Topic: Reflective Journal
The purpose of the Journal is to assist you:
• to document your development and progress in this unit,
• process your learning and insights by focusing on particular points of interest,
• use a process to improve self awareness, and
• gather information and learning that you can critically reflect on.
Your journal should have descriptive, reflective and analytical elements. These will be further discussed in class. It would
be useful if you get into a habit of writing down your reflections, observations, and questions on a regular basis, be it daily,
weekly or after each class.
In deciding what to write in the Journal consider the following as they relate to the themes in the unit and how they may relate
to: your daily experiences at work, interactions with other people in Australia and overseas, your travels and experiences,
other units you are enrolled in, the media, etc. You are expected to write informally and in the first person.
If you are having writer’s block you can consider the following questions (as relating to this unit), what did I learn today? What
did I find interesting? What was puzzling, difficult or unexpected? What were my learnings from my experience (positive and
negative)? What else do I need to know? How can I turn a situation around using what I now know? How can I apply my
theoretical knowledge to a particular situation? Have my assumptions and perspectives changed as a result of this
experience? If so, how? How can I apply what I have learnt to my life and future career?
You can use the seminars, your readings, general class discussions, class exercises, stories told, and any other relevant
media as base material for your journal.
Marks will be allocated on the basis of critical thinking and questioning, written expression, structure, content, reflections, and