UWS partners with Open Universities Australia

The University of Western Sydney is proud to announce a new partnership with Open Universities Australia to give potential students a taste of university study.

Under the partnership, members of the public will be able to study a special course in Sociology designed by a leading UWS lecturer, giving them an introduction to the field and how it informs our understanding of the way the world operates.

The Dean of the UWS School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Professor Kevin Dunn, says the University of Western Sydney is a national leader in sociology, and the new partnership provides more people the opportunity to sample higher education.

"The University of Western Sydney is committed to providing people with an opportunity to reach their full potential," says Professor Dunn.

"More than half of our students are the first in their family to attend University, and by offering free courses such as this we can open more people's minds to the possibility of going to university and chasing their dreams."

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Dr Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, is the developer of the new on-line sociology course.

Dr Possamai-Inesedy says the course provides an accessible set of tools for explaining the way our society operates.

"The Sociology course is offered as a series of online modules, allowing people to easily access the course and learn at their own pace" she says.

Professor Dunn says UWS is taking full advantage of 21st century learning technologies across all its courses.

"UWS has a comprehensive Blended Learning strategy, which includes providing iPads to first year students enrolled in a University of Western Sydney Bachelor program.

"This new partnership with Open Universities Australia is an expansion of this strategy, and we are excited to be able to provide even more ways for people to come and learn with us."

More information about the sociology unit is available from the Open2Study website(opens in a new window). 


24 October 2013

Contact: Mark Smith, Media Officer

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