• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Human Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Katherine Daniell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2018
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This is an intensive course offered on an annual basis. The course will be delivered from 3-13 July 2018.

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, much of which is based on group-work, 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Explain the different approaches commonly used in participatory resource management, and the advantages and disadvantages of these different approaches.
  2. Explain the principles and theories underpinning different approaches to participatory resource management.
  3. Employ informed methods for the design and implementation of PRM processes. Specifically (a) conduct group facilitation and explain group behaviour, (b) effectively design participatory processes for different management and cultural situations, and (c) monitor and evaluate the success of participatory processes.
  4. Critically review literature and ‘real life' examples of participatory processes and conflict resolution in NRM.

    Other Information

    You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment & Society at fses.coursework.enquiries@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

    Indicative Assessment

    Assessment will be based on an individual student-negotiated weighting across the following:
    • Course reflection journal and participation, requiring critical evaluation of and engagement with course content and practical participatory exercises. This will include short reflections on a number of pre-set analytical questions (15-30%: LO1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Practical facilitation, requiring design and facilitation of one workshop component or sub-group (15-25%; LO3a, 3b)
    • Group work and presentation designing a PRM process for a given situation (10-20%; LO1, 2, 3)
    • Research essay on a given topic or self-selected topic, drawing on PRM theory from both lectures and readings    (25-40%; LO1, 2, 3, 4)

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    Intensive course run 3-13 July 2018. Typical contact hours are from 9am-5pm (weekend and lunch-breaks excluded). Moderate levels of out of class time during and after the two weeks will be required for practical pre-reading, preparing written assessment pieces and group work. Attendance at practical sessions is compulsory

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must have completed 48 units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS6021.

    Preliminary Reading

    While not essential, the following background reading is suggested:

    • Explore the International Association for Public Participation website: http://www.iap2.org/, particularly the ‘practitioner tools’ section

    Read through one or more of the following toolkits/sourcebooks online:

    Assumed Knowledge

    A basic appreciation of social science study methods and/or group work experience




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    Student Contribution Band:
    Unit value:
    6 units

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    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2018 $3660
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2018 $5160
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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
    6305 03 Jul 2018 13 Jul 2018 13 Jul 2018 15 Aug 2018 In Person N/A

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