GEOG 2159 - Coasts, Conflict and Community Development

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

Conflict is at the core of most environmental management, particularly the coasts which are predicted globally to be hardest hit by environmental challenges such as urbanisation and climate change, How can communities adapt to and respond to these changes and how can professionals develop skills to resolve and use conflict creatively? This course builds skills in conflict management, and take students through key coastal management challenges in community development contexts. The course provides an overview of various coastal processes, key factors affecting conflict, and will focus on real life examples of conflict in coastal zones, and ways to manage them. The course will end by discussing in real life scenarios how the relationships between conflict and community development affects environmental sustainability and decision making.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 2159
    Course Coasts, Conflict and Community Development
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Assumed Knowledge Basic environmental awareness will be assumed
    Course Description Conflict is at the core of most environmental management, particularly the coasts which are predicted globally to be hardest hit by environmental challenges such as urbanisation and climate change, How can communities adapt to and respond to these changes and how can professionals develop skills to resolve and use conflict creatively? This course builds skills in conflict management, and take students through key coastal management challenges in community development contexts. The course provides an overview of various coastal processes, key factors affecting conflict, and will focus on real life examples of conflict in coastal zones, and ways to manage them. The course will end by discussing in real life scenarios how the relationships between conflict and community development affects environmental sustainability and decision making.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:


    1. Demonstrate understanding of the links between conflict, coastal management and community development


    2. Demonstrate capacity to analyse and develop strategies to resolve conflict


    3. Develop communication skills in the area of coastal management and community development


    4. Demonstrated ability to work in a small group via participation in relevant discussion on coastal conflict situations and issues presented in tutorial groups either in writing or audio visually

     
    5. Demonstrate capacity to analyse different cultural contexts and how they may affect management


    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, 4, 5,
    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
    1, 2
    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
    1, 2, 3, 4
    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, 4, 5
    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, 5
    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
    2, 3, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Harvey, N and Caton B (2012) Coastal Management in Australia, Oxford University press



    Cicin – Sain , B and Knecht, R (1998) Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management Concepts and Practices, island press, Washington
    Recommended Resources
    Resources will be uploaded to Canvas and students are expected to research and access their own articles.
    Good jurnals include: Ocean and Coastal Management, Journal of Coastal Research and Marine Policy
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The learning mode for this course is small group and independent applied learning. Students will be asked to workshop in groups a major project which covers all the learning outcomes of the course but also enables them to trial and practice real life work skills, thus enhanicng work readiness. Studetns will then produce thier own individual project reports.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Attend a three hour workshop for 6 weeks
    1 - 3 hours reading/prpe a week
    Attend one workshop
    Access 3 online lecture sessions
    Learning Activities Summary

     
    The Course will be run as a series of workshops around the them of how to manage conflict, community engagement, and coastal management

    1: Introduction: scoping the case studies

    2: What is conflict
     
    3: Community Development

    4: Coastal Management

    5: Bringing it all together – global examples

    6:Field trip

    7. Skills development – identifying conflict

    8:Skills development – resolving conflict
     
    9: Cultural Comparisons
     
    10: Conflict and managing for coastal climate change
      
    11: Summary

    Specific Course Requirements
    None
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course will have a number of small group discovery exrecses that are deisgned to get studetns ot build aplied work skills that will enhance work readiness and capacity for independent learning and research. Activities wil be linked ot assesment, so that studetns doing smal group work wi find that it helps them do better assessments by sharing their knowledge - and workload.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary


    ASSESSMENT TASK                           TASK TYPE                       WEIGHTING                                     COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)


    1 essay                                             Summative                           30%                                             1, 2, 3, 4, 5

     
    Workshop participation                         Formative and                     10%                                             1, 2, 4
                                                              summative
     
     
    Verbal (group) presentation                  Summative                         20%                                              1, 2, 3

     
    Strategy and Portfolio                          Summative                          40%                                               1 - 5


    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    This course has been amended based on previous studetn feedback to include more focus on community aspects and to focus on developing student skills that will be relevant in the workplace.
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