Credit points: 30

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.


Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMelissa Kennedy

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesWorkshop & Field trips

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completed 120 credit points and subject coordinators approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesApproval by Application

Special conditionsStudents must submit an Expression of Interest form to be considered for this subject. The Subject Coordinator must provide written approval before students can enrol.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

David George Haskell

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorForest Unseen: A Years Watch in Nature



PublisherPenguin, New York.


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Participatory Systems Change: A Primer

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorSimon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

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
02. Design and implement effective community dialogue, engagement and presentation practices
03. Apply adaptive research and communication skills in real-life projects
04. Co-create sustainable place-based solutions that address environmental issues of current and future significance

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Week 04-12, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size25

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMelissa Kennedy

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 4 - 12
Five 8.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 4 to week 12 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Individual Progress Reports (1500 words) Weekly written reflections on learning

N/AReportIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3

Dialogue facilitation and participation (equivalent to 1500) Design, management and facilitation of a dialogue process

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO2, SILO3

Project (2500 words) Project that problem solves a co-created solution

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Project Presentation (equivalent to 2500 words) Individual presentation of project

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO4