Warwick Virtual Exchange
As a leading global university, we’re in the unique position to be able to deliver international opportunities and experiences with our UK partner, the University of Warwick.
We’ve therefore designed an innovative virtual study program with an inspiring curriculum of online modules (units) taught by highly regarded academics from the University of Warwick.
These online modules will be delivered in short intensive blocks usually between May and June and July, and will challenge you to examine your work from an international perspective.
As part of the wider Alliance Intensive Study Program, you will enhance your global network by developing new international connections.
Capturing the best the University of Warwick has to offer, this virtual exchange offers a curriculum of innovative online study options.
The online modules are taught in short intensive blocks usually between May, June and July.
You’ll learn from highly regarded academics and upon completion, depending on your faculty, the modules will be identified as specified credit toward major requirements or as a general elective.
This program has been carefully designed to make the most of your time and modules will run early evening Melbourne time.
Achieving Sustainability: Potentials and Barriers
Department: Liberal Arts and Global Sustainable Development
Module duration: 3 weeks (preparatory reading from 9 - 13 May 2022, teaching period from 16 May - 3 June 2022)
Sustainability is the most significant societal challenge of our age and it is therefore imperative that we all engage with this critical topic that occupies such a central role in our lives.
Earth is the only home we have. Its living systems, on which we depend, are being destroyed at an increasing rate by human activity. Finding how we can exist sustainably within those systems is what this module is about. It is not merely an academic topic, but an urgent matter that requires making personal and collective decisions about how we live.
Shakespeare at Warwick
Department: English and Comparative Literature
Module duration: 2 weeks (16 - 27 May, 2022)
Has the study of William Shakespeare lost relevance at a time when questions of decolonising and ‘decanonizing’ curriculums are taking centre stage? Simply put, are we bored of the Bard? This module will align a selection of Shakespeare’s plays with the most pressing of current critical concerns, from environmental issues to identity politics, cultural responses to pandemics to the challenges of decolonisation. Delivered by one of the most dynamic centres for the study of Shakespeare in the UK, the course will invite students to interrogate the importance and relevance of studying Shakespeare today. Digital archival research will offer an immersive, critical exploration of Elizabethan and Jacobean performance conditions, and the social frameworks of the early-modern period more broadly, out of which these plays were born. Turning to our present moment, we will focus our attention on a selection of his plays to study Shakespeare’s dramatic and literary craft. We will explore how Shakespeare intersects with the most contemporary of debates – from ecocriticism to feminism, representations of bodies and identities, to the challenging question of decolonisation – and ask if, how and why his plays remain relevant today.
Contemporary Britain in Historical Perspective
Module duration: 2 weeks (23 May - 3 June, 2022)
The module will show how history can advance our understanding of three areas of debate in Britain today: Brexit; the ‘break-up of Britain’ and post-colonial challenges to national identity; and Protection of the NHS. Students will develop an appreciation of the deeper history of these issues and critically reflect on the role of history within public debate. They will work together to design and run a mini conference on the history of contemporary Britain and will each present a paper based on an element of original research.
Multilingualism and Diversity (MultiDiv)
Department: Applied Linguistics and Warwick Writing Programme
Module duration: 3 weeks (preparatory reading: 27 June – 1 July 2022, teaching period: 4-15 July 2022)
MultiDiv is a specialised and highly intensive summer programme for students and academic/non-academic stakeholders interested in Multilingualism, Diversity and Social Justice pedagogy, policy and research from a Linguistics, Modern Languages and Translation Studies angle. MultiDiv is a unique hub which brings together senior academics as well as UG (undergraduate) /PG (postgraduate) research developed through the formal curriculum and relevant extracurricular activities. It takes the form of an intensive, face-to-face week-long activity and involves workshops, data training and sessions on interpreting research for wider audiences, policy makers and the media most notably.
MutliDiv is, by design, relevant to curriculum content directly addressing issues related to multilingualism in society. MutliDiv has already brought together Warwick/Monash students and it is an opportunity to develop a global network which can organically grow through the interests of its community. To our knowledge, there is no other summer programme bringing together those discipline areas and with a structure similar to what MutliDiv is committed to. Specifically, the emphasis on bringing together UG/PG research is a unique feature of MutliDiv.
To our knowledge there is no other programme that includes UG researchers as equal participants to PhD students and senior academics. MultiDiv seeks to become an incubator for new ideas, research projects, curriculum innovation and policy intervention. MultiDiv is aligned with the Communities of Practice (CofP) framework and seeks to empower the participants, from all career stages, to drive innovation in teaching, learning, research and policy.
The student experience
Learning collaboratively with academics and students from the University of Warwick, you’ll gain access to new global perspectives and learn to look beyond your own experience to understand the interconnectedness of the wider world.
You’ll consider new ideas, apply theory to real world issues working in teams and individually, and develop new networks, connections and friendships.
Xenia Sanut, Faculty of Arts
"It was such an incredible experience to participate in the Warwick Virtual Exchange Program. My group members were from the UK and Malaysia and because we worked so closely together and because of the strong emphasis on cross-cultural collaboration, I got to know the people in my team very well. Despite the program not being in-person, the Warwick Virtual Exchange Program was one of the most enjoyable virtual programmes I’ve ever been on."
Submit your application for this program now at the link below.
Applications open on 15 February, and will close 11:59pm, 22 March 2022
The Monash Warwick Alliance is an award winning partnership between Monash University and the University of Warwick. The Monash Warwick Alliance delivers enhanced learning experiences to our students through globally linked teaching, co-developed international curricula and international exchange opportunities.