SVLG5003 Wicked Problems: Applied Transdisciplinary Design

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Challenges facing Western Australian communities are complex, with demographic, infrastructural, political, cultural and economic dimensions that require transdisciplinary solutions. Students form small cross-faculty 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 intercultural communication, effective and authentic consultation, and transdisciplinary collaboration.

Regular seminars at UWA support students' learning, and at least one field trip to the participating institution or region is required.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness of development issues and opportunities in general; (2) demonstrate an awareness of issues of equity and social justice in communities; (3) reflect and act on a sense of civic belonging and social responsibility; (4) demonstrate skills in collaboration, interpersonal communication and teamwork among diverse personnel; (5) demonstrate an understanding of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to research and analysis; (6) demonstrate skills in written, oral and visual communication; and (7) demonstrate skills in project management and leadership.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective writing; (2) project completion and report; and (3) formal presentation. 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
any bachelor's degree; permission/approval is required to enrol
Approved quota: 30—allocation is based on academic merit and the overall interdisciplinary mix.
Contact hours
2–4 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 2 [SEM-2 ]
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 availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.