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Facilities for Social Sustainability (ABPL90303)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90303
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
FeesSubject 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.

Generic skills

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

Prerequisites

Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

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:

  • Design
  • Construction
  • Property management
  • Policy creation
  • Environmental management
  • Cultural and heritage management
  • Urban Planning

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Assessment

  • 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 coordinatorLindy Joubert
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours (one 3 hour seminar per week)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Prescribed texts

None specified

Last updated: 29 April 2017