SOC3000 Collaborative Community Problem Solving
Pre-requisite: 12 course units (though 16 course units is recommended)
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
Students will work within cross disciplinary project teams consisting of a mix of students, professionals and community members from outside the university. Each team will have a community issue assigned to it. Where possible, this issue will be from an identified community, either within the local area, or from overseas where an international student brings an issue forward. A staff member will facilitate each project team's activities. Students will engage in a series of workshops where they meet as a group and contribute knowledge and competencies from their own experiences and disciplines to critically analyse the components of the issue and define specific challenges, such that further research and consultation can result in a proposed framework for problem solving. Between workshops students will be responsible for researching the issue, consulting with community members personally or electronically, and preparing components of the project report for the team. The deliverable from the course is a report which describes the issue analysis, relevant research and community consultation, and a prospectus on possible management or resolution strategies.