Brett and Tonia are exploring a set of Sub-majors related to the idea of Global Workplaces and Active Citizenship in the 21st Century.
The Global Workplaces sub-major aims to provide professional skills training for non-business majors who want skills to go into the world of work in a globalized world. For instance, science or humanities students who want to work in corporations will be able to learn about international business and professional skills, gain awareness in cultural diversity, learn about globalization and imbed themselves into a variety of workplace experiences. His aim is to create a network of ‘global workplace cities’ – likely Sydney, Tokyo, Johannesburg and another Asian city – where students can go for work and internship experiences in a variety of settings, from the boardroom in Tokyo to the bush in the Kruger National Park. Suggested partners include Price Waterhouse Coopers and DFAT.
The Active Citizenship Sub-major encourages students to engage with questions such as: What are the characteristics of a fully rounded and productive citizen in the 21stC? How do we mobilise our innate citizenship talents to optimise our impact and visibility? This sub-major explores skills, knowledge, behaviours, values and attitudes so that students understand and positively influence change within society. Underpinned by immersion in indigenous and non-indigenous knowledges and experiential service learning, this sub-major aims to embolden students to work together, leverage their skills and take practical action. Collectively, this Sub-major builds clarity of purpose, responsive leadership and moral courage.
Associate Professor Brett M. Bennett (opens in a new window) is an historian who works on global issues relating to identity, nature and globalization. His research uses history to inform
contemporary decision-making in science policy, and in his teaching he is an advocate of applied humanities and social sciences for technical decision-making. Bennett works part of the year in Africa and works extensively in Asia (especially China, Japan, Thailand), and seeks to engage Western Sydney
to Africa and Asia through the position. He has received the award in Teaching Excellence and has received two Australian Research Council Discovery Grants and multiple other funds for his research.