CITY STUDIO AND ENVIRONMENTAL DIALOGUE

OED3CSE

2020

Credit points: 30

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

City Studio is an internationally developed model that takes students outside the classroom and into workplaces and the community. In this subject, students will work in interdisciplinary groups to problem solve and co-create solutions to a key sustainability question, challenge or opportunity facing the community. Under the teaching and mentoring of academic, practitioner and community experts, students will work together to refine the project and develop solutions by applying knowledge and skills in environmental studies, place-based research, dialogue, design and project management. Project findings will be showcased to local Council, community and other partners.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMarcus Morse

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completed 120 credit points subject coordinators approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This is a select entry subject. Students must submit an Expression of Interest form to be considered for this subject. The Subject Coordinator must provide written approval before students can enroll.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsParticipatory Systems Change: A PrimerRecommended Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue (2017)NA
ReadingsDavid George Haskell (2012)RecommendedForest Unseen: A Years Watch in NaturePenguin, New York.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Research the natural, built, cultural and social constructions of place and the role this plays in shaping sustainability solutions by applying your experiential understanding of place

Activities:
Workshop & Field trips
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

02. Design and implement effective community dialogue, engagement and presentation practices

Activities:
Workshop & Field trips
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)

03. Apply adaptive research and communication skills in real-life projects

Activities:
Workshop & Field trips
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

04. Co-create sustainable place-based solutions that address environmental issues of current and future significance

Activities:
Workshop & Field trips
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Week 25-32, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size20

Enrolment information Industry based subject - restricted numbers This will be managed by the subject coordinator via the application process

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarcus Morse

Class requirements

Industry Based Learning-Off Site Week: 26 - 30
Twenty five 7.0 hours industry based learning-off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 26 to week 30 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Progress Reports (1500 words)Weekly written reflections on learning20 01, 03
Dialogue facilitation and participation (equivalent to 1500)Design, management and facilitation of a dialogue process20 02, 03
Project (2500 words)Project that problem solves a co-created solution30 01, 03, 04
Project Presentation (equivalent to 2500 words)Individual presentation of project30 02, 04