SVLG2008 Approaches to Wicked Problems

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective
Certain challenges facing Western Australian communities are complex or 'wicked', with interrelated demographic, infrastructural, political, cultural and economic dimensions. Students will form small teams, working collaboratively with academic staff and industry partners (community members, and not-for-profit and government organisations) on real-world projects.

The unit offers enquiry-based learning and development of leadership and other valuable skills transferable to later studies and employment. Further skills associated with active citizenship and social change are developed, including self-awareness, collaborating across multi-disciplinary teams and diverse stakeholders, problem-solving, and designing solutions.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) options paper; (2) group project and presentation; and (3) reflective journal. 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)
Claire Dodd
Unit rules
Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Students must have completed at least 48 points and have Good Standing status.
Advisable prior study:
SVLG1006 Pathways to Citizenship (ID 6765)
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 delivered in an intensive format. Attendance is required at the service learning location for approx. 24 hours in the first week of classes. In weeks 2 onwards, students work independently in project teams, with classroom time reduced to approx. 8 hours per week.
Enrolment in this unit is subject to approval by the unit coordinator. Please note that the expected load of this unit is approx. 30 hours per week including compulsory attendance as detailed under 'Contact Hours'.

Please visit the McCusker Centre for Citizenship website to understand more about how this unit intersects with the broader mission and activities of the Centre:
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