• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Janette Lindesay
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS6013
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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In a time of rapid population growth, unlimited economic growth and the threat of climate change, many commentators are calling for a transformation in the way we manage our resources, environment and economies. However, bringing about such societal change is not easy, whether it be at the global, national or local level. This course considers the complex drivers behind societal change in pursuit of environmental objectives. After briefly introducing some of the theories on ecological modernisation and environmental change, and using case studies from Australia and beyond, the course will explore how societies can and do pursue environmental change, the complex relationships between society, economy and the environment which influence societal change, the role of the media in environmental issues and how society perceives them, and the links between international environmental movements and local, domestic environmental outcomes.

In particular, the course will address such questions as: what are the key factors for successful societal change; what are the barriers? How does Australia's political landscape influence the public's capacity to exert environmental change? What can we learn from earlier transformations in society, for example the civil rights movement in the United States, or the introduction of technological innovations?


Honours Pathway Option (HPO)

Subject to the approval of the course convenor; HPO students will be required to demonstrate greater depth of understanding of the content of the course. HPO students will undertake a program of advanced reading and will be required to prepare and facilitate a tutorial (equivalent to a minimum of 15% of overall assessment).  All other assessment requirements remain the same.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand the theories and practice of societal change and how it develops in different jurisdictions and at different scales
  2. understand and evaluate the drivers of societal change for environmental objectives, in different contexts
  3. describe and evaluate key environmental movements, and particularly the respective roles of the media, public, civil society, governments and technological developments in effecting that change
  4. employ advanced research, writing and presentation skills. 

Indicative Assessment

Regular attendance and participation in class work is required, and tutorial attendance is compulsory.  Assessment will be based on:

  • 1000 word report on case study of choice (30%) (LO 1,2,3,4)
  • 2,500 word essay (70%) (LO 1,2,3,4)

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48 contact hours comprising one two-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial per week. Students must also attend one seminar (students choose any relevant seminars held at the ANU, with the guidance of the convener). Substantial preparation is required for weekly tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 48 units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES2013 or ENVS6013.

Assumed Knowledge

ENVS1001, ENVS1008




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.

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

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8873 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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