Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to place-based and participatory approaches and tools for development at the local and regional (sub-national) scales. The unit takes a 'hands-on' approach, and allows students to develop skills which are useful not only in development but also in many other types of work in the public policy, private and voluntary sectors. The central themes covered include techniques for place-based assessments, project design, stakeholder and power analysis, participatory engagement, and monitoring and evaluation. Specific techniques covered include participatory appraisals and the logical framework approach as well as a suite of other participatory methods.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of a range of key place-based tools and approaches used to identify, design and evaluate development programs; (2) critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of participatory tools and place-based approaches; and (3) design a place-based development strategy based on a real-world example.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar presentation (participatory tool); (2) critical reading & writing, based on reading and reflection logs and one essay; and (3) individual place-based project, comprising a place description and a project presentation. 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 Linda Robson
Contact hours
lectures/in-class workshops: 2 x 2 hours per week (for 9 weeks)
reading/researching/writing: 10 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.