Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This community-based subject has an entry qualification. Employers of graduates, whatever the industry or community sector , want people who can research in teams, who can communicate well, and who can then shape and implement policies. This subject puts all this into practice. You work in small teams on a policy challenge, either as received from La Trobe, or from a client. Under strict protocols mandated by the subject, and only after prior approval is given by the coordinator of the subject, each student group will contact their client with a view to presenting, or reporting on, their response to the challenge. Student groups first meet in classroom simulations at La Trobe, and eventually present at, or report to, a real client. Working in a team of four, with explicit lines of individual responsibility and mutual accountability, students in this subject address the La Trobe Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential by extending their skills of research, discussion, presentation and analysis, focusing on evidence-based policy options and recommendations.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdrian Jones

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning Activities. Discussion in seminars and between students in their group of four outside seminars. Individual Outline of One and then Another Aspect of the Project. Group Elevator Pitch. Individual Contribution to the Group Report on the Project. Collective Contribution to the Group Report on the Project

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be in penultimate year of study, have passed HUS1FAS, HUS2NGP and HUS2TNK, have a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60, or else by subject coordinator's approval after submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsDepending on the themes of the subject, students may be required (at their own expense) to arrange for a Working with Children Check before they can enrol in the subject. Different instances of this subject may serve different clients. Student groups might be based on a single discipline or they might be multidisciplinary.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Scoping: with a project or policy query of a particular client in mind, students are supported in researching the scholarly literature, sketching the evidence base for different options for action.
02. Presenting and advocating with relevance and impact: students frame an in-class presentation on an aspect or aspects of the problems, patterns, options or solutions with respect to the project or policy query.
03. Researching: in addressing the project and policy query, students are supported in locating and interrogating multidisciplinary sources in multidisciplinary ways.
04. Writing up: in compiling a comprehensive final report on the project or policy query, students individually and combination frame a policy response-in-common, with each participant taking responsibility for a particular part of the report, after obtaining feedback from their prior work of Scoping and of Presenting and Advocating (SILOs 1 & 3).
05. Teamwork: collaborating to advance a project or to meet a client's needs.

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