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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Social Work major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) identify and articulate the complexity of social problems and ways to address them; (2) reflect on their own social responsibility and capacity to contribute to community wellbeing; (3) demonstrate skills in social inclusion through collaboration and interpersonal communication with diverse personnel; and (4) articulate how both the organisation stakeholders and the students gained from the exchange.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective journal; (2) options paper; and (3) group project and presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Catherine Martin
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 Making a Difference: Civic Participation and Social Change (ID 6765)
Approved quota: 25—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).
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 will 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. 25 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:
  • 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.