Curriculum and student experience
Curtin is committed to supporting a range of curricular and co-curricular student programs that promote ethics, responsibility and sustainability to our students.
Curtin’s Graduate Capabilities with strong alignment to the goals of the PRME. They speak to Curtin’s desire to instil in students a commitment to transforming lives and communities for the better, to have respect for First Peoples, and an understanding of the importance of embedding sustainable practices and high ethical standards in their professional work. The Capabilities are embedded in the curricula of courses, and achievement monitored through individual unit assessments and a robust assurance of learning process.
Our strategic plan focuses on embedding ERS into our curriculum in order to demonstrate that ERS is not only taught, but also practised and assessed. In order to achieve this, our course renewal process ensures that every course and major not only has a course learning outcome that is focused on ERS, but also that there is strategic alignment between both the course learning outcomes and the units where ERS is explicitly taught, practised and assessed. This alignment also ensures ERS is scaffolded through the course and respective majors, growing our commitment to ERS principles.
Our business core exemplifies our commitment to ERS by:
- Revitalisation of all business core units to ensure they set the foundation of ERS in practice
- Revision of all majors to ensure curriculum is embedded with ERS principles
- Development of a learning journey in our capstone experience to enable students the opportunity to reflect on their commitment to ERS principles.
ERS Course Learning Outcomes
- Understand how the economy affects the business environment and the role of a responsible business in global society.
- Examine the importance of responsible business practices in local and global business settings and understand how this should inform responsible business decision making.
- Apply an understanding of academic integrity and ethically responsible communication skills required across business disciplines.
- Apply knowledge and skills to communicate verbally as well as in written and digital formats, in a respectful and culturally appropriate manner.
- Apply corporate governance principles and understand the ethical ramifications of business decision making.
- Explain legal and ethical issues related to using data in a business context.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with relevant stakeholders in a culturally appropriate and professional manner.
Final Year – Capstone Experience
- Engage in reflective practice to self-evaluate cultural capability and readiness for employment.
- Apply discipline knowledge to create value and solve business problems in ways that demonstrate responsible business decision making.
Graduate Statement of Commitment to Responsible Professional Practice
From 2021, graduating Business and Commerce students will be presented with the following statement:
“I recognise that my professional work will impact on others. In accepting that I have a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure this impact is not harmful, I will:
- practise my profession with the highest levels of integrity;
- lead by example, and question unethical behaviour;
- use my skills and knowledge to seek a better future for generations to come;
- consider the human, environmental, and social impact of my professional activities;
- defend the rights, freedom, and dignity of others; and
- seek to advance opportunities for Indigenous and First Nations peoples within my profession.
I will communicate my values through my actions, and not just my words and hold myself and those around me accountable from this day forward.”
Student experience and programs
The Big Idea
The Big Idea is a social enterprise immersion and business planning competition for university students. The competition is run by The Big Issue, a social enterprise itself that develops solutions to help the homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives. Student teams develop a social enterprise idea, with the support of social entrepreneurs and experts from across Australia. A panel of experts then judge the business plans.
The Faculty of Business and Law supports The Big Idea at Curtin through academic involvement in the program.
ENACTUS Curtin is a community of around 70 students, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. They are affiliated with ENACTUS, an international not-for-profit organisation, who align their initiatives with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Being involved with ENACTUS isn’t just about volunteering to give back to the community, it provides students the opportunity to get out of the university safety net and into the community. Here they meet with people from diverse backgrounds, different demographics and with different life challenges, widening their perspective of life and helping them learn tolerance, patience and understanding.
Recent ENACTUS Curtin projects include EquipMe and Take Away Garden.
EquipMe: Based out of the Victoria Park Community Centre, students provide such services as clothes mending, resume consultations, art-based activities for homeless people and those in precarious housing within the community.
Take Away Garden: This project is designed to address food waste and provide access to fresh, organic foods in 100% compostable packaging. Each Take-Away Garden kit contains a starter garden container, seeds and potting mix, and is aimed at millennials and young adults.
Curtin Women in Business
Women in Business (WIB) strives to connect, support and empower women across all faculties.
Through events, the club aims to provide a space where emerging thought leaders are able to build professional networks and create lasting relationships between peers.
Members act raise awareness of gender equality through the education and career development. WIB hopes to continue to offer events and opportunities that build a better and more equal society and continue to address United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11.
Curtin Volunteers! is Curtin’s student-driven volunteering hub. Its mission is to provide opportunities which both enhance the student experience and benefit the wider community. The volunteering opportunities are diverse, ranging from hands-on environmental projects, community development projects in remote and Indigenous communities, helping new migrants to develop English language skills, companionship for young adults with disabilities, and introducing young girls to coding.
Curtin Link is a business and law advice centre that connects Curtin intellectual resources to not-for-profit organisations, small businesses, social enterprises and start-ups. The centre provides students with the opportunity to work on projects for the WA community from Curtin’s Murray Street campus. Read more
Curtin Tax Clinic
The Curtin Tax Clinic aims to assist unrepresented taxpayers in meeting or complying with their taxation affairs. It was the first clinic of its kind in Australia offering students, under the supervision of experienced tax practitioners, the opportunity to engage in casework directly relevant to their career in taxation.
Following on from the success of the Curtin Tax Clinic, the Australian government announced funding for universities to trial similar tax clinics across the country.
John Curtin Law Clinic
Under the supervision of experienced legal practitioners, third-year law students can meet with small Businesses and prepare legal advice for them.
Disciplined Approach to Social Entrepreneurship Massively Open Online Course (MOOC)
This seven-week MOOC delivered through the edX online learning platform prepares aspiring social entrepreneurs with the relevant knowledge and skills to build a strong sustainable business entity committed to social innovation. The MOOC helps innovators turns ideas into a viable business that benefit the wider population.