Participatory Sustainability

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

Offered by Curtin University through Open Universities Australia, Participatory Sustainability is an online unit that equips students with practical skills to carry out deliberative democracy processes.

Focusing on implementing deliberative democracy as a supplement to representative democracy in order to achieve positive sustainability outcomes, you will undertake collaborative tasks in order to understand the tension between social, cultural, economic and environmental goals by leading, organising, facilitating and participating in a deliberative engagement of community members.

You will explore theoretical concepts and gain skills in deliberative democracy techniques, such as citizens' jury, deliberative poll or survey, and 21st Century town meeting or dialogue.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy
  • Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy
  • Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy

Areas of study

In this Participatory Sustainability unit, the topics you will study include:

  • What is deliberative democracy?
  • How can deliberative democracy foster sustainability?
  • Changing power dynamics
  • Framing the issues
  • Maximising representativeness to achieve cognitive diversity
  • Maximising deliberativeness to achieve an informed, considered outcome
  • How to influence policy development and decision making
  • Evaluating deliberative processes
  • Institutionalising deliberative democracy

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy,?Curtin University
  • Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy,?Curtin University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy,?Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit teaches students the critical skills required to design and implement effective deliberative democracy processes, with the intention to achieve positive sustainability outcomes.

Students learn to resolve sustainability issues from the local to the global scale; evaluate how deliberative democracy can be used to enhance sustainability; design a deliberative process that applies the principles of deliberative democracy; and design and evaluate a public deliberation.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Participatory Sustainability from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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