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Leading Change in a Complex World (MULT30014)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMULT30014
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This subject aims to engage students in the process of designing a proposal to lead change in a “real world” complex problem.

How do you develop personal and professional practice that actively contributes to creating sustainable environments for future generations? This subject will prepare you for work and broader life challenges, where you may be called upon to lead or manage what are often called ‘wicked problems’. Examples include challenges in the areas of sustainable resourceor responding to climate variability. In these situations there are incomplete or contradictory requirements that are interdependent. Further, the range of stakeholders will likely have very different views of the ‘problem’ and will tend to change their minds with emerging circumstances. The ‘problem definition’ may not be agreed until a solution is formulated and attempts to solve these types of problems typically cause further ramifications.

Through a four stage process, you will work with other students in your tutorial class to explore a problem from various stakeholder perspectives and from various disciplinary perspectives. You will then consider a range of “solutions” in order to make a recommendation for action.


Topics covered include leadership, community development, teamwork, the design process and reflective practice. Processes include reflective writing, teamwork, and proposal development.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Show evidence of grappling with complex problems through the lenses of your own and others' perspectives
  2. Demonstrate increasing self-awareness, including being able to articulate the things that shape your thinking
  3. Demonstrate tolerance and awareness of other viewpoints, including to create new viewpoints (different foci, criteria)
  4. Demonstrate confidence and flexibility in dealing with uncertainty
  5. Demonstrate learning consultative skills with stakeholders
  6. Demonstrate the ability to make a case to lead change, taking into account your own and others’ perspectives
  7. Demonstrate the use and integration of the knowledge developed over the course of your degree

Generic skills

At the end of this subject students should have developed:

  • The ability to work in teams
  • Leadership potential through practising, initiating and implementing constructive change
  • Approaches to dealing with uncertainty
  • Knowledge across and between the disciplines
  • Understanding of social and cultural diversity – including Indigenous cultures; valuing different cultures
  • Global citizenship skills by advocating for improving the sustainability of the environment.

Last updated: 10 August 2019