Participation and Negotiation

Subject ABPL90009 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 20-Jul-2015 to 24-Jul-2015
Assessment Period End 05-Oct-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 21-Jul-2015
Census Date 07-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 11-Sep-2015

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 30-Nov-2015 to 04-Dec-2015
Assessment Period End 29-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 01-Dec-2015
Census Date 18-Dec-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 29-Jan-2016

This subject has quota of 50.
Students will be selected into the subject as they self-enrol during the timely re-enrolment period. If the enrolment quota is exceeded, Master of Urban Planning students will be given preference. Any students enrolling after the quota has been reached will be withdrawn from the subject and advised of the alternative subjects available.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Check timetable
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Andrea Cook, Prof Carolyn Whitzman


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

All practitioners who work in local environments (built, natural, social) need at some point to be aware of the strategies and techniques that can be employed to elicit constructive involvement from the public, and to negotiate changes to environments where we live, play, and work. This subject will impart to students the skills involved in encouraging and managing participation. These skills include:

  • Community consultation, research and participation
  • Negotiation, mediation, consensus-building in complex situations with deep value differences
  • Evaluation of community participation processes.

There will be considerable reliance on hands-on exercises based on case studies from around the world. The subject aims to be relevant to urban and social planners, landscape architects, urban designers, architects, property professionals, community developers and environmental activists.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should have

  • Knowledge of community and built environment change processes
  • Techniques and skills involved in encouraging and managing participation and consensus-building in the planning and design of changes to our natural, working, and living environments
  • Ability to analyse their past and current experiences in built environment processes in light of heightened knowledge and understanding
  • Ability to write and discuss clearly and persuasively on topics related to the process of change in the built environment.
  1. Three mini-essays relating to class discussion with readings (250 words and 5% each), due in class the day after the appropriate lecture/discussion, 750 words, 15%, due during intensive.
  2. Four in-class group exercises (5% each, 5 minute group presentations), 1000 words, 20%, due during intensive.
  3. Group presentation (10 minutes), 750 words, 15%, during final teaching day of intensive.
  4. Final essay, 2500 words, 50%, due 2 months after class ends.
Prescribed Texts:

Readings on LMS

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • The ability to engage in interdisciplinary work
  • Identification of emergent trends in practice
  • Critical evaluation of policies and practices
  • Understanding of ethical responses to issues
Links to further information:

Related Course(s): Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Landscape Architecture
300 point Master of Landscape Architecture
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Governance, Policy and Communication
Governance, Policy and Communication
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Sustainable Forests
Sustainable Forests
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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