• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Biological Anthropology More...
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS6306

The course is designed to engage students in the practice of collaborative, integrative multidisciplinary research needed for tackling complex 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, living with risk and uncertainty, balancing individual wants and social needs and the challenge of  global equality of access and opportunity.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand complex interactions between key change processes in social and ecological systems as they relate to human futures
  2. Critically select and apply appropriate methods for understanding and managing complex human-ecological problems
  3. Appreciate the need to respect biophysical limits, human wellbeing and justice issues in the context of negotiating pathways to sustainable futures
  4. Apply a range of written, oral and visual communication skills to effectively convey and discuss research findings about human-ecological change processes
  5. Demonstrate the ability to undertake and report interdisciplinary research involving partnerships with community, government or private institutions.

Indicative Assessment

Students who fail to submit work by the due date or fail to participate in classes, practicals and tutorials may be excluded from examination.

  • Seminar presentation and practice report (35%)
  • major field research report (45%)
  • Critical journal review (20%) 

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Workload

60 contact hours, comprising lectures, tutorials and seminars

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 72 units towards a degree including ENVS2011. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES3021 or ENVS6306.

Preliminary Reading

Dyball, R., and Newell, B. (2015) Understanding Human Ecology.  London Routledge

Areas of Interest

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

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.

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