• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Biological Anthropology More...
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Robert Dyball
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The course is designed to engage students in the practice of collaborative, integrative multidisciplinary research needed for tackling complex multi-scale issues involved in creating viable human futures. Topics will include the 'science wars' and knowledge systems, justice and fairness dimensions of interventions for sustainability,  the role of institutions and civil society in regulating human behaviour, and patterns of consumption, , resource use versus conservation, living with risk and uncertainty, balancing individual wants and social needs, global equality of access and opportunity.

The course involves student projects that investigate a future issue in a collaborative partnership with an external agency, institution, company or enterprise. Seminars will concentrate on the practice and application of research methodologies, methods and tools for doing and integrating research across many discipline areas. Attendance at seminars is a course requirement 

Indicative Assessment

Contribution to seminar activities (10%), seminar facilitiation and write up, (35%), and a research project using systems methods, including a critical analysis of methodology (55%). Regular attendance and participation in classwork and fieldtrips is required.

Students who fail to submit set work by the due date or fail to participate in classes and field trips may be excluded from examination.

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Workload

65 contact hours comprising lectures, tutorials and seminars

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES6506.

Preliminary Reading

Brown, V., Harris, J., and Russell, J. (2010) Tackling Wicked Problems London: Earthscan

Areas of Interest

  • Geography
  • Human Ecology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Human Sciences
  • Population Studies

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $2160
2005 $2520
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7536 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person

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