SVLG2008 Approaches to Wicked Problems

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
Certain challenges facing Western Australian communities are complex or 'wicked', with demographic, infrastructural, political, cultural and economic dimensions. Students will form small teams, working collaboratively with academic staff and the unit partners (community groups, industry or government).

The unit offers enquiry-based learning, leadership training and develops valuable skills transferable to later studies and employment. Further skills developed include self-awareness, deep listening, inclusive communication, and teamwork.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify and articulate 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) present evidence of the reciprocity of the experience, demonstrating that both the organisation stakeholders and the student gained from the exchange.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) options paper; (2) formal presentation; and (3) journal reflection. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Kylie Hansen & Claire Dodd
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Students must have completed at least 48 points.
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):
Organisational partners may require students to pay for a police check or working with children check. (estimated cost - $11-$55).
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 week. In weeks 2-4, students will work independently in project teams, with classroom time reduced to around 4-8 hours per week, but dependent on the scope of work the team is engaged in.
Note
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 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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