Take a VC’s Course

Course Offered Best taken Degree Enrol
The Art of Making Semester 1+2 Early in degree UG via ISIS
Creating Impact Semester 1 Early in degree UG+PG via ISIS
Creating Knowledge Semester 2 Early in degree UG only Apply
Leadership & Influence Semester 1 Middle of degree UG+PG via ISIS
Unravelling Complexity Semester 1 Later in degree UG+PG Apply
Mobilising Research Winter Session Later in degree UG+PG TBA
Wicked Problems NEW - TBA Later in degree PG only TBA
Ignorance! NEW - TBA Later in degree PG only TBA
Group Research & Innovation Project NEW - TBA Later in degree UG+PG TBA
Innovation Internship NEW - TBA Later in degree UG only TBA

Note: UG: undergraduate; PG: postgraduate



Course format and assessment

VC’s courses use a mix of guest seminars from leading academics and professionals, and student-run activities. Students commonly remark that the best part of VC’s courses are the students from different disciplines, and so most VC courses have a group-work component too. The major assessment item is a learning portfolio. You can see examples of these assessment items on the example work page.

Course overviews

Art of Making

The Art of Making is about turning ideas into outcomes. Which ideas? Into what kind of outcomes? That depends on you. In this course, you’ll learn about every aspect of ‘making’—understanding, through your own experience, how people use social and intellectual capital to generate and transform knowledge into realities that change society. » read more

Creating Impact

Creating Impact introduces students to key methods and tools that underpin innovation across disciplines. Students will learn to use Systems Thinking; Design Thinking; the Business Model Canvas; and Lean Startup techniques to identify and validate opportunities, and to rapidly deliver results to a broad range of fields in society. » read more

Creating Knowledge

Creating Knowledge revolve around on-campus field trips to discover how knowledge is created around campus. You’ll also engage with all of the Learning Communities at ANU, attend public lectures, and interview professors. CK is a Vice-Chancellor’s course for talented, inquiring students from all areas of the ANU who are interested in what makes universities tick.

Leadership & Influence

Leadership & Influence offers students who have demonstrated or shown potential as leaders a wide understanding of styles of leadership and influence by giving you the opportunity to directly ask questions of people who have created change. Suitable for undergraduates and postgraduates who will be seeking leadership positions in the future. » read more

Unravelling Complexity

Unravelling Complexity offers later-year students from any part of the ANU the opportunity to explore a series of complex issues. Suitable for undergraduates and postgraduates towards the end of your degree. Law students can enrol in LAWS4001 and have it counted as a Law course. » read more

Mobilising Research

Mobilising Research aims to uncover what research is and how it can be used for the public good. The course is offered as an intensive course in ANU’s Winter session, and is part of the IARU Global Summer Program.

New Courses

Information about Wicked Problems, Ignorance!, Group Research & Innovation Project and Innovation Internship will be available shortly.


Degree options

The VC’s courses are open to students from all disciplines at ANU. You can fit a VC’s course into your degree plan in a number of ways.

As a University Elective
Students can take any VC’s course as a university elective. Many degrees allow certain VC’s courses to be a discipline elective – check with your degree program.
As part of a Minor
VC’s courses can currently fit into two minors:
As part of a Major
VC’s courses can currently fit into one major:
As part of a Masters
VC’s courses can currently fit into any masters program:
  • As a stand-alone Masters Innovation & Professional Practice
  • As a vertical double – Masters Innovation & Professional Practice degree with any other undergraduate degree (Programs & Courses) (See the degree rules on Programs & Courses)
Most VC’s courses can fit into any masters programs as an elective

Updated:  15 Jan 2018/ Responsible Officer:  Head of School/ Page Contact:  VC Courses Webmaster