GEOG5004 Place-based and Participatory Development

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Petra Tschakert
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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