Certain challenges facing Western Australian communities are complex or 'wicked', with demographic, infrastructural, political, cultural and economic dimensions. In this unit, students will form small teams to address different dimensions of social challenges, working collaboratively with academic staff and the unit partners (community groups, industry or government).
Approaches to Wicked Problems SVLG3008 offers enquiry-based learning, leadership training and develops valuable skills transferable to later studies and employment. Further skills developed by students include self-awareness, deep listening, inclusive communication, and teamwork.
In January 2020, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship delivered this unit for the first time in partnership with the WA Alliance to End Homelessness. Held over four weeks, the unit saw 20 undergraduate students across all university faculties work in groups to solve a problem for organisations working to end homelessness. Projects included engaging school students with the issue of homelessness and encouraging local governments to collaborate to address homelessness.
How to Enrol
Approaches to Wicked Problems is usually offered in Summer (January-February). Please see further details in the unit outline. Interested students can enrol through Student Connect, however your enrolment will show 'invalid' until approved by the Unit Coordinator. For more information, please email our Academic Coordinator.