The subject is based in Urban and Rural and Environmental Planning, and it is called Negotiation, Mediation and Consultation (code: PLA4NMC). It takes a different approach to a legal subject type offering, as the focus is ‘every day’ skills for workplaces, and working with communities in multiple contexts. This subject has recently been listed as a core in the engineering program. The majority of students have little to no experience in social theory or research methods; and are primarily listed in engineering. However, there are planning students in Bendigo and international development, health, archaeology and other disciplines in Bundoora.
In this type of subject, it is preferred tutors help the students facilitate discussion as much as they can. E.g.: explaining how to facilitate or generate discussion and helping the students learn the skills. The subject is much more proscribed than it has been in the past due to an influx of numbers, but I would support each tutor to view the subject guide as a framework only. E.g.: I trust tutors to work with the dynamics of the class, share their own knowledge and stories, adapt/amend activities as needed etc. It is more important that we each elicit the best learning outcome rather than stick to a plan.
The subject is taught in block mode. There are about 225 students. Each tutorial will have 35-40 students.
The pay is 20hrs initial tutorial which is about $157/hr – this rate is broken down as follows: prep (1hr), attending lectures (1hr), and contact (1hr). There are 4 days x 7hrs + 2 x 3hrs online. So, there are 34 hours total contact – including the lectures. Plus, there is marking - about $44/hr and 1 hour total per student. On the last day (1 June) Students do role plays – so assessment occurs during the class.
The teaching days are as follows: Bundoora location
Friday 10 May 9:00am – 4:00pm & Saturday 11 May 9:30am – 4:30pm
Friday 31 May 9:00am – 4:00pm & Saturday 1 June 9:30am – 4:30pm
Online 18 May and 25 May 9:00am 12:30pm
- professional experience external to the academic environment;
- experience in mediation, negotiation and/or consultation;
- experience in inter-disciplinary/field of work communication;
- experience with cross cultural communication.
If you are interested, please contact Julie Rudner PhD, MPIA Program Coordinator
Community Planning and Development | Department of Social Inquiry | School of Humanities & Social Sciences College of Arts, Social Science & Commerce La Trobe University | PO Box 199 Bendigo VIC 3552 Australia