• 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, Human Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kathryn Andrews
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Spring Session 2020
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This course includes on campus activities between 23 Nov - 4 Dec. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.

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:

  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

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will be based on an individual student-negotiated weighting across the following: (null) [LO null]
  2. 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 (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Practical facilitation, requiring design and facilitation of one workshop component or sub-group (20) [LO 3]
  4. Group work and presentation designing a PRM process for a given situation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Research essay on a given topic or self-selected topic, drawing on PRM theory from both lectures and readings (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours delivered intensively over 9 week days including:

  • Face-to face component from 9:00-17:00 comprising lectures, practicals and field excursions.
  • Approximately 67 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions. Attendance at practical sessions is compulsory.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

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.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.

Assumed Knowledge

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




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9625 23 Nov 2020 24 Nov 2020 27 Nov 2020 18 Dec 2020 In Person N/A
9650 16 Nov 2020 24 Nov 2020 04 Dec 2020 15 Jan 2021 In Person N/A

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