AGC209 - Global Challenges and Innovation Strategies

Unit details

Year:2023 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Commencing 2024:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:TBA

Students must complete one level 1 unit



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     


What can be done about global challenges? How can we develop agency in the face of these huge problems? Use your skills as an arts and humanities student to analyse some of the world's most difficult global challenges. Consider how people are already addressing large and complex global problems. Explore various approaches to changing the future. In this unit you will learn from people working on these global challenges and will have the opportunity to imagine your own action plan for changing the world. At the end of this unit students will have a deeper understanding of global problems, and of the role that Bachelor of Arts students and graduates can play in addressing complex, multi-stakeholder, global challenges of today. 

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

Critically evaluate scenarios relating to global challenges and explain the consequences of our failure to act.

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

Identify a range of key actions required to address complex global challenge issues

GLO5: Problem Solving

GLO8: Global Citizenship

Work collaboratively to synthesise individual scenarios and communicate respective issues and actions

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Teamwork


Critically reflect on the role of discipline knowledge in evaluating and identifying solutions to global challenges.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 –  Scenario Building 1800 words or equivalent 45% Week 5
Assessment 2 – Recommendations and innovation strategies (Individual and Group) 2200 words or equivalent 55% 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.