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All practitioners who work in local environments (built, natural, social) need at some point to be aware of the strategies and techniques that can be employed to elicit constructive involvement from the public, and to negotiate changes to environments where we live, play, and work. This subject will impart to students the skills involved in encouraging and managing participation. These skills include:
- Community consultation, research and participation
- Negotiation, mediation, consensus-building in complex situations with deep value differences
- Evaluation of community participation processes.
There will be considerable reliance on hands-on exercises based on case studies from around the world. The subject aims to be relevant to urban and social planners, landscape architects, urban designers, architects, property professionals, community developers and environmental activists.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should have:
- Knowledge of community and built environment change processes
- Techniques and skills involved in encouraging and managing participation and consensus-building in the planning and design of changes to our natural, working, and living environments
- Ability to analyse their past and current experiences in built environment processes in light of heightened knowledge and understanding
- Ability to write and discuss clearly and persuasively on topics related to the process of change in the built environment.
- The ability to engage in interdisciplinary work
- Identification of emergent trends in practice
- Critical evaluation of policies and practices
- Understanding of ethical responses to issues
Last updated: 3 November 2022