Community Relations

Coordinated by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (SMI-CSRM), a leading research centre committed to improving the social performance of the resources industry globally, the Community Relations field provides knowledge and skills relevant to all aspects of the interactions between resource companies and their associated communities.

Originally developed in collaboration with the Minerals Council of Australia, this innovative specialisation provides a professionalisation pathway for community relations practitioners and others working with communities in the resources sector

The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining has an international reputation for delivering Community Relations education and professional development for the global resource industry. The program involves leading academics and industry practitioners from the global resources sector, and covers the latest developments in topics relating to resource projects and community relations. We aim to equip students with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help them to understand, engage with, and contribute to the development of communities that are impacted by resource extraction and related activities.

Community Relations Courses

Graduate Certificate 

Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector (MINE7053) This introductory core course is a requirement for all students undertaking the Graduate Certificate program. This couse is an introduction to how sustainable development (SD) relates to the minerals industry. This course covers SD history and theory, drivers to adopt SD principles in the minerals industry, industry response to SD, SD in varied operational settings, including small and mid-tier mining companies, assessment and measurement of SD initiatives at mine operations.

To complement the online nature of this course, there will be a compulsory five day intensive held at UQ’s St Lucia  campus in Brisbane during the first semester, dates to be advised during Week 1. Travel, accommodation costs, and arrangements are the responsibility of the student. A $200 catering fee will also be payable for the week.

Community Aspects of Resource Development (MINE7052) develops an understanding of community impacts of resource development, and the knowledge and skills to engage with and contribute to the development of communities impacted by mining, oil and gas industry activities. 

Community Development for the Resource Sector (MINE7023) introduces a framework for understanding how community development theory, methods and techniques can be used by community relations workers.

Community Engagement for the Resource Sector (MINE7024) explores a range of community development and community engagement domains, techniques and skills, as they apply to the context of the mining industry.

Graduate Diploma

Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector – Tools and Integration (MINE7061) This course is a core course for all students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma program. Building on the foundation of ‘Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector’, this course introduces students to a range of tools and frameworks that can be used to inform sustainability thinking and practice. The course examines the connectivity and pathways that these tools provide across the range of SMI’s ‘disciplines’ and their integration into, and practical use, when applied to the sustainability challenges facing the global resources sector.

Regional and Local Economic Development for the Resources Sector (MINE7055) explores community development approaches to local and regional economic development, with a particular focus on the communities and regions associated with the resources industry.

Special Project in the Resources Sector (MINE7035) in this course, students are expected to select their own project topics in consultation with the course lecturer and must be of current interest to the resources sector. They will need to research their chosen topic thoroughly so that associated issues can be discussed in detail and proposed recommendations justified. The project can use existing data and published sources, or students can design a study that gathers new data for the purpose.

Research Methods for the Resources Sector (MINE7056) explores a range of research methods available for those working with mining and other resource-based communities. This course has a compulsary five day intensive on the St Lucia campus.

Master

Master Thesis (MINE7009) this two semester course, commencing in Semester 1 of any given year, is focused on the production of a thesis that demonstrates 'mastery' of the subject of the Responsible Resource Development program (Community Relations; Environment; or Health & Safety) in terms of principle and practice. Students are to undertake an individual research project, or a program of independent enquiry, under the direction of an academic or research staff member. Students should ensure that a suitable member of staff has agreed to supervise their research, or area of individual enquiry, before enrolling in the course.

The submitted thesis must demonstrate the student's ability to clearly communicate the effective application of content and concepts acquired during Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma studies that would deliver an improved outcome in a chosen aspect of community relations, environmental management, or risk management relevant to the resources sector.

Suggested study plans

One course per semester

Suggested Study plan for Community Relations
Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Graduate Certificate 1 MINE7053: Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector MINE7052: Community Aspects of Resource Development
2 MINE7023: Community Development for the Resource Sector MINE7024: Community Engagement for the Resource Sector
Graduate Diploma 3 MINE7061: Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector - Tools and Integration MINE7035: Special Project in the Resources Sector **
4 MINE7055: Regional and Local Economic Development in the Resources Sector MINE7056: Community Research methods for the resource sector
Master 5 MINE7009: Master Thesis

Two courses per semester

Suggested Study plan for Sustainable Development
Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Graduate Certificate 1 MINE7053: Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector MINE7052: Community Aspects of Resource Development
MINE7023: Community Development for the Resource Sector MINE7024: Community Engagement for the Resource Sector
Graduate Diploma 2 MINE7061: Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector - Tools and Integration MINE7035: Special Project in the Resources Sector **
MINE7055: Regional and Local Economic Development in the Resources Sector MINE7056: Community Research methods for the resource sector
Master 3 MINE7009: Master Thesis

* These are suggested study plans only and course selection will depend on individual circumstances and course availability. ** Or approved elective