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Cultural Intersections:
Islam and Muslims Today

Intercultural Understanding Masterclass

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Murdoch University, in partnership with the Asia Education Foundation is proud to present the Intercultural Understanding Masterclass, Perth. 

Please return the completed request an invoice form to before 6 November 2016.

Cultural intersections are pervasive in our interconnected world. We are exposed constantly to the consequences and implications of these intersections. Being able to make sense of and navigate these intersections is a basic skill for living in today’s world. Using Islam and Muslims today as a case for conversation, the Masterclass provides an opportunity for you to explore intercultural understanding as comprising: 

  • Cultural awareness
  • Understanding of intercultural contexts and issues
  • Understanding what happens when cultural backgrounds, perspectives and experiences collide
  • Understanding how to negotiate intercultural contexts and intercultural issues.
Distinguished guest speakers on the day will include:


Dr Eeqbal Hassim

Associate Director, Partnerships and Development, Asia Education Foundation and an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Dr Hassim will be facilitating the Masterclass. Additionally, he will be presenting on the implications for schools of the need to teach for intercultural understanding.


Professor Carmen Lawrence

Professor Carmen Lawrence
Professor, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia
Former State and Federal politician

Professor Lawrence will be delivering a keynote on the challenges and opportunities of interculturality, using Islam and Muslim relations today, particularly in Australia and Southeast Asia, as a case for conversation. She will also speak about the psychology of cross-cultural engagement.

Mr Ross Taylor AM

Mr Ross Taylor AM
President of the Indonesia Institute

Ross will be providing his perspectives about engaging with cultural difference, based on his personal and professional experiences with Islam and Muslims in Indonesia.

Aisha Novakovich

Ms Aisha Novakovich
Member of Multicultural Women's Advisory Group, WA Police
Member, CALD Staff Committee UWA
Television Host, Roots TV (a community-based channel on YouTube)

Aisha will be speaking about Muslim perspectives on the challenges of intercultural understanding.

Pam Stewart

Ms Pamela Stewart

Principal Consultant, Learning Area Support, Teaching and Learning Services

Ms Stewart will lead a workshop to explore how intercultural understanding is developed through the Western Australian Curriculum and identify opportunities across a range of learning areas to create rich teaching and learning curriculum.

Kath Murray
Ms Kath Murray

Classroom Teacher, Sevenoaks Senior College

Ms Murray will present an overview of the ways Sevenoaks Senior College is advancing intercultural competence to meet the needs of its increasingly diverse school community and to incorporate acceptance of difference and mutual respect into the school culture.

Ruth Proslmeyr

Ms Ruth Proslmeyr
Principal, Piara Waters Primary School

Ruth will discuss the successful development and implementation of a framework for cultural and linguistic diversity at Piara Waters Primary School.

Learning outcomes

This one-day Masterclass is suitable for primary and secondary school leaders and teachers from all sectors. By attending the Masterclass, you will: 

  • Engage with expert speakers and panelists on issues of interculturality
  • Explore strategies to facilitate challenging and constructive intercultural conversations with members of your school community
  • Explore strategies and resources to support the development of intercultural understanding through teaching and learning
  • Build understanding of Islam and Muslims today, particularly in Australia and in Southeast Asia.

Watch highlights from our Summer School on Intercultural Understanding:


Primary and Secondary school teachers


Monday 7 November
9.30am – 3.30pm

Please return the completed request an invoice form to before November 2nd 2016.


The Masterclass is aligned to the Intercultural Understanding general capability of the Australian Curriculum and is broadly applicable to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

Standard 1 - Know students and how they learn

Standard 2 - Know the content and how to teach it

Standard 3 - Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Standard 4 - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Standard 6 - Engage in professional learning

Standard 7 - Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.

AEF Professional Learning:
AEF has been leading professional learning for school leaders and teachers for over 20 years. Our programs aim to build professional practices to lead and implement innovative learning and teaching that equips young Australians with the knowledge, skills and understandings to communicate and engage with local, regional and global communities.

Refund policy: 
If the delegate is unable to attend their scheduled professional learning program please notify us as soon as possible in writing. Cancellation more than 30 days before the session start date – Full refund, minus a $50 per delegate admin charge. Cancellation between 30 and 15 days before the session start date – 50% of the course fee will be refunded minus a $50 per delegate admin charge. Cancellation 14 days or less before the session start date - No refund. Failure to attend on the day of the session or withdrawal once the course has started is considered a cancellation and no refund will be given.

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