• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Human Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Melanie Dare
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
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Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders (ENVS6021)

There is increasing recognition of the need to actively involve different stakeholders and communities in the process of making decisions about natural resource management (NRM). Almost every NRM professional is asked to ‘consult' or ‘involve' the community when drawing up management plans for resources such as national parks, forests, fisheries, water or mining activities, amongst many others.


This course provides a critical review of participatory resource management (PRM) approaches, exploring when and why different PRM processes succeed and fail to resolve conflicts between stakeholders. Students learn both the theories underpinning different PRM approaches, and practical skills such as group facilitation, stakeholder analysis and how to design and manage participatory processes. A series of guest speakers discuss recently-implemented Australian and international participatory processes, and the class evaluates the factors that affected the success or otherwise of these processes. The course assessment is designed to ensure students apply the facilitation skills being taught, and that students can explore topics of particular interest to them in the field of PRM.


Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, postgraduate students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. critically analyse the different approaches commonly used in participatory resource management, and the advantages and disadvantages of these different approaches; (LO1)

2. synthesise and apply the principles and theories underpinning different approaches to participatory resource management in consideration of cultural context and PRM objectives; (LO2)

3. (a) conduct group facilitation identifying and addressing group behaviour characteristics, (b) effectively design participatory processes for different management and cultural situations applying knowledge of PRM approaches, limitations, principles and theories, and (c) monitor and evaluate the success of participatory processes ; (LO3)

4. critically review literature and ‘real life' examples of participatory processes and conflict resolution in NRM; (LO4)

5. apply reflexive practices to adequately identify personal and social characteristics and their influence on PRM practice (LO5)

Other Information

The course is run as a block from Tuesday 1 to Thursday 10 July 2014 (no classes occur over the middle weekend).

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on a student-negotiated weighting across the following:

  • Research essay on a given topic or a topic of their own choosing, drawing on PRM theory (30-50%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4);
  • Annotated bibliography of key literature relevant for their preferred essay topic (15-25%) (LO4);
  • Tutorial papers answering a variety of pre-set analytical questions that draw on both lectures and readings (10-20%) ( LO 1, 2, 3);
  • Tutorial facilitation, requiring design and facilitation of one tutorial based on pre-set questions (20-30%) (LO 3a);
  • Group presentation on PRM approaches/methods and tools (10%) ( LO 1)

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Forty-nine hours contact, comprising an 8-day block course taught 1-10 July 2014.

Preliminary Reading

Dare, M., Schirmer, J., and Vanclay, F., 2011, Handbook for Operational Community Engagement within Australian Plantation Forest Management. Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry, Hobart, Tasmania. (http://www.crcforestry.com.au/publications/downloads/CRCForestry-CE-FINAL.pdf)


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2520
2004 $2160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5353 01 Jul 2014 02 Jul 2014 04 Jul 2014 10 Jul 2014 In Person N/A

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