High quality, integrative research plays a critical role in identifying pathways towards sustainability. The Sustainability Science major builds the fundamental understandings and skills necessary to develop research projects that effectively address complex problems of environment and sustainable development. It focuses on a core set of research skills- and design-based courses, with key choices in areas of quantitative, qualitative and spatial approaches. The skills developed in these courses are extended and applied in a wide range of research and policy relevant courses. This is a 'hands-on' major, with many opportunities to conduct small-scale research built into its components.
The major is intended to complement more topic-related minors (e.g. Soil and Land Management, Climate Science and Policy, Environmental Policy) by developing and strengthening broad-based research skills and embedding them in an understanding of the role of research in addressing complex sustainability issues. Its completion at the appropriate level is good preparation for fourth-year Honours (see the Honours section of the ENVS entry in the Undergraduate Handbook), and is recommended for students considering a future career in sustainability-related research.
On completing the Sustainability Science major, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Build an understanding of the role of research in sustainability, both within and beyond academic domains.
- Learn and apply the fundamental skills and processes of research design, as they apply to sustainability-related challenges.
- Learn and apply a range of research methods from different disciplines.
- Integrate different forms of disciplinary research into more complex, problem-oriented approaches.
- Develop and conduct research both individually and in teams.
- Apply a range of written, oral and visual communication skills to communicate research outcomes effectively.
Areas of Interest
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Development Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Policy Studies
Additional InformationAdvice to Students
Courses from outside the Fenner School may be accepted for this major, subject to approval by the major convener or the Fenner School Associate Director (Education).
Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Sustainability Science major.
This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:
24 units from completion of the following course(s):
|ENVS1001||Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability||6|
|ENVS3040||Complex Environmental Problems in Action||6|
A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:
|ENVS1003||Introduction to Environmental and Social Research||6|
|EMSC1006||The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science||6|
A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:
|BIOL2202||Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology||6|
|ENVS2014||Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability||6|
|ENVS2015||GIS and Spatial Analysis||6|
|SOCY2038||Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods||6|
A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:
|ENVS3001||Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice||6|
|ENVS3002||Sustainable Agricultural Practices||6|
|ENVS3004||Land and Catchment Management||6|
|ENVS3005||Water Resource Management||6|
|ENVS3007||Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders||6|
|ENVS3008||Fire in the Environment||6|
|ENVS3010||Independent Research Project||6-12|
|ENVS3014||Ecological Assessment and Management||6|
|ENVS3020||Climate Change Science & Policy||6|
|ENVS3026||Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate||6|
|ENVS3033||International Environmental Policy||6|
|ENVS3041||Managing Forested Landscapes||6|