- Code ENVS1001
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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...
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. The course is the starting point for a variety of Science and Arts majors, and for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability) degrees. It is also 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
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
- Learning portfolio, including weekly preparation for tutorials (40%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Essay (40%; 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)
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5 contact hours per week comprising lectures and tutorials plus 2 day field trip in mid-semester teaching break.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed text books, rather, a variety of recommended reading will be made available via Wattle.
Areas of Interest
- Human Ecology
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Development Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Human Sciences
- Policy Studies
- Population Studies
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3573||17 Feb 2014||07 Mar 2014||31 Mar 2014||30 May 2014||In Person||N/A|