Colloquium Series

Colloquium Series

Participating in Colloquia (workshops) will equip you with the knowledge, skills and networks to influence positive global and social change.

Students will attend ten colloquia over the course of their undergraduate studies.

These interactive three-hour workshops at Macquarie enable you to:

  • hear expert presentations on critical international and professional topics
  • participate in discussion and debate on the issues raised by our expert conveners
  • take part in group activities with students from all different disciplines
  • undertake individual reflection on how the topics and knowledge relates to you
  • gain unmatched access to the knowledge and insight of industry leaders, including distinguished Macquarie academics, external consultants and NGO staff members
  • further your understanding of important global issues by discussing and debating climate change, poverty and social inequality, global population growth and Indigenous rights with like-minded GLP students
  • turn your passion into action by developing innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems
  • build your practical skills in leadership, public speaking, design thinking, ethical decision making and cross-cultural negotiations

What you need to know

  • You will attend ten colloquia over the course of your undergraduate studies at Macquarie
  • These ten colloquia include three core and seven electives 
  • No prior knowledge is required! You won’t be asked to complete any pre-reading or assessment for colloquia

To register for colloquia, or to view your GLP enrolment history, log into Thrive.

Core colloquia



Cross Cultural Understanding

Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University


Meredith Turnbull, Consultant

Beyond Borders: The Responsibilities of a Global Citizen

Shift Space

Elective colloquia

You get to design your own program of seven elective colloquia based on your own interests.



International humanitarian law

Australian Red Cross

Getting the message across: the fundamentals of effective public speaking

Bruce Thomson, consultant

Negotiating in cross-cultural environments

Faculty of Science and Engineering/PACE, Macquarie University

Me inc. – tools for powerful self-promotion

The Frank Team

Spirituality & social transformation

Modern-Digenous Solutions

Culture – the extra ingredient for international business

AUSTAPAC Consultancy

Living well and doing right – an ethics toolbox for navigating moral life

Navigating Moral Life

Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Career mapping – from aspiration to reality

AUSTAPAC Consultancy

Poverty, development and microfinance

World Education Australia

Believe me when I tell you

Bruce Thomson, Consultant

Climate Change – leading for the future

Department of Environment and Geography, Macquarie University

World music

Woolcock Institute

An introduction to refugee law

Annabel McConnachie, consultant

Change Starts Here: finding relevant ways to make a difference

Shift Space

Global Population Growth

Woolcock Institute

Insight to innovation: using design thinking to solve wicked problems

Shift Space

Objectivity, bias and the New York Times: an Israel-Palestine case study

Ruby Hamad, journalist

The NT intervention and the struggle for Aboriginal rights in Australia

UTS Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning

Muslim Women at the margins: an oppressed citizen or a threat to national security?

Faculty of Law, University of Sydney

Global perspectives on gender economics

Centre for Gender Economics

Bioscience ethics – international perspectives on human reproductive biology across the generations

Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University

Be the change you want to see in the world: social entrepreneurship

Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM)

Taboo – the consequences of tasting forbidden fruit

Department of Media, Music,

Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University

A nuclear world – for good or evil?

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University

A global perspective on climate justice

Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University

Connecting your cause to news and current affairs

Phyllis Sakinofsky, Communications and Marketing Consultant

The power of language in leadership

Macquarie English Language Centre

Effective altruism: understanding how to maximise your social impact

Effective Altruism

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