Unravelling Complexity

“Universities serve to make students think: to resolve problems by argument supported by evidence; not to be dismayed by complexity, but bold in unravelling it’.
What are universities for? by Geoffrey Boulton and Colin Lucas


The first week of student-facilitated tutorials (photo by Shayne Flint)

Unravelling Complexity takes up Lucas & Boulton’s challenge by offering latter year students from any part of the ANU the opportunity to explore a series of complex issues. The connections between economic, historical, social, legal, scientific, engineering, environmental and moral dimensions of complex problems will be explored.

Academics and professionals will share their experience and provide case studies of complex problem solving in action through weekly seminars. Students will work in an interdisciplinary team to unravel a complex issue and deliver a policy response. Students will also work in an academic environment to provide peer review on student work and to enhance their own research project.

Download the 2017 Topic Guide | Assessment Guide | Course Guide

for the schedule, course readings, links to speaker’s webpages and focus questions.

See the resources directory for speaker’s slides.

Postgraduate variation VCPG6001

Postgraduate students will be asked to complete more intensively researched work. The extended marking criteria is outlined on relevant assessment sheets.

Law variation LAWS4001

Law students undertaking LAWS4001 must explore a complex issue that has a strong legal element in their Learning Portfolio, but are still encouraged to apply perspectives from other topics the course to this issue. Enrolment in LAWS4001 is via the College of Law.



Dr Chris Browne (Webpage) (Linked.in)
Research School of Engineering
Email: Chris.Browne@anu.edu.au