Encountering Ethics and Politics through International Planning Field Studies

Butt, A and Ratnayake, R 2012, 'Encountering Ethics and Politics through International Planning Field Studies', in Andrew Butt and Melissa Kennedy (ed.) Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference (ANZAPS 2012), Bendigo, Australia, 21-23 September 2012, pp. 13-21.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Encountering Ethics and Politics through International Planning Field Studies
Author(s) Butt, A
Ratnayake, R
Year 2012
Conference name ANZAPS 2012
Conference location Bendigo, Australia
Conference dates 21-23 September 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference (ANZAPS 2012)
Editor(s) Andrew Butt and Melissa Kennedy
Publisher La Trobe University
Place of publication Bendigo, Australia
Start page 13
End page 21
Total pages 9
Abstract The possibilities of internationalised planning curricula are manifold. For students this includes scope to expand their horizons for planning careers and to develop reflective understandings of planning issues in their 'home' environment. For educators, it provides a fertile environment for exploring cross-cultural encounter, space to investigate varied planning traditions, and to situate examples used throughout the literature and in class-based settings. These possibilities are well-discussed in literature emanating from a range of disciplines, including planning. In planning, professional and academic discourse offers a way for students to communicate and conceptualise field studies within a common (universal) understanding of traditions of planning practice and public policy solutions. The ethical and political implications of working internationally can, however, be masked within this situation. Planning is inherently political, and contextual yet the explicit dilemmas of the political and economic setting can appear hidden within a short, project-focussed, planning field studies exercise. Using the example of three field/project visits in tsunami and conflict affected areas of Sri Lanka, this paper will explore issues in incorporating awareness of ethical dilemmas and political settings into the project.
Subjects Land Use and Environmental Planning
Keyword(s) ethics
cultural literacy
international study
Copyright notice Copyright © 2012 Community Planning and Development Program, La Trobe University Bendigo Australia and the individual authors
ISBN 9780987342928
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