Internationalization of the Curriculum and the “New Normal’: An Australian Perspective

  • Craig Whitsed
  • Wendy Green
Keywords: Globalization, internationalization of the curriculum, new normal, transformative potential, Australia


Globalization, as a disruptive force, challenges us to reconsider enduring assumptions that frame conceptualizations of internationalization in the Australian higher education context and internationalization of the curriculum more broadly. Drawing on the perspectives of Fazal Rizvi, we problematize the new normal and argue that, if the transformative potential of curriculum internationalization is to be realized, assumptions about what is considered normal need to be challenged. To accomplish this, individual faculty (academics), their disciplines, and their institutions need to engage in critically reflective new imaginings of the transformative possibilities and the rich potential the new normal affords, and respond reflexively with open minds.

Author Biographies

Craig Whitsed

Craig Whitsed is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for University Teaching and Learning at Murdoch University, Australia. 

Wendy Green

Wendy Green is Senior Lecturer, Higher Education, at the Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching at the University of Tasmania, Australia. 

How to Cite
Whitsed, C., & Green, W. (2015). Internationalization of the Curriculum and the “New Normal’: An Australian Perspective. International Higher Education, (83), 13-15.
Internationalization of the Curriculum