GEOG 5005 - Community Engagement
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5005 Course Community Engagement Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Incompatible GEST 5005 Course Description In recent years, community engagement has become a central dimension of governance as well as policy development and service delivery. However efforts to directly involve citizens in policy processes have been bedevilled by crude understandings of the issues involved, and by poor selection of techniques for engaging citizens. This course will provide a critical interrogation of the central conceptual issues as well as an examination of how to design a program of effective community engagement. This course begins by asking: Why involve citizens in planning and policymaking? This leads to an examination of the politics of planning, conceptualisations of "community" and, to the tension between local and professional knowledge in policy making. This course will also analyse different types of citizen engagement and examine how to design a program of public participation for policy making. Approaches to evaluating community engagement programs will also be a component of the course.
Course Coordinator: Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Develop knowledge and understanding of content and techniques of community engagement at local to international levels 2 Locate, analyse and synthesise information about the diversity of community engagement approaches in a planned and timelymanner 3 Develop ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions to governance problems that require community engagement 4 Via problem solving and critical thinking exercises using community engagement case studies, develop teamwork and interpersonal skills 5 Critically evaluate the efficacy of virtual means of delivering or developing community engagement strategies 6 Encourage via independent learning exercises, development of skills that will enhance the fulfilment of ongoing and continuous learning and intellectual curiosity 7 By use of role model examples, demonstrate how community engagement can perform leadership functions within community 8 Develop understanding of cross cultural contexts and nuances/implications of community engagement
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8
Required ResourcesStudents are not required to read any particular core text. However, it is expected that readings provided will be read prior to class, and that students will undertake their own research and reading as relevant to course themes.
Recommended ResourcesA number of readings will be provided in the first week and students are recommended to access and read at least one of these in each theme folder provided.
Online LearningStudents will be able to access readings, course materials on MYUNI. I use the MYUNI as a key medium for sending messages to students so it is a good idea to check it regularly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe teaching and learning mode for this course will be delivered via one block activity, Fridays 9 – 12. This period will be divided up into (i) information delivery, and (ii) group work/interaction and tasks.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The expected commitment for this course is 3 hours face to face and 3 – 4 hours study per week.
Learning Activities SummaryThe semester schedule is as follows:
Schedule Week Community Engagement Notes Week 1 Course overview and community engagement? Week 2 What is community? Week 3 Methods of public participation Week 4 NO CLASS DUE TO EASTER - ASSESSMENT WEEK Week 5 Methods of public participation Week 6 Case study 1: The Murray
Case study 2: MPAs
Mid-Semester Break Week 7 Case Study 3: Indigenous Week 8 Case study 4: Risk Week 9 Case study 5: Communicating climate change to Environmental Managers Week 10 Case study 6: International examples of community engagement Week 11 Verbal presentation preparation week – no class Week 12 Verbal group presentations
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Item Weight Due Ongoing seminar activities and attendance 10% Ongoing essay 30% Evaluation of Community engagement strategy 30% Group verbal presentation: A Community Engagement strategy 30%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must attend all sessions.
Assessment DetailTask 1: Seminar exercises and activities, includes participation and attendance
Due date: Ongoing
Task 2: Using the literature and case studies to justify your points, write an essay that critically reflects on what community means and its implications for community engagement.
Due date: Friday 29th March
Task 3: Evaluation of an existing community engagement strategy. Detail on this assessment will be provided in week 4, and part of session 4 dedicated to discussion on the assignment. The assignment requires you to work in pairs.
Due date: Friday 10th May
Task 4: Verbal (group) presentation. In your group presentation, you must present how you would construct a community engagement campaign, based on scenarios given
Due date: Presentations will be delivered in the last week (or two depending on numbers) of the semester.
SubmissionStudents may submit their work in hard copy to the coordinator’s, via the School Office. Students may email their assignment as well but a hard copy needs to be submitted first.
Students who do not request an extension will forfeit assessment marks at 10% for every three days it is late.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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