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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with an understanding of different approaches to consultation and collaboration with stakeholders including local communities, private and public organisations. Students gain an understanding of principles, methods and tools for better collaboration with communities including Indigenous and cross-cultural groups, conflict management, knowledge systems, and science communication. Lessons from real-life case-studies in water planning are shared by a range of experts in the field, with time for in-depth workshops. Key topics included are rationale and terminology for various participatory research approaches, including action research and social learning, community engagement and organisational collaboration and some key evaluation methodologies.

6 points

Students are able to (1) explain the theoretical underpinnings of community-based participatory research, community engagement, community participation and organisational collaboration, and its applicability to water resources; (2) critique different participatory frameworks and assess when and why these need to be used in water and catchment management planning; (3) demonstrate an understanding of cross-cultural and specifically Australian Indigenous engagement issues as related to water planning and management; (4) employ a range of analytical frameworks for understanding the links between water and local community values and ideas; (5) explain and have a critical appreciation of knowledge systems, conflict resolution, negotiation and power relations and their links to water and catchment planning; (6) demonstrate an understanding of their own ability to implement participatory processes; and (7) participate successfully in individual projects on designing and implementing participatory approaches for integrated water planning.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an essay (25 per cent); (2) participation (10 per cent); (3) a diary (15 per cent); and (4) a group project (50 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Barbara Cook
Unit rules
ENVT4471 Project Management
and ENVT4472 Science of Water
ENVT5572 Water Planning and Economics
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.