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Building Capacity for Responsible Innovation KLA101

This Unit is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania and Dr Justine Lacey, Research Director of CSIRO’s Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform, and her team.

CSIRO’s Responsible Innovation research program examines “the interface between science, technology innovation and the associated ethical, social and legal consequences of new and disruptive science and technologies. CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms aim to develop the early stage science that underpins disruptive innovation and has the potential to reinvent and create new industries for Australia”.

Please see CSIRO Responsible Innovation Future Science Program.


This unit provides learners with resources to operationalise the Responsible Innovation (RI) concept into their own disciplines through developing their own views and stance on what it means to practice innovation responsibly. It equips learners with a basic knowledge of RI and specific implementation tools using a range of case studies and scenarios that explore the complexity of issues across the sciences in for example, agri-technology, marine science, molecular biology and science futures. Participants will be introduced to the various elements generally considered to be encompassed by RI including values and assumptions; rationale and motivations for RI; inclusive deliberation; evaluation of ideas and accounting for the intangible. By exploring contested issues in RI in contexts such as the environment, policy and societal, insights may emerge through collaboration, sense-making and reflective practice on how to become more deliberative, RI 'practitioner'.


Unit name Building Capacity for Responsible Innovation
Unit code KLA101
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Doctor Kamal Singh
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies):


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe behaviours that underpin Responsible Innovation (RI) to support changes in industrial technologies and science.
  • Explain values, motivations and assumptions in the design and/or use of industrial technologies and science futures
  • Outline Responsible Innovation tools to support change in industrial technologies and science futures
  • Describe the principles underpinning your approach to Responsible Innovation

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

Weekly tutorials both on-line and face-to-face.  Asynchronous delivery of recorded lectures, activities, readings and other resources.

AssessmentJournal of Useful Ideas (15%)|PosterChecklist - Responsible Innovation Tool (20%)|Group Sense-making through Provocation and Reflective Practice (25%)|Case Study and Essay: Industrial Technologies or science futures and Social Licence to Operate(SLO) (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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