• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society and the School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science / ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science More...
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr James Pittock
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS6101
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course critically analyses the relationships between people and their environments. It focuses on the big issue facing the globe - the equitable and sustainable use of this planet's resources. This is an introductory course for many later year courses in the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

The course examines different ways of conceptualising the nature of resources, the environment and society. The contrasts and connections between scientific and social science theory and methods will be examined. Key factors mediating the inter-relationships between society and environment will be explored including resource use, population and technological change. Other key concepts critically explored will include social justice, equity and sustainability. These issues will be explored through case studies that will include: the role of Indigenous people in resource management, the international dimension of global climatic change, water and land degradation and biodiversity conservation.

The course has a strong skills-based focus with the aim of giving students the research and communication skills required to successfully complete later year courses. Particular attention will be given to critical thinking and writing skills. Staff from the ANU Libraries and the Academic Skills and Learning Centre will be involved in this element of the course. Guest speakers will be drawn from the many ANU Colleges and the government, community and business sectors.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have subject knowledge about issues related to society, environment and resources.  A key issue in this regard is developing an understanding of the contested nature of views on the 'environment' including an understanding of how 'environmental' issues are often 'human' issues related to the political nature of decisions about dealing with competing demands over the allocation of finite resources.  As well as this subject knowledge, students will have accumulated a set of more generic learning skills that allow them to:

1. ask good questions of guest speakers and of their peers in classroom settings, and to know what needs to be learned in order to answer these questions
2. identify learning resources, and use those resources effectively
3. continue inquisitive lifelong learning
4. reflect on their own learning, demonstrate high levels of information literacy, and interact with others through communication skills that include speaking, writing and facilitating small groups

Indicative Assessment

  • Learning portfolio based on weekly preparation for tutorials (10%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Essay (40%; LO 2, 3, 4)
  • Field trip report (30%; LO 2, 3, 4)
  • Tutorial participation (10%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • End of course PowerPoint presentation on what students have learnt both about the course content and about learning (10%; LO I, 2, 3, 4)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

5 contact hours per week comprising lectures and tutorials plus compulsory 3 day field trip in mid-semester teaching break (week of 3rd April 2017). A field trip fee of <$160 applies.    

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENVS6101

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed text books, rather, a variety of recommended reading will be made available via Wattle.

Areas of Interest

  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Human Ecology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • Policy Studies
  • Population Studies
  • Sustainability

Majors

Minors

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2850 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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