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


Certain challenges facing Western Australian communities are complex or 'wicked', with demographic, infrastructural, political, cultural and economic dimensions that demand transdisciplinary solutions. Students will form small interdisciplinary teams, working collaboratively with staff from UWA faculties, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship, and stakeholders in specific institutions or regions. The methodological focus is on transdisciplinary collaboration in the service of addressing and designing solutions to complex or wicked problems. Students will have opportunities to apply their discipline-specific skills such as critical thinking and analysis, research, project management, planning, development, or community engagement. Further skills developed include self-awareness, deep listening, inclusive communication, and teamwork.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify, articulate, and analyse 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) demonstrate skills in professional communication (oral, written and visual).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) options paper; (2) formal presentation; and (3) learning process report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Catherine Martin
Unit rules
any bachelor's degree.
permission/approval is required to enrol
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).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field work (estimated cost - $100).
Contact hours
The unit is a 6 week intensive. Attendance at the service learning location is required every day for the first week. In the remaining weeks, students will work independently in project teams, with classroom time reduced to around 15-20 hours altogether.
Enrolment in this unit is subject to approval by the unit coordinators.

The unit is a 6 week intensive. Attendance at the service learning location is required every day for the first week. In the remaining weeks, students will work independently in project teams, with classroom time reduced to around 15-20 hours overall.
  • 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.