Workplace Bullying in Higher Education: A Case Study of an International Student in an Australian Public University

Authors

  • Jiaxing Du

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54691/cfn0h275

Keywords:

Workplace bullying, higher education, international students, psychological impact, anti-bullying policies, qualitative case study, power dynamics.

Abstract

Workplace bullying is a significant issue affecting employees across various sectors, including higher education. This case study examines the experiences of a Chinese female international student employed part-time at a public university in Sydney, Australia. The study documents the specific bullying behaviors she encountered, explores the underlying causes and contributing factors within the organizational and cultural context, and assesses the impact on her psychological well-being and job performance. The findings reveal that the bullying behaviors were multifaceted and persistent, including excessive workload, verbal abuse, and coercion into personal tasks. These behaviors had profound psychological, academic, and physical impacts on the victim, exacerbated by cultural dynamics and inadequate organizational responses. The study highlights the need for comprehensive anti-bullying policies, effective organizational interventions, and tailored support systems for international students. By addressing these issues, universities can create a safer and more supportive work environment for all employees and students. The study also suggests avenues for future research, including comparative studies across different cultural contexts, longitudinal studies, and the evaluation of intervention strategies.

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Published

2024-06-25

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How to Cite

Du, J. (2024). Workplace Bullying in Higher Education: A Case Study of an International Student in an Australian Public University. Frontiers in Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(6), 280-291. https://doi.org/10.54691/cfn0h275

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