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Facilities for Social Sustainability (ABPL90303)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90303
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


Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.



Non-allowed subjects


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

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 coordinatorLindy Joubert
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours (one 3 hour seminar per week)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 16 June 2018