Transdisciplinary Unit

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Transdisciplinary Unit

Many challenges facing Western Australian communities are complex and require a cross-disciplinary approach. Students will form small cross-faculty teams, working collaboratively with staff from UWA faculties, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship and stakeholders.

From 2014-16, the Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design unit placed 90 students working in cross-faculty teams in the West Australian Wheatbelt. Teams of 5-6 students worked together with the Wheatbelt Development Commission and the councils and residents of selected Wheatbelt towns, to address complex problems identified by Wheatbelt Communities.

From Semester II 2017, the focus of this unit is on the Perth metropolitan region of Mirrabooka. The Stirling Council has identified entrenched unemployment in this region as a complex problem that demands transdisciplinary solutions.

Applications open in Semester 1, 2018 for the Transdisciplinary Unit.

Application Process

Applications are welcome from all honours and masters students. HDR students are also welcome to apply.

Please note, an orientation fieldtrip is a compulsory component of this unit. It will take place in August 2018, and will involve two nights’ accommodation at a location close to Mirrabooka. The fieldtrip will entail an auxiliary charge of $100 per student.

You can download:

  • Full details about the application process here -
  • 2018 Application Form here -
  • Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design Faculty Approval Form here

Further information and FAQ can be found in the Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design Handbook which you can find here:

Sarah McCauley
Current UWA Student
Intern at Southcare

"The McCusker Centre for Citizenship provided an opportunity to explore unchartered territory and experience firsthand the inspiring work, people, and mission of the community and not-for-profit sector. I would recommend this opportunity to any UWA student. You might find a new passion or direction for your future career. I know I did."

Ross Wortham
Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia

“Our organisation and others have been blown away by the quality and professionalism of the interns and we benefit from the different viewpoints they bring. I'm now very excited by the collective impact that potentially hundreds of these interns will have on the community service sector over the coming years, helping to build real generational change.”

Rebecca Ball
Executive Director
Office of Multicultural Interests

"There’s a great need for young people to contribute to internships like these. They bring contemporary thinking, they reflect the views of not only their own personal views but the views of their peers and that’s very important... to be embedding that type of thinking ..."