GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
Students are able to (1) identify trends in global challenges; (2) 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) demonstrate 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 project; and (3) quiz. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kathy Sanders and Dr Phoebe Spencer
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
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
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