• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Faculty of Science
  • Areas of interest Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Kylie Catchpole
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course
  • Graduate Attributes
    • Transdisciplinary

Would you like to make a difference to the world, but are not sure how, or where to start?

This course invites students into a workshop environment with guest speakers from inside and outside the university. You will learn about the wide range of ways of contributing to global challenges, helping you to find directions that fit with your strengths and interests and to develop a sense of agency and empowerment. The focus of the course is on positive engagement with issues (not lectures on problems) and on solution-oriented action. You will come away from the course with increased clarity about the directions available to you, and an increased capacity to make a difference.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Analyse the connections between their lives and large scale changes in society and our environment. 
  2. Understand the hierarchy of actions from personal choices up to mobilising positive change across society. 
  3. Demonstrate high level skills in working in teams; facilitate learning and provide developmental feedback to others.
  4. Develop an action plan for an active and constructive social engagement and to commence implementation.
  5. Apply a wide repertoire of leadership skills in a range of contexts including formal and informal settings and face-to-face and online environments.

Other Information

A quota will apply to admission to this course. Students must register an expression of interest to enrol via the following website.

The selection process for student applicants requires submission of an Expression of Interest, and their academic transcript. Selection is based on (i) the quality of the EoI, demonstrating those students whose transcripts indicate a willingness to explore learning outside their majors/minors , and (ii) relevant disciplinary and sub-disciplinary knowledge bases. The final participant list is drawn from all colleges of the university, across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) and Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The intent is to select students who show potential to engage actively in the course, and also bring with them diverse sets of academic, social and cultural knowledge, adding richness to the cohort’s learning.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Project proposal (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Learning portfolio (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Major project (group component) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Major project (individual component) (25) [LO 1,2,4,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which consists of a 1 x 2 hour workshop per week.
  • Approximately 106 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for workshops and assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 24 units towards a degree.

You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Students are either directed to relevant readings or provided them via the course Wattle page throughout the semester.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8388 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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