SVLG5003 Wicked Problems

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Summer Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Certain challenges facing Western Australian communities are complex or 'wicked', with demographic, infrastructural, political, cultural and economic dimensions that demand transdisciplinary solutions. Students will form small interdisciplinary teams, working collaboratively with staff from UWA faculties, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship, and stakeholders in specific institutions or regions. The methodological focus is on transdisciplinary collaboration in the service of addressing and designing solutions to complex or wicked problems. Students will have opportunities to apply their discipline-specific skills such as critical thinking and analysis, research, project management, planning, development, or community engagement. Further skills developed include self-awareness, deep listening, inclusive communication, and teamwork.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify, articulate, and analyse a complex problem; (2) reflect and act on a sense of social responsibility and civic belonging; (3) demonstrate skills in collaboration, social inclusion, interpersonal communication, teamwork and leadership among diverse personnel; and (4) demonstrate skills in professional communication (oral, written and visual).
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) options paper; (2) formal presentation; and (3) learning process report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray and Professor Carolyn Oldham
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
any bachelor's degree; permission/approval is required to enrol
Approved quota: 30—allocation is based on academic merit and the overall interdisciplinary mix.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field work (estimated cost - $100).
Contact hours
The unit is a 4 week full-time summer intensive. Attendance at the service learning location is required every day for the first two weeks. In the second two weeks, students will work independently in project teams, with classroom time reduced to around 4-8 hours per week.
Note
This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.

Enrolment in this unit is subject to approval by the unit coordinators.

The unit is a 4 week full-time summer intensive. Attendance at the service learning location is required every day for the first two weeks. In the second two weeks, students will work independently in project teams, with classroom time reduced to around 4-8 hours per week.
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