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In this interdisciplinary subject, a range of ideas and theories from the social sciences are applied to situations in which members of the community are involved in natural resource management. Subject teaching includes lectures, group exercises and case studies, including a one day field trip. The subject is presented under nine main headings:
- philosophy and evolution of participation and community management;
- models of community management of forests and other natural resources - overseas and in Australia;
- understanding communities and stakeholders;
- issues of power and knowledge in community management;
- policy and institutional issues in community management;
- process and techniques in participatory enquiry, planning and management;
- issues in Koori community resource management;
- forms of evaluation in community management programs; and
- conflict management.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Discuss different theories and models that underpin community participation in the management of land and natural resources;
- Analyse stakeholders and profile communities.
- Critically analyse the broader policy environment and its effect on community management of land and natural resources;
- Analyse a wide range of factors that affect community management programs, including power and knowledge related issues;
- Apply techniques that help in managing community based programs, including group facilitation and conflict management;
- Select appropriate forms of evaluation for community management programs.
Students will develop skills in:
- practical aspects of public and stakeholder engagement;
- interdisciplinary thinking through the application of theory in the social sciences to complex issues;
- research, critical analysis and critical reflection through class exercises and assessment.
Last updated: 2 December 2019