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COLB12-200: Global Challenges 1


Global Challenges 1 provides students with an opportunity to effectively identify and address a significant and complex problem that will form the basis of a major project. This innovative subject focuses upon wicked problems and the challenges they pose. Wicked problems are highly complex and difficult to define; clean solutions to wicked problems prove elusive, with proposed solutions generating unintended consequences that require resolution of new problems, which are themselves difficult and often wicked. Global Challenges 1 provides students with an opportunity to investigate such problems while integrating their theoretical understanding and practical experience.

Students will work in an experiential and collaborative learning environment as they develop the skills and knowledge to identify and conceptualise a wicked problem. 

Subject details

Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Allied Health
  • Architecture and Built Environment
  • Business and Commerce
  • Communication and Creative Media
  • Health Sciences
  • International Relations and Humanities
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $10,520
  • Commencing in 2023: $10,800

Learning outcomes

1. Effectively communicate ideas and arguments regarding significant wicked problems within diverse settings and to multiple audiences. 2. Work collaboratively and cooperatively with others to address a specified wicked problem. 3. Use critical self-reflection and the feedback of others to identify and act on opportunities for learning. 4. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical and conceptual constructs and ideas relevant to understanding and addressing wicked problems. 5. Identify and critically analyse a wicked problem, including the potential roles and responsibilities of relevant stakeholders.

Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/11/2021
Semester start17/01/2022
Subject start17/01/2022
Cancellation 1?31/01/2022
Cancellation 2?07/02/2022
Last enrolment30/01/2022
Withdraw – Financial?12/02/2022
Withdraw – Academic?05/03/2022
Teaching census?11/02/2022