Assessment task 1 – Critical analysis: 1000 words (15% F2F 10% Online)
Choose one wicked problem, as introduced in the course. List 2-3 attempts that have been made to ‘solve’ this problem. Critically analyse why these programs or initiatives have failed. Conclude with an original idea to address the problem.
The critical analysis will be structured in three parts as follows:
Introduction and analysis of wicked problem: 200 words
Review of attempts to address the problem and why they have failed: 600 words
Novel idea to address the problem: 200 words
There will be a strong focus on referencing, clear written expression and critical analysis in this assessment.
The critical analysis must be completed by 11:59pm Friday end of week 3.
Assessment task 2 – MULTIPLE CHOICE QUIZ: 30 questions (30%)
You are required to complete a multiple choice quiz of 30 questions on the core concepts introduced in weeks 2-7 of the course: social inequality, wicked problems, systems thinking, the Sustainable Development Goals, leadership, and how the three sectors create positive social impact.
The quiz must be completed by 11:55pm Wednesday of week 7.
Assessment task 3 – SOCIAL CHANGE PITCH (55% F2F, 40% online )
For this assessment you will be allocated to a team of three (3) or four (4). In your team you will choose a complex social issue based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the course your team will design a change process to address this social issue, and will present a social change pitch in the form of a written report and an oral presentation.
For your social change pitch, you are asked to focus on designing a process rather than a solution. To design your change process you will need to use the tools discussed in the course. This part is where you get to apply what you have learnt. Remember that you need to design your overall change process justifying your approach to change as well as your choice of specific tools to go about this change drawing on the material covered during the course.
Your team’s social change pitch is divided in 4 sections:
(i) SYSTEMS THINKING: Investigating the historical context of the problem and conducting a sector analysis
(ii) BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE: Understanding the root causes of the problem and its relevant Sustainable Goal/s; developing a vision & SMART goals.
(iii) UTILISING SYSTEMS TOOLS: Mapping the root causes, system and actors.
(iv) STRATEGIES, COLLABORATIONS & MEASURING IMPACT: Implementing your change process.
There will be time dedicated to team work throughout the course – in addition to the in-class presentations in either week 10 or 11. All team members are required to actively participate in team work.
Although you will be working in teams, the majority of this assessment is based on your individual contributions. Each individual in the team will be responsible for one section of the social change process, and will be assessed according to three components:
3(a) Individual written report (30% f2f, 20%online) due on 11:59pm Friday end of week 11, using the Turnitin link provided on moodle. This needs to be computer typed. The word limit is 2000 words (with a leniency of, plus or minus, 10%). (eg. each team member will submit a 2000 word section of the report).
Even though you will be working on the same topic as your team members, this assessment is completed and marked on an individual basis.
Your written report is the individual section of the change process that you have been allocated in your group (for example, systems thinking, blueprint for change, systems tools or strategies, collaborations and measuring impact). This is a 2000-word section of the overall report based on the oral presentation you deliver in the final weeks of the course.
3(b) Individual oral presentation (15% f2f, 20% online): This is an oral presentation of your section of the change process. In this presentation, you ‘pitch’ your individual section of the team report. It will be delivered in class with your team members, and you will present your individual section of the change process. The presentation must be 5 minutes long. It is delivered in tutorials in week 10 or 11.
3(c) Team design and presentation (10% F2F only): This mark is the same for all team members and will be based on the quality, cohesion and consolidation of the team oral presentation.
Assessment task – ONLINE ENGAGEMENT (20% online only)
You are required to participate and engage in online discussions and activities for all modules. There is one module delivered in each teaching week of the course. In order to pass the course, you must actively participate in at least 9 out of 11 modules. There are a variety of ways to participate, including posting on a discussion forum, engaging with peers online, completing online activities individually and in teams, and contributing to the student-led glossary or café discussions.
The marking criteria for these assessments is available on Moodle.