Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


The decisions and actions we take over the next 50 years could impact on human wellbeing and world futures for generations. This unit explores the roles of individuals, agencies, governments and corporations, as well as the role of emerging communication technologies, in effecting political and social change at global, regional and local levels.

6 points

Students gain (1) the ability to apply futures methods to build scenarios for the future; (2) an understanding of agencies for and impediments to change; (3) the capacity for active citizenship and leadership; (4) the ability to use online technologies to collaborate with others and effect positive change; and (5) the ability to create basic websites and other online productions of value to the broader community.


This comprises a portfolio of activities (50 per cent), an assignment, including website production (25 per cent) and contribution to group activities (25 per cent).

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Neville Bruce
Unit rules
IHST5801 Humans in a World of Change (formerly IHST8801 Orientation to Integrated Human Studies)
or taken concurrently
Advisable prior study
IHST5802 Emergence of Twenty-first-century Humanity, IHST5809 Dimensions of the Human Experience
and IHST5810 Technologies, Economies and Ecologies of the Twenty-first Century
Contact hours
approx. 6 hrs per week on the online learning modules, readings, forum postings, project and group activities and attendance at regular face-to-face (on-campus) or live online tutorials (distance learning)
  • 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.