- Code ENVS6021
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
This is an intensive course offered on an annual basis. The course will be delivered from 2-12 July 2019.
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.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
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:
- Critically analyse the different approaches commonly used in participatory resource management, and the advantages and disadvantages of these different approaches (LO1)
- Synthesise and apply the principles and theories underpinning different approaches to participatory resource management in consideration of cultural context and PRM objectives (LO2)
- Employ informed methods for the design and implementation of PRM processes. Specifically (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)
- Critically review literature and ‘real life' examples of participatory processes and conflict resolution in NRM (LO4)
- Apply reflexive practices to adequately identify personal and social characteristics and their influence on PRM practice (LO5)
Other InformationAs required please contact the Fenner School of Environment & Society at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
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%; LO1-5)
- Practical facilitation, requiring design and facilitation of one workshop component or sub-group (15-25%; LO3a, 3b, 5)
- Group work and presentation designing a PRM process for a given situation (10-20%; LO1-3)
- Research essay on a given topic or self-selected topic, drawing on PRM theory from both lectures and readings (20-40%; LO1-4)
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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
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:
- DSE community engagement handbooks: http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/effective-engagement
- World bank participation sourcebook http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/1996/02/01/000009265_3961214175537/Rendered/PDF/multi_page.pdf
- Strategy tools for community engagement http://www.community-problem-solving.net/
basic appreciation of social science study methods and/or group work
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