|Year of offer||2018|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject is a multi-disciplinary and inter-cultural investigation of social infra-structural needs for socially sustainable communities. Field trips will be an integral part of the subject. The subject provides an opportunity to explore culture, people and places by addressing complex real-life problems in unfamiliar social and cultural settings. An integrated teaching/research approach is adopted building on faculty expertise including:
- Chris Heywood – management and governance
- Dominique Hes – sustainability
- Ajibade Aibinu – cost planning
- Clare Newton – material/design nexus
- Anna Hurlimann – environmental management
- Clare Mouat - planning
- Lindy Joubert – inter-cultural communication.
External experts will also contribute landscape and cultural knowledge to the subject.
Students will provide design solutions for a multi-disciplinary project.
The subject provides Knowledge Transfer and inter-cultural education through collaboration with local experts, local communities, local universities and non-governmental organisations. The subject promotes students’ analytical and research skills, design skills, ability to engage with the local communities and will expose students to social, cultural, ethical, psycho-social, environmental, policy, management, construction, economically viable and design issues.
The subject is aligned with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program, the University of Melbourne’s Certificate of Global Communication and Leadership and the UNESCO Observatory for Multi-disciplinary Research in the Arts.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject provides a platform to make a positive difference to local economies that satisfies students' growing need for social and global responsibility by way of projects in unfamiliar settings.
The subject aims to:
- Facilitate students’ abilities to identify and critically engage with problems faced by rural and/or urban communities.
- Evaluate the cultural, social, ethical, psycho-social, policy, and environmental contexts for social infrastructure needs.
- Collaboratively create proposals for sustainable construction and economic design; management forms that reflect local culture; heritage and cultural issues to improve community sustainability and wellbeing.
Through participation in this subject students will be expected to have developed the following generic skills:
- High-level, multidisciplinary, collaborative skills.
- Valuing and working in different cultural contexts.
- Initiate and implement constructive change in communities.
Eligibility and requirements
Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.
Recommended background knowledge
It is expected that students commencing this subject will come from a variety of knowledge areas that will inform their participation in this subject. At least, any of the following could apply:
- Property management
- Policy creation
- Environmental management
- Cultural and heritage management
- Urban Planning
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- One major group assignment equivalent to 3000 words per student (60%) (including a number of staged submissions) and;
- One individual assignment equivalent to 2000 words (40%).
Assignments to be presented,and submitted in week 12.
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Lindy Joubert Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 36 hours (one 3 hour seminar per week) Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018 Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018 Census date 31 August 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 21 September 2018 Assessment period ends 16 November 2018
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
- Related Handbook entries
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.