservation Policy and Coastal Sustainability
Overseas Aid and International Development
Planning Law
Policy, Technology, and Democracy
Structured Workplace Learning Placement—Information Technology
Sustainability Ethics
Sustainability for Professionals
Sustainable Development Project
Sustainable Urban Design
Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning
Tools for Participatory Decision Making
Women and Development
Theology
Tourism
Tourism Management
Women’s Studies

Business and Information Technology
Applied Information Technology
Biotechnology
Business Information Systems
Business Law
Commerce
Computer Science
Economics
Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
Games Technology
Human Resource Management
Information Systems Development
Information Technology
International Business
Internet Computing
Marketing and the Media
Multimedia Information Systems

Education
Primary Teacher Education
Secondary Teacher Education

Engineering
Engineering
Engineering Science
Engineering Technology
Industrial Computer Systems Engineering
Instrumentation and Control Engineering
Power Engineering
Software Engineering

Science
Analytical Chemistry
Animal Science
Chemistry
Energy Studies
Environmental Science

Atmospheric Science
Australian Coastal Environments
Australian Environmental Issues
Coastal and Marine Management
Ecology
Environmental Management
Environmental Policy and Law
Environmental Policy for the 21st Century
Environmental Restoration
Environmental Technology for Sustainable Development
GIS for Environmental Management and Planning
Global and Regional Sustainability
Health and the Environment
Introduction to Environmental Science
Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health
Nature-Based Tourism
Pollutants and the Human Environment
Pollution and Its Control
Water and Earth Science
Water Conservation

Forensic Biology and Toxicology
Life Science
Marine Science
Mathematics and Statistics
Molecular Biology
Nanoscience
Physics

Sports Science and Chiropractic
Introduction to Research Methodology and Evidence-Based Practice
Functional Human Anatomy
Chiropractic Skills and Principles I
Principles of Sports Science
Health, Fitness, and Performance Assessment
Biomechanics and Diagnostic Palpation Skills
Chiropractic History and Principles
Nutrition
Sports Psychology
Principles of Strength and Conditioning
Exercise Physiology I
Exercise Physiology II
Applied Nutrition
Human Anatomy I
Introduction to Biochemistry and Nutrition
Human Anatomy II
Physical Examination
Processes in Human Disease
Diagnosis and Chiropractic Skills
Primary Practice I: Clinical Science and Diagnosis
Clinical Orthopedics and Neurology
Immunology, Genetics, and Microbiology
Chiropractic Skills and Principles II
Exercise, Programming, and Prescription

Veterinary/Biomedical/Chiropractic
Applied Veterinary Medicine
Biomedical Science
Chiropractic
Nutrition
Sports Science
Veterinary Biology

Options with Experiential Components at Murdoch University

Community Development
Join the Murdoch community and build on your knowledge and understanding of the unique cultures and communities across Western Australia.

Courses offered in Murdoch’s community development program offer CIEE students the opportunity to tap directly into a teaching staff of professionals renowned for their race relations work, particularly in progressing change for Western Australia's own indigenous and migrant communities.

Students develop a strong foundation and understanding of the social and institutional frameworks affecting communities, relating to social, gender and racial inequality; unemployment, health, and welfare; social deviance, and the law.

Some noteworthy courses to be considered include:

Projects in Community Development
This placement unit gives students the opportunity to examine how ideas and practice interconnect. The primary part of this unit requires students to undertake a short placement within an organization that uses the language and ideas of community development. Students will be encouraged to look, listen, and consider the linkages between theory and practice by going “into the field” and reflecting on the process of working within the community.

Australian Youth Culture
On the one hand, youth is often presented as a period of storm and stress or a time of crisis. On the other hand, youth culture is often something many seek out, envy, and desire. This unit will acquaint students with Australian and international literature concerned with the study of youth. Students will be introduced to the history of youth, major theoretical traditions on youth culture, and the various media, policy, and professional responses to youth needs and interests.

Community Work Across Sites, Settings, and Peoples
Community development is used in social work, local government, community services, remote area education, indigenous communities, community arts and cultural development, overseas aid work, economic and social planning, sustainable development, and urban planning. This unit aims to equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of settings and areas of practice within community development in contemporary Australia. It will provide students with skills to analyze, interpret, and critically reflect upon practical examples of community development projects

Parliamentary and Public Sector Internship
(fall only)
The program offers qualified, ambitious students the opportunity to undertake a fully accredited internship in political science and public administration, which includes working with members of the State’s parliament or State government departments under the supervision of Murdoch faculty members. The Parliamentary Internship is offered through the School of Politics and International Studies at the University, and students must adhere to its standards and guidelines in order to receive credit. Students who successfully complete the internship receive eight Murdoch credit points. Individual project assignments and weekly workload vary with each student. Students intending to apply for this internship must check with their own institution in the U.S. prior to registration to ensure that credit earned will transfer.

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