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Unit Overview


This is the foundation unit in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course and provides the opportunity to investigate global issues and models of leadership used in addressing those issues. It introduces research leaders from different disciplines, external stakeholders and a range of perspectives on global challenges. The unit initiates the student's research training and invites them to 'think like a researcher'. Through completion of a cross-disciplinary collaborative project on a topic of global relevance students develop skills transferable to their chosen discipline(s) including creative and critical thinking, information literacy, team work, peer review and written and oral presentation skills.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify trends in global challenges; (2) identify and evaluate different approaches to research on global issues; (3) apply interdisciplinary perspectives to investigate global issues; (4) identify distinct models of leadership practices; (5) work collaboratively to develop and present research in written and oral forms suitable for lay and professional audiences; (6) develop effective communication including the ability to give and receive feedback; and (7) formulate relevant questions and hypotheses based on critical evaluation of the literature.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an individual essay; (2) a collaborative research project; and (3) in-class activities. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Dino Spagnoli and Dr Ingrid Hillmer Kiekebusch
Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
or CB014 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
or CB031 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)/Bachelor of Modern Languages
SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Approved quota: 180—students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons)
Contact hours
1 x 2 lecture and 1 x 2 hour workshop for 12 weeks
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.