GEOG 5005 - Community Engagement
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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: Associate 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 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 timely manner 3 Develop ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions to governance problems that require community engagement 4 By use of role model examples, demonstrate how community engagement can perform leadership functions within community5 5 Develop appreciation of cross cultural contexts and nuances/implications of community engagement
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
4, 5, 6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2, 3, 5 , 7, 8, Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
3, 4, 5
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 3-hour block activity. 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.
1 x 3-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 36 hours per semester 8 hours reading per week 96 hours per semester 10 hours assignment preparation per week 120 hours per semester 5 hours research per week 60 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
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
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThis course relies on small group discovery activities based around community engagement case studies
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome 1. Seminar attendance and participation Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 2. Essay Formative and Summative 30% 1,2, 3. Evaluation of existing community engagement strategy Formative and Summative 35% 2, 3, 4, 5 4. Group verbal presentation Formative and Summative 25% 1, 6, 7, 8
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must attend all sessions.
Assessment DetailSeminar attendance and participation
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.
Evaluation of an existing community engagement strategy
Detail on this assessment will be provided. The assignment requires you to work in pairs.
Group verbal presentation
In your group presentation, you must present how you would construct a community engagement campaign, based on scenarios given.
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.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
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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