• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bruce Doran
    • Dr Lorrae Van Kerkhoff
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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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.     

Honours Pathway Option 

Subject to the approval of the course convenor; students taking this option will be expected to complete alternative weekly readings and to be prepared to discuss this advanced material in workshops and incorporate it into their major assignment/s. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

  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

 

Postgraduate Learning Outcomes

 

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)

 

Indicative Assessment

• Presentation of a research-based policy brief (20%) [LO 1,2]

• Research essay (35%) [LO 2,3,4,5]

• Final case study learning portfolio, including compulsory stakeholder report, presentation materials, and reflections (45%) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]

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Workload

65 contact hours , including lectures, workshops and practicals.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 72 units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS3024 or ENVS3036.

Prescribed Texts

Preliminary Reading:

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). 

 

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of 72 units towards a degree.

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

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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
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 Class Summary
8191 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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