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Resilient Regions: People and Practice (SUS611)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: SUM-internal (quota of 120 places), SUM-external
Description This unit showcases sustainability in practice at a regional scale. It is immersive, interactive and practical. It includes on campus teaching sessions, followed by 3 half-days of field trips and case studies. Students will be required to choose between the locations of Fremantle and the Eastern Metropolitan region. The field trips and case studies will cover: resilience; bioregionalism; sense of place; sustainable technologies; eco-entrepreneurism; and sustainable agriculture. There may be extra cost for this unit to cover bus transport.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
ULO 1 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal concepts and theories of resilience thinking, bioregionalism and their application to sustainability at a regional level;
ULO 2 Analyse sustainability and resilience challenges and solutions at a local and regional level.
ULO 3 Apply inter-disciplinary perspectives in designing creative solutions to sustainability problems;
ULO 4 Work both independently and collaboratively in a respectful manner with a range of people
ULO 5 Undertake independent self-directed field work
ULO 6 Communicate effectively both orally and in writing appropriate to a range of audiences and types of documents.

Timetabled Learning Activities Introductory sessions on campus in early December. In the second week of December, 3 half days of case studies and field trips in Fremantle or the Eastern Metropolitan region.
Unit Learning Experiences For internal students the approach to learning is the unit is immersive and experiential, through both on campus sessions and the case studies and field trips. Students will be required to take a proactive and inquiring approach to learning in this unit, as the structure is unconventional. Learning in the unit will be based on a small number of core theoretical readings which will inform and underpin the field trips and visits.
Assessment Reflective Journal - Part 1 - 30%
Reflective Journal - Part 2 - 30% (internal students only)
Online discussion - 30% (external students only)
Field Trip Report - 40%
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed STP611 Resilient Regions: People and Practice may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Students are responsible for some additional costs associated with the residence and associated field trips. Contact the Unit Coordinator for further details.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. A quota applies to this unit because it is a field trip based unit, with a constraint on the number of students who can be transported
Previously 2013: STP611
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Master of Business Administration (Global) (MBA(Global))
Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Master of Environmental Science (MEnvSc)
Master of Food Security
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Ms Nicole Hodgson

e: N.Hodgson@murdoch.edu.au
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Ms Nicole Hodgson

e: N.Hodgson@murdoch.edu.au
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