|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||COURSEWORK - 3000 WORD ESSAY||50%|
|Semester Assessment||GROUP-LED FACILITATION EXERCISE||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||COURSEWORK - 3000 WORD ESSAY||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Critically appraise the principles and problems of participation;
2. Critically evaluate the theory and application of participation in decision-making;
3. Design appropriate facilitation exercises;
4. Apply a range of facilitatory techniques to enhance participation in decision-making.
Understanding the theory of participatory decision-making is essential for anyone with a serious interest in tackling the wide variety of issues in rural contexts. Because much of the original theoretical perspectives on participation developed from its application by facilitators (Kapoor 2002), the theory is often best understood by also learning about its practice (Acland 1990).
- Provide students with a deep understanding of the theory of participation for decision-making and sustainable development;
- Develop students' skills as facilitators so that they are able to conduct consultative and participatory processes.
The module has direct relevance to any student interested in working with people. It will therefore be of interest to those on courses such as tourism, conservation management, countryside management and sustainable rural development.
- Participation and engagement;
- Influence of power in relationships between participants on the effectiveness of participation;
- Conflict and participation;
- Techniques for facilitation;
- Case studies of participatory decision-making.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Communication||Students will regularly be working in groups and will need to be engaging in the participatory techniques used by the tutor in the class. This will require use and development of a range of communication skills (e.g. presentations and discussions)|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The module provides students with an opportunity to develop practical skills in facilitation. This will be highly relevant and useful in a range of types of employment.|
|Problem solving||Students will need to develop their solution to solving particular issues that require participatory methods.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to critically review and evaluate previous research. It therefore has direct relevance to developing literature reviews as part of research.|
|Team work||Students will need to work in teams to devise an appropriate facilitation plan and carry out this plan with other students.|
Reading ListGeneral Text
Acland (1990) A sudden outbreak of common sense. Managing conflict through meditation Hutchinson Business Books Ltd Primo search OECD (2001) Citizens as partners. OECD handbook on information, consultation and public participation in policy-making OECD Publications Service Primo search Recommended Consultation
Kapoor, I (2002) Third World Quarterly The devils in the theory: a critical assessment of Robert Chambers' work on participatory development 23 (1) : 101 - 117 Primo search Parfitt, T (2004) Third World Quarterly The ambiguityof participation: a qualified defence of participatory development 25 (3) : 537 - 556 Primo search Williams et al (2003) Development and Change Participation and power: poor people's engagement with India's Employment Assurance scheme 34 (1) : 163 - 192 Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6