GEPL570 Place-making for People and the Environment

Updated: 18 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award or permission of head of school
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL370 or GEPL470
Notes None
Combined Units GEPL370 - Place-making for People and the Environment
Coordinator(s) Robyn Bartel (
Unit Description

What sorts of places should we be making, and how? Places that are sustainable? Affordable? Inclusive? What determines what we think are desirable places? This unit provides an applied and expansive exploration of place-making practices and the way power is exercised by places as well as by people. You will examine issues such as social inclusion, place attachment, globalisation, environmental sustainability and Indigenous place relationships. You will explore how people understand the world, and how this influences place-making practices. You will encounter your own place connections and the consequences for place-making. Your learning will be supported by structured group discussion, unit readings, assignment work and online media.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts regarding the relationship between humans and places, including issues such as belonging, exile and dispossession, inclusion and exclusion, globalization, sustainability and Indigenous relationships to place, of the way power may be exercised and the influences on human behaviour in relation to place and place usage, including the effects of perception, norms and culture, and different approaches to thinking about and making decisions about places, including decisions about land use and land use change;
  2. demonstrate a critical and self-aware understanding of the personal impact of place connections as well as the potential impacts on place of people?s connections to place;
  3. demonstrate an advanced ability to analyze personal place connections and the consequences of these for place management;
  4. demonstrate advanced problem solving abilities, analytical capacities and research, report writing, group participation, communication and critical thinking skills; and
  5. demonstrate an enduring curiosity and high capacity for continuing engagement in the field.