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15145 Development Negotiation and Community Engagement

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: School of the Built Environment
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject develops the communicative skills and understanding needed by planners in managing urban development. It provides an introduction to community participation techniques, negotiation skills and conflict resolution techniques. It develops understanding of the perspectives of developers and other stakeholders in urban development. It introduces the role of ethics in the way planners address development proposals and developer demands.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Develop effective written communication strategies
2. Explain social, political, economic and cultural conflicts in urban development and apply conflict negotiation strategies effectively
3. Develop a reflexive critical understanding of oneís own perspective in conflicts
4. Critically analyse the plannerís ethical responsibility to meet the needs of current and future residents
5. Explain how planning has evolved in response to political forces
6. Apply negotiation strategies to resolve conflicts in urban development
7. Identify the roles of different levels of government in developing urban plans and policies
8. Apply case study research methods to analyse negotiated outcomes to real-world development problems
9. Develop a coherent evaluation of development negotiation problems and outcomes based on evidence

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Enable reflective practice on one's personal views and values and interpret how they might affect one's professional judgement (A.1)
  • Demonstrate ethical responsibilities of professional planners and critically evaluate the ethical implications of complex problems (A.2)
  • Communicate with people with a wide variety of cultural, social, economic, and political perspectives using verbal, written, and visual media (C.2)
  • Determine sources of conflict and apply conflict negotiation strategies appropriately (C.3)
  • Articulate how and why the role of planning has evolved in response to new social, cultural, economic, and political forces (P.2)
  • Determine the legal and policy context within which planning occurs, the nature of land rights and claims of Indigenous peoples in Australian cities, and the role of various levels and agencies of government (P.6)
  • Develop coherent and logically structured arguments that use evidence appropriately (R.5)

Teaching and learning strategies

Delivery is two block sessions. Face-to-face classes will incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies including standard lectures, videos, case studies, and short class exercises. Students are encouraged to engage in active discussions on the different topics posed in class, and to collaborate in in-class activities.These will be complemented by self-directed student learning via subject readers guided by discussion points / questions.

Before the teaching blocks, students will be advised of the required texts and videos they have to read and watch before the blocks, to incorporate their lessons in collaborative small group in-class discussions and in the development of the assignments.

Content (topics)

This subject covers the context of, and techniques for, negotiation between developers, planners and the community and other stakeholders to achieve development approval. An introductory overview of urban politics and the role of different stakeholders and institutions is set out. This leads to consideration of stakeholder mapping and analysis. Community participation techniques are considered, viewing such participation as a basic condition for acceptable development. Specific planning and developer skills needed in negotiation, including communication skills, and understanding of objectives of the other party, and micro-physical influences on negotiation outcomes, are set out. Development conflict resolution techniques are explained. Case studies illustrating important aspects of development negotiation are given. The nature and application of ethics in planning and development is outlined and illustrated by case studies.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Essay: Evaluation of the UFM and other digital/visualisation techniques

Intent:

This task asks you to evaluate the Urban Feasibility Model (developed by the Department of Planning and Environment) and other digital/visualisation techniques as a negotiation tools. The assessment gives you the opportunity to explore the tensions between State control and local autonomy.

In negotiating local development outcomes in the context of regional and sub-regional growth imperatives, and the responses of the different levels of government and the negotiation tools employed to reach agreements. In particular, you are to evaluate the potential of the NSW Government’s Urban Feasibility Model as a negotiation tool to mediate these tensions.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 9

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.1, C.2, P.2 and R.5

Type: Essay
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Length:

2,000 words (excluding references, appendices or tables)

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Ability to integrate material from class presentations and discussion, and your own reading, into a logical argument 30 3 A.1
Understand the context of development and the factors which influence negotiation around development decisions 30 2 P.2
Use evidence to support evaluation conclusions 20 9 R.5
Clear, professional quality of writing and referencing 20 1 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Group negotiation and presentation

Intent:

This is an opportunity for you to “get to grips” with a practical example of development negotiation and apply the theoretical approaches which you have been taught in class (including the lecture on negotiation ethics and conflict resolution). You will be assessed on your ability to satisfactorily apply the theory which you have learnt and negotiate an outcome in a group situation which is feasible, sustainable and fair for all involved. You will also be assessed on your reflections on the “pro’s and con’s” of the negotiation experience.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3, 4, 6 and 9

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.1, A.2, C.2, C.3 and R.5

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 30%
Length:

Part 1: group presentation - 15 minutes per group

Part 2: individual written reflection - 500 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Quality of the groupís presentation, particularly in regard to structure, clarity and fluency (TEAM - PART 1) 15 1 C.2
Demonstrated capacity to effectively negotiate in a group and achieve fair and equitable outcomes (TEAM - PART 1) 20 4 A.2
Demonstrated ability to analyse the negotiation process and outcomes achieved in a balanced and objective manner (INDIVIDUAL - PART 2) 25 9 R.5
Evidence of in-depth understanding of negotiation techniques applied (INDIVIDUAL - PART 2) 25 6 C.3
Ability to effectively engage with a negotiation process and to understand and articulate your role (INDIVIDUAL - PART 2) 15 3 A.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Report: Development of a negotiation strategy

Intent:

This is an opportunity to demonstrate your in-depth understanding of the issues which influence development negotiation through preparation of a negotiation strategy for a major, controversial and long-term project. During the teaching blocks, you will be supplied with a case study, which will be used for the development of this assignment.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 5, 7, 8 and 9

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2, P.2, P.6 and R.5

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Length:

2,000 words (excluding references, appendices and tables)

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Depth of understanding of issues affecting the development negotiation 25 5 P.2
Understanding of negotiation techniques and approaches 20 7 P.6
Use of evidence to support argument and conclusions 20 9 R.5
Clear and professional quality of writing, referencing, and presentation of other information 15 1 C.2
Appropriate use of and understanding of the provided case study 20 8 R.5
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

Students must obtain a total mark of at least 50 per cent to pass the subject. A minimum of 80 per cent attendance at timetabled classes is compulsory for this subject.

Required texts

  • Griffith, G. (2015). The Greater Sydney Commission. eBrief 20/2015. New Parliamentary Research Service. (located in the Subject Documents section on UTS Online)

Recommended texts

Recommended texts will be indicated via announcements or in class.

Other related texts to the subject are found in the following link: https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/search.html?q=15145 (also located in the Subject Documents section on UTS Online)