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International virtual lectures

Welcome to Bond’s Virtual Mini-Lecture Series

Each year, Bond welcomes students from around the globe to our beautiful Gold Coast campus. 

While students may not be able to join us on campus at this current time, we wanted to bring you a taste of some of our most popular topics from our top study abroad subjects to you in a Virtual Mini-Lecture Series.

Session schedule

Kicking off on Tuesday, 13 October at 7pm (USA Eastern Standard Time), we invite you to join us for weekly live and interactive mini-lectures hosted by our world-class academics.

From topics such as The Secret Life of Sharks, The Business of eSports, Sun, Sand, Surf and Cities and more, you can register to attend one or all of our taster topics to experience what it is like to study at Bond.

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Sharks were around before the dinosaurs and easily outlasted them. Their seven senses have helped them adapt to changing marine environments and persist. Sharks are amazing animals - even playing a potential role in our response to COVID-19. Occasionally sharks bite and kill humans and the incidence of unprovoked shark bites are on the rise. In this presentation you will learn about the three species of sharks most responsible for human fatalities – white, tiger and bull sharks. You will learn about trends in unprovoked shark bite and gain an understanding of why we fear sharks well above the actual risk they pose.

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With content drawn from Bond’s popular ‘Love, Sex and Relationships’ subject, we will discuss theories of love and relationship building from a psychological context.

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In this session, Assistant Professor of Physiology/Anatomy with the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Iris Lim discusses the fascinating ways that the human brain forms memories. In this interactive Masterclass, different types of memories and areas of the brain involved will be explored. Iris will also briefly outline some of the common memory disorders you hear of everyday, and how they relate to the structure and functions of the brain.

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This seminar will cover the ways in which organisations are changing as they navigate the landscape of the future of work. You will learn about the changes that are occurring to work and our workplaces using insights from some of the world’s leading companies that Libby has visited as part of her research. You will also learn what you can do to prepare yourself for the future of work.

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The lecture is in in three parts. The first will outline the influence of the bush on an early understandings of Australian identity, and the persistence of that idea in Australian culture to the present. Part II will outline some common variations on the theme of the bushman, and show how those variations reflect intersections with other identities. Part III will outline the problems with the Australian Legend and the images of Australia that link nation to the natural environment, native flora and fauna and the bushman. The lecture will conclude by pointing the remaining lectures in the subject that explore other competing identities, and further demonstrate that Steve Irwin does not = Australia.

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This lecture, presented by Dr Lisa Gowthorp, introduces the emerging business of eSports. It is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the emergence of the eSports industry, its structure and future opportunities. The lecture will discuss the value of eSports against traditional sport and determine the complexity of managing eSports, from various perspective, eg talent identification, health/wellbeing, leagues/structures, sponsorship and resources. We will also discuss the governance and regulation of esports, with consideration given to esports integrity, gambling, match-fixing and doping, within the esports economy. Overall, an introduction to a complex and dynamic industry that may interest the future sport management graduate.

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Coastal tourism cities around the world share a common image of high-rise buildings lining beaches in stunning natural environments. Meanwhile, smaller resort areas describe themselves as ‘not another Waikiki’. But when we look more closely, it is possible to discern that these mass tourism places are more unique than at first appears. Drawing on detailed local examination of Australia’s Gold Coast, this subject examines these places through various ‘cultural landscape lenses’ and explores how they manage their transformation into dynamic and sustainable cities.

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This lecture will discuss:
- ancient Australia
- Australia's environmental diversity
- evidence for the earliest life in Australia
- dinosaur discoveries
- the first Australians
- and the oldest continuous culture in the world - Australia's Indigenous culture.

Details:
Tuesday, 1 December, 2020 - 7pm (EST)
Wednesday, 2 December, 2020 - 9am (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

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You may not be a Hollywood director (yet) but chances are you’re using the same camera Oscar-winner Steven Soderburgh used on his last two feature films. Smartphone cameras are being adopted by professional storytellers around the world and this session will introduce you to the apps and techniques you need to turn your happy snaps into industry-standard photography and videography.

Details:
Tuesday, 8 December, 2020 - 7pm (EST)
Wednesday, 9 December, 2020 - 9am (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

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How to register

Register below to attend one or all of our taster topics and join in live to learn a little about what it is like to study at Bond.

Please select your session/s of interest when registering.

Once registered, guest links to access the sessions will be provided via email and the lectures will be hosted on the "Blackboard Collaborate" Platform.

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