• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science More...
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Lorrae Van Kerkhoff
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS3040
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course uses three case studies to develop a multi-faceted, research-based understanding of complex environmental problems that graduating students can apply in future research or work environments.  The course emphasises integrative, engaged, and research-based approaches to complexity. The first two cases present complex local and national issues in collaboration with key stakeholders.  Students engage with these issues by drawing on a range of theoretical concepts and practical tools. The learning from these cases is then applied to a 'do-it-yourself' case study selected by students and conducted as a group project, again in collaboration with local stakeholders.  The focus throughout is on case studies as vehicles for learning and reflection, as well as a testing ground for tools, techniques and approaches discussed in the course.   

 

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately. During the second part of the course graduate students attend specialist case-based tutorials with peers.

 

 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and engage with the methodological and practical challenges posed by complex environmental problems. (LO1)
  2. Critically evaluate the complex nature of environmental problems. (LO2)
  3. Apply higher-level problem solving skills in environmental studies and environmental science, including social learning and critical reflection.(LO3)
  4. Create innovative, collaborative research-based responses to complex environmental problems. (LO4)
  5. Understand and apply effective stakeholder engagement practices within a case-based framework. (LO5)
  6.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the case study approach as a means of addressing complexity. (LO6)

 

Undergraduate Learning Outcomes

 

1. Understand the methodological and practical challenges posed by complex environmental problems. (LO1)

2. Characterise and effectively describe the complex nature of environmental problems. (LO2)

3. Apply problem solving skills in environmental studies and environmental science, including social learning and critical reflection. (LO3)

4. Create innovative, collaborative research-based responses to complex environmental problems. (LO4)

5. Understand and apply effective stakeholder engagement practices. (LO5)

6. Understand and apply the case study approach to participate effectively in integrative, team-based research projects. (LO6)

 

Indicative Assessment

• Presentation of research-based policy analysis and advice (20%) [LO 1,2]

 

• Research essay (35%) [LO 2,3,4,5] 

 

• Develop and present a complex environmental problem case for peer review (10%) [LO 2,4,5, 6]

 

• Learning portfolio, including a critical review of the case study approach as a means of addressing complex environmental problems (35%) [LO 1,3,4,5, 6)

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Workload

60 contact hours including lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS3040.

Prescribed Texts

van Kerkhoff L. 2013 Developing integrative research for sustainability science through a complexity principles-based approach. Sustainability Science. 8 (online first, 19 Feb 2013).

Freeman Herreid C. 1997 What is a case? Bringing to Science education the established teaching tool of Law and Medicine. Journal of College Science Teaching, 27(2).

Preliminary Reading

van Kerkhoff, L. (2005). Integrated research: concepts of connection in environmental science and policy, Environmental Science & Policy, 8(5), 439-463.

Areas of Interest

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

Specialisations

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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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
8211 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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