AGC109 - Global Challenges and Personal Agency

Unit details

Year:2023 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: To be advised




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

 1 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week 

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1 hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week     


Around the world, people and communities are confronted with large and complex problems of global scale or origin. How can we respond to challenges like climate change, the erosion of democracy, increasing inequality, or contested identities? This unit introduces you to the knowledge and skills needed to make a difference in an increasingly complex world. Take the future into your own hands and build your agency in addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. Explore the key features of a global challenge. Investigate several of the most difficult challenges that confront us today. Discover approaches to addressing the big problems humanity faces. By the end of this unit, students will understand some of the world's biggest problems, and be better positioned to respond to these problems in their everyday lives, by identifying and proposing ways to activate their local communities. 

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Examine the key features of a global challenge and their different dimensions.

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

Research and explain how global challenges impact society and local communities.

GLO4: Critical Thinking

GLO8: Global Citizenship

Make use of digital technologies to explain how the impact of global challenges could be mitigated at a local level.

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital Literacy

GLO5: Problem Solving

Identify how knowledge and skills from different disciplines can inform the analysis of global challenges

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Briefing paper 1000 words
or equivalent
25% End of Week 4
Assessment 2 – Project proposal 1200 words 30% End of Week 7
Assessment 3 –  Grassroots campaign 1800 words 45% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.