Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Dates & Locations:
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Contact Hours: Twelve 1.25-hour seminars plus tutorials.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
|Entry to fourth year or MA
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|Core Participation Requirements:
|For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Simon Batterbury
Phone: 8344 9319
This subject develops the skills to understand and assess the social impacts of development, including international development projects, resource management, and planning proposals. We do this in two ways: by looking at how to assess the impacts of proposed projects, and through evaluation techniques for existing developments. In each case we develop practical skills and interdisciplinary techniques to appraise and evaluate impacts. These techniques draw from anthropology, development studies, and the policy sciences, and move beyond simple summative assessments and financial accounting. We consider the social and environmental contexts in which any form of appraisal is embedded, and the capacities of different actors (from the state to NGOs and community groups) to avert or mitigate negative impacts through learning, negotiation, and citizen participation. Examples, some presented by guest speakers, are drawn from Australia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. At the completion of the subject students will have developed the conceptual skills to understand the impacts of development; be familiar with the range of methodologies and techniques used in impact assessment studies; and will be able to apply this in critical evaluation of the impact of projects and programmes.
Fourth year students: An essay of 3000 words 70 per cent, and a project report 2000 words 30 per cent. Masters students: An essay of 4000 words 70 per cent and a project report of 2000 words 30 per cent.
|The LMS system will be used for all readings. See also the journals 'Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal', and 'Development in Practice'.
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Environment
Master of Environment
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Master of Science (Geography)
Master of Social Policy
Master of Urban Planning
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment
Conservation, Restoration and Landscape Management
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Governance, Policy and Communication
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
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