GEOG3011 Special unit: Sustainable Community Development Practicum

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective
Content
The practicum will involve students with science and social science backgrounds in community projects that explore questions related to local livelihoods, conditions enabling environmental and social resilience, and the role of government and non-government organization programs that are intended to engage local participation in recovery responses to natural resource decline.
Students will be involved in two NGO projects in the village of Les, north Bali, where programs in sustainable aquaculture and coral reef restoration are well established. Both projects work with local community groups in livelihood, conservation and habitat enhancement programs. Students will be able to observe and participate in training, environmental restoration and community development activities of the two projects for a period of 4 weeks after completing a two-week orientation involving language study and cultural and socio-economic background lectures at Udayana University.
Objectives
Through taking this practicum, students will:
Be aware of how organisations work with communities to deliver sustainable development initiatives
Gain experience in identifying knowledge and other gaps within these organisations and identifying strategies to address these
Work with appropriate individuals to assist in delivering organisational objectives
Critically reflect on the roles of individuals and organisations involved in delivering sustainable development objectives
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) be aware of how organisations work with communities to deliver sustainable development initiatives; (2) work with appropriate individuals to assist in delivering organisational objectives; (3) identify knowledge and other gaps within these organisations and identifying strategies to address these; and (4) critically reflect on the roles of individuals and organisations involved in delivering sustainable development objectives.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) field diary (approx 100 words per day); and (2) practicum report (2000 words). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Julian Clifton
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Completion of 48 points at time of application and enrolment in a major in Agriculuture, Botany, Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, Geology, Geographical Sciences, Human Geography and Planning and Natural Resource Management.
Approved quota: 4—a general call was distributed to students across the Faculties of Arts and Science in 2016. The email included details of the nature of the placement, the location and the duration. Students were invited to submit an EOI detailing their relevant experience with reference to these areas of work. Applicants were considered with reference to their relevant experience and academic performance. A shortlist was drawn up and consultation between Dr Clifton and Professor Warren (Murdoch - co-applicant in NCP award) was held. Shortlisted students were interviewed either in person or via phone prior to a final decision being made.
Contact hours
Seminars: 2hrs per week for 5 weeks and field trip
Note
This unit is only available for students who have successfully applied for New Colombo Plan scholarship support.
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