Global Studies students give voice to Sydney's changemakers
Final year Bachelor of Global Studies students recently participated in a digital storytelling initiative that aims to spotlight global change in Western Sydney.
A digital storytelling collaboration between UTS Global Studies and (under the auspices of Bankstown Youth Development Services) has returned this semester after a successful launch earlier this year.
The collaboration is titled ‘Global Change in Western Sydney’ and features short articles written by groups of Bachelor of Global Studies students. The articles aim to give voice to people, organisations and initiatives in Western Sydney that are tackling global issues.
The project forms part of the degree’s capstone subject, Global Problem Solving, which examines how global issues related to inequality, diversity and sustainability manifest in the global city of Sydney.
Students were required to identify and research issues impacting Western Sydney and engage with community members and organisations to gain a more concrete understanding of global problem solving ‘in action’ at the local level. This year's selected works examine refugee settlement, social inclusion and diabetes.
As part of the collaboration, students participated in a story-writing workshop by Mapping Frictions’ Creative Director, Kavita Bedford, and received fieldwork guidance from the subject coordinator, Dr Ann El Khoury.
The project also gave students the opportunity to have their research piece published online:
- Refugees Welcome Australia: Connecting refugees to communities
Anna Chiem, Crystal Lu, Olivia Leathley, Harrison Ryan and Véronik Picard
- Community Kitchen: Fostering social inclusion in multicultural Auburn
Faye Calimag, Luca Harmat, Kelly Nguyen, Rebecca Smith & Qianqian Wang
- The Holistic Approach
Sophie Mayo, Tara Murphy, Eiyona Pearl-Yamamoto and Joshua Grushkin
- Let’s not sugar-coat it; diabetes is on the rise
Allyson Todd, Clare Manera, Daniel Connell, Ebony Yee and Neil Hussain
Creative Director, Kavita Bedford, says Mapping Frictions is thrilled to be collaborating with Global Studies at UTS, especially on a project that encourages students to get out into the ‘real world'.
It was a wonderful opportunity to work and engage with young people and bright students who are open to learning and engaging with the wider world. A course like this, which encourages a more ethnographic and ‘hands on’ approach to high level concepts of globalisation is a significant resource for students. I am very excited by the prospect of continuing and deepening this kind of cross-cultural educational collaboration.
Creative Director of Mapping Frictions
Mapping Frictions teams up with a range of emerging and award-winning local photographers, filmmakers and writers. It began as a pilot project with Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS), funded by Multicultural NSW, Scanlon Foundation, Australian Council of the Arts and with support from the Walkley Foundation and Western Sydney University. The website was featured as part of the 2014 Sydney Writers Festival and 2015 Storyology Conference, exploring the possibilities digital media has for storytelling.
Find out more about the Bachelor of Global Studies, a professionally-oriented and versatile arts degree.