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SOCL11059 Introducing Social Change
Introducing Social Change
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General Information

Overview

In this unit you will examine key processes of social change and power that are needed to address the challenges facing people and the planet. By drawing on the work of a range of social change leaders and new paradigms from a range of social sectors - production, consumption, distribution, exchange and finance - you will begin developing skills in leading social change. You will explore processes of self change and social change as well as the social innovations that will be part of developing a new economy, society and sustainable environment into the 21st Century.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Portfolio
Weighting: 50%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Moodle

Feedback

I like the use of the moodle posts in order to have a more constant influx of feedback on the concepts being discussed

Recommendation

Will continue to use Moodle posts to build a portfolio

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain how social innovation can address wicked social problems
  2. Discuss case studies addressing social change across a range of sectors
  3. Apply human centred design principles and re-framing to a social change problem
  4. Explain your role in generating positive social and environmental change.

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Portfolio - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Susan Rockloff Unit Coordinator
s.rockloff@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

PART ONE Micro-perspective

Introducing Sociology and Changemaking: Private Troubles to Public Issues

Chapter

Complete iChange Module 1&2 Historical social innovation

Hopkinson (2015) WTF is sociology?

CW Mills 2000 The sociological imagination Chap 1

Monbiot 2017 Neoliberalism, climate change, migration (YouTube 15m)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

From Direct Service Delivery to Participatory Process

Chapter

Complete iChange Module 2 Types of social impact

Ashoka 2016 More than 'doing good': a definition of 'changemaker' PDF

BFG 1 Chap. 3 People to people

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Complex Problems & Change Processes 

Chapter

Complete iChange Module 3 Megatrends & wicked problems

Green 2012 Chap. 1 Systems thinking changes everything

Hassan 2007 Slouching towards flatland (PDF)

Smits 2009 How to save a rainforest (TED talk)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Moodle Post 1 Due Friday March 27

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Human Centred (Participatory) Design Processes

Chapter

Complete iChange Module 4 Exploring opportunities

Green 2012 Chap. 2 Power lies at the heart of change

Kahane 2013 Power and love (TED talk)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

From Hero to Host - new leadership to build a life in common

Chapter

Complete iChange Module 5 & 6 Who does social innovation? Why me?

BFG 1 Chap. 5 Stepping into the unknown

Wheatley & Frieze 2018 From hero to host

Events and Submissions/Topic

Moodle Post 2 Due Friday Apr 10

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

PART TWO: Macro Perspective

Capitalism limits, and the struggle to restore our Common Wealth

Chapter

Raworth 2013 Doughnut economics (YouTube 17m)

Federici: 2014 The struggle for the commons (YouTube 14m)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Ecological Resilience and Land: social innovation & a just food system

Chapter

Harvey 2009 Accumulation by dispossession (YouTube 7m)

Macfarlane 2017 Its time to call the housing crisis what it really is

Altieri 2015 Who will feed the planet in a crisis? (YouTube 30m)

Seikatsu Club Food Co-operative Pp. 131 -141 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Moodle Post 3 Due Friday May 1

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Precarious Livelihoods: work, solidarity and social innovation

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Democratising Social Care: social innovation and health

Chapter

Tarnoff 2017 “How privatization could spell the end of democracy"

Fureai Kippu: Barter based health care for senior citizens (YouTube 6m)

Beyond care: Childcare cooperative (YouTube 7m)

Brenner 2017 Democratising social care

Restakis 2017 Cooperative commonwealth & the partner state Pp. 15-24

Events and Submissions/Topic

Moodle Post 4 Due Friday May 15

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Pathways to a resilience energy future: power and social innovation

Chapter

An Australian green new deal?

Cahill 2018 Economic diversity in the energy sector

BZE Renewable energy plan

Drawdown Electricity generation sector summary



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Democratic financing solutions for the great transition - money and social innovation

Chapter

Positive Money 2013 What is money? (YouTube 3m)

Gaurav 2014 Subprime crisis in a nutshell: 2008 meltdown explained (YouTube 10m)

Flanders 2018 A public bank for the public good (YouTube 25m)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Moodle Post 5 Due Friday May 29

You should now submit the Portfolio containing all five (5) Moodle Posts

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Micro-Macro Synthesis - building the politics for systems change

Chapter

Gar Alperovitz 2016 System, crisis, system change (Youtube 40m)

Lewis 2017 Navigating system change in a volatile century (PDF)

Events and Submissions/Topic

SOCIAL INNOVATION CASE STUDY Due: Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:55 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

There are set readings for the course but I will endeavor to include materials related to students interests so materials may be added that you find relevant as well keeping you up to date with the latest thinking in social innovation which is constantly developing. There is no set text for the course but there are 2 online texts to download from which I have set chapters. These are Duncan Green's 2018 How Change Happens (esp chaps 1 & 2) and Barefoot Guide 1 (BFG 1) (esp chaps 3 & 5) 

Assessment Tasks

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title
PORTFOLIO

Task Description

The portfolio consists of 1500 words in total - being 5 x 300-word Moodle posts.

You are required to submit five 300-word posts to the graded Moodle Forum set up for the relevant week. Each individual post will be marked out of 10 for an overall mark out of 50. These are to be submitted to the Moodle forum at the end of the relevant module (and at the end of the course to allow for Turnitin report). There will be a separate Moodle forum to which you can submit a rough draft - using dot points or interesting sources - for feedback from the lecturer and for discussion with your peers. This will remain open until the final posting is due.

Students are encouraged to post early to this forum and discuss their posts and then re-submit to the graded forum before the due date. Other posts in the final graded forum will not be visible until you submit yours.

The purpose of these Moodle posts is to develop your ability to reflect on the unit materials and demonstrate your learning. You are required to critically reflect on the key idea or issue. 

Each posting to the Moodle Forums should provide evidence of your learning and thinking about the module. The posts to the Moodle Forums do not need to be lengthy and should not exceed the required 300 words per posting. Put your post in the text box not attached as a document or file.

Postings do need to demonstrate that you have given some thought to the topic - backed up by other sources you have looked at (no more than 2 or 3). A brief, concisely written answer to the topic is more effective than a long, winded general comment. Where appropriate, you should refer to the literature to support your discussion and provide an in-text citation for any sources that you use. If you do use a direct quote, it should only be included if you then make a comment on what the author has said. If you use a direct quote as part of your discussion it MUST BE clearly indicated as such and you will need to provide full reference details in Harvard (author/date) style.

The minimum expectation for this assessment item is that you provide fortnightly postings for grading as above (and submit them all for Turnitin score at the end of term). You are encouraged to engage with weekly discussion forums as feedback will improve your marks.

You will not be able to pass the course if you do not submit the portfolio to Turnitin by Week 12.


Assessment Due Date

Posts are due anytime before Friday in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9. 11


Return Date to Students

Posts will be graded within the following week


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
Students must complete both assessments to pass the unit.

Assessment Criteria

Portfolio posts will be marked based on the following matrix:
HD 85-100% D 75-84% C 65-74% P 50-64% F <50% Marks
4 3 2.5 <2
Social Innovation 50%
Clear and succinct answer to the question addressed in the context of social innovation issues raised in the course Mostly clear and succinct answer to the question addressed in the context of social innovation issues raised in the course Sufficiently clear and succinct answer to the question addressed in the context of social innovation issues raised in the course Mostly clear and succinct answer to the question addressed in the context of social innovation issues raised in the course Not a clear answer to the question. Does not clearly address the issues of social innovation raised in the course
Human Centred Design/Reframing 40%
Demonstrates thorough understanding of the chapter as an example of reframing or human centred design Demonstrates a good understanding the chapter as an example of reframing or human centred design Demonstrates adequate understanding of the chapter as an example of reframing or human centred design Demonstrates some understanding of the chapter as an example of reframing or human centred design Demonstrates little understanding of the chapter as an example of reframing or human centred design
Research 10%
Demonstrates wide reading beyond the course materials – understands the issues raised in the context of social innovation with appropriate referencing Demonstrates reading beyond the course materials – understands the issues raised in the context of social innovation with appropriate referencing Demonstrates reading beyond the course materials to explore the issue – with mostly accurate referencing Demonstrates some reading beyond the course materials to support ideas with few referencing errors Demonstrates little or no reading beyond the course materials or lacks appropriate referencing


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
By posting in graded Moodle Forum

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain how social innovation can address wicked social problems
  • Discuss case studies addressing social change across a range of sectors
  • Apply human centred design principles and re-framing to a social change problem


Graduate Attributes
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical practice
  • Social Innovation

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
SOCIAL INNOVATION CASE STUDY

Task Description

You are required to write a 1500-word essay on an area of social innovation like those in the second half of the course (land, food, work, health, energy, money). You are free to pursue your own interest using the materials discussed in the unit. Taking your cue from the ideas in the unit materials you should explain how it is a wicked problem and examine how an understanding of process and of human-centred design would contribute to solving common social problems..

The essay should draw on the unit material covered. You will need to analyse your social problem and critically think about what socially innovative solutions may be possible.

Your essay needs to address the following three areas:

1) Social change as a ‘wicked problem’.

2) The role of the human centred design in social change processes.

3) The role of change as a process in social innovation.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 June 2020)


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
Students must complete both assessments to pass the unit.

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be marked based on the following matrix:

HD 85-100% D 75-84% C 65-74% P 50-64% F <50% Marks
Structure -30% 4 3 2.5 <2
Efficacy and organisation 10% (5% each point)

Clear and succinct introduction that introduces the topic and outlines the direction of the paper.

Clear and succinct conclusion that provides closure to the topic and outlines final direction of the paper

Clear and appropriate introduction that introduces the topic and outlines the direction of the paper. Clear and appropriate closure to the topic and outlines the final direction of the paper Appropriate introduction that introduces the topic and outlines the direction of the paper.

Appropriate conclusion to the topic and somewhat outlines the final direction of the paper
Introduction is apparent although consists only of a list of the contents of the paper. Topic not clearly introduced. Conclusion is apparent although consists of only a brief closure of the topic. Topic not clearly concluded No recognisable introduction— the topic is not introduced and/or there is no direction offered in respect of the paper. No recognisable conclusion or the conclusion content is not reflective of the discussion
Presentation 10%
Organisation, structure and approach is succinct and comprehensively addresses the topic and the discussion proceeds logically. Well linked to supporting credible literature.

Consistently accurate with spelling, grammar and paragraph structure
Organisation, structure and approach clearly addresses the topic and discussion proceeds logically. Appropriately linked to credible literature. 1-2 consistent errors with spelling, grammar or paragraph structure Organisation, structure and approach is appropriate and the topic and discussion proceeds for the most part logically. Minimal omissions in links to supporting credible literature. 3-4 consistent errors with spelling, grammar or paragraph structure Organisation, structure and approach allows for misinterpretation of the meaning of the content. Content and discussion is at times repetitive or lacking cohesion. Frequent omissions in links to supporting credible literature 5-6 consistent errors with spelling, grammar or paragraph structure Organisation, structure and approach detract from the meaning of the topic and discussion is irrelevant and lacks cohesion. Little to no links to supporting literature. Literature is not from a credible source Many consistent errors with spelling, grammar or paragraph structure
Referencing 10%
Consistently integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. A minimum of 10 contemporary* references are used. These may be peer reviewed and grey literature.

Generally integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations, with 1 or 2 exceptions. A minimum of 10 contemporary* references are used. These may be peer reviewed and grey literature.

Partly integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations, with 3 or 4 exceptions. Between 7-9 contemporary* references are used. These may be peer reviewed and grey literature. Occasionally integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations, with 5 or 6 exceptions. Between 5-6 contemporary* references are used. These may be peer reviewed and grey literature. Fails to or infrequent attempts (>7 errors) to integrate up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations. Less than 5 contemporary* references have been cited.
Accurate Harvard referencing. No errors. Mostly accurate Harvard referencing 1-2 consistent errors (may be made multiple times). Somewhat accurate Harvard referencing. 3 consistent errors (may be made multiple times). Occasionally accurate Harvard referencing. 4 consistent errors (made multiple times). Harvard referencing not used, or more than 5 inaccuracies.
Social Innovation Content 50%
Understanding of the issue as a wicked problem 10%
Student demonstrates thorough understanding of social change as a ‘wicked’ problem Student demonstrates an understanding and application of social change as a ‘wicked’ problem Student demonstrates adequate understanding and some application of social change as a ‘wicked’ problem Student demonstrates limited understanding and application of social change as a ‘wicked’ problem Student demonstrates little understanding and application of social change as a ‘wicked’ problem
Knowledge of human-centred design 40%

Student demonstrates thorough understanding of the role of the human -centred design in social change processes.

Student demonstrates a very good understanding of the role of the human -centred design in social change processes.

Student demonstrates good understanding of the role of human-centred design in social change processes. Student demonstrates adequate understanding of the role of the human-centred design in social change processes. Student demonstrates little understanding of the role human-centred design in social change processes
Insight gained into role of social innovator 20%
Student demonstrates thorough understanding of the role of change as a process in social innovation Student demonstrates a very good understanding of the role of change as a process in social innovation. Student demonstrates good understanding of the role of change as a process in social innovation. Student demonstrates adequate understanding of the role of change as a process in social innovation. Student demonstrates little understanding of the role of change as a process in social innovation.
Total
Marker  Grade


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submitted via Moodle Site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain how social innovation can address wicked social problems
  • Apply human centred design principles and re-framing to a social change problem
  • Explain your role in generating positive social and environmental change.


Graduate Attributes
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical practice
  • Social Innovation

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Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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