(Solution) MGMT11167 Foundations of Social Innovation



1 Written Assessment
Assessment Title
Analysis of a wicked problem

Task Description

This assignment is due in Week 6, Friday, midday. 

Describe and analyse a ‘wicked problem’ of either local, national or global relevance.  Canvass at least one campaign, policy approach or intervention that has been launched to overcome this problem, evidence the degree to which this succeeded, and identify and provide evidence of at least one unintended consequence of this attempt to address the problem.

The assignment should not exceed 2000 words, and should draw on credible written evidence, including scholarly books and articles, non-scholarly books and book chapters, and credible media sources (a minimum of 10 scholarly references are required).   This assignment requires you to show evidence that you understand the term ‘wicked problem’ and are able to relate that definition to a ‘real world’ wicked problem, using evidence you’ve gathered through your own readings of the scholarly or other science literature.   You can make use of reputable media sources as part of your case, but a preference should be given to either scholarly (peer-reviewed) papers, scientific reports (e.g. from United Nations bodies or the CSIRO), or reputable government or non-government reports.  Unintended consequences of policy solutions are not easy to find, therefore we encourage you to think through what MIGHT be an unintended (negative or positive) consequence to a campaign designed to tackle a wicked problem.   Once you have identified a likely candidate for an unintended consequence, you should be able to find some plausible good quality evidence to show that such a consequence may have transpired.

The format of this assignment is a formal essay or report.  There is no ‘right’ structure, but the assessment item should be clearly and logically structured, and can be illustrated with graphs, figures or tables as required.  Using sub-headings to help organise your work is encouraged, but not required. 

Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (28 Aug. 2020) 12:00 pm AEST

Please note that the time for submission is the middle of the day. This provides the opportunity for the unit coordinator and TASAC to assist students who may have difficulties submitting their assignments.

2 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Group Presentation of Traditional Versus Social Innovation Interventions

Task Description

This is a group assignment, and class presentations associated with this assignment will commence in the second half of the term. The objective of this assignment is to show your emerging understanding of the distinction between traditional and social innovation interventions to wicked problems and to hone your ability to work in a group and present good quality evidence in a public setting.

For this assignment you’ll be asked (along with a group of up to three fellow students) to give a ten-minute oral, in-class presentation (for online students this will be via a Zoom meeting organised by the unit coordinator). The presentation will be followed by questions from your lecturer and fellow students. You’ll be expected to support your presentation with visual/written aids, preferably PowerPoint. Each student in your group should contribute to the development and delivery of the presentation and the documents uploaded to Moodle.  You will be expected to provide a clear overview of which team member contributed which element to the final presentation (not just the oral delivery). In addition, the slides must be accompanied by evidence (for example in the PowerPoint Notes) to expand on the evidence in the slide itself. Each slide note should indicate the identity of the team member who primarily contributed to that slide and the collection of evidence presented in that slide.

The topic will be your choice of a significant social problem, and it should not be a problem which one of your group members is including in their Assignment 1 task.  In your group presentation, you will briefly describe, followed by a contrast between a traditional approach and a new, social innovation approach to countering the problem. The social innovation approach (unlike the traditional approach) can be either a hypothetical solution, or one that has been tried. In either case, you’ll be expected to explain the strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches (traditional and social innovation approach) and why one approach may be more appropriate than the other. You will be expected, as with Assessment 1, to present good quality evidence to back up the statements made on your slides and in your oral presentation.

We recommend that you meet with your group early in the term, break up the tasks fairly between the group members, and then meet regularly to ensure that the final product is a seamless combination of the work you have done. So presentations that show evidence of the team working together to produce a single, well structured ‘line of thought’ will be marked higher than disorganised and repetitive presentations.

Please consult with your on-campus lecturer to form groups by the end of week 4.  Note that presentations begin in week 6 and end in week 12.  If you have a preference for the week in which your group presents, please negotiate this early with your lecturer.

Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (24 Aug. 2020) 12:00 pm AEST

Ongoing weekly presentations, given in class or via Zoom. Note that presentations begin in week 6 and end in week 12. If you have a preference for the week in which your group presents, please negotiate this early with your on-campus lecturer.