• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Freudenberger
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2015
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A cap applies to admission to this course due to limited field accommodation, so early enrolment is encouraged.

Forests are complex biomes at the centre of how we benefit from ecosystems.  The forests provide most of our fresh water for cities and our irrigated vineyards, orchards, rice and dairy farms.  Forests provide us with housing and furniture as well as the paper and cardboard that at some point surrounds everything we buy at the supermarket or mall. Forests give us a sense of place, improve our health and underpin much tourism. Forests provide habitat for a diversity of native fauna and other flora. We explore first-hand the ecosystem services we derive from a diversity of forests from the coast to the western slopes of NSW. We engage with managers and others directly and indirectly involved in the debates on the often conflicting demands and trade-offs imposed on forests. We investigate these values and issues in classroom workshops and field trips, including a five day trip across the greatest diversity of forests in Australia, from Tumut to Eden, NSW. This course places forests and their benefits in local, national and international contexts. It provides a broad introduction to the interdisciplinary approaches needed to understand forest management needs and future options. The course provides students from a diversity of academic interests an opportunity to explore forests from multiple perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and analyse, in depth, the ecosystem services Australians gain from a diversity of forests you will encounter in the field;
  2. Assess, in depth, how diverse perspectives and social values have shaped and continue to influence forest policy and management;
  3. Refine and convincingly communicate your own views on forest management and policy.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In depth field course report (40%; LO 1, 2, 3)
  2.  ‘Senate Committee’ forest policy submission - speech and media release (30%; LO 2, 3)
  3. Detailed funding submission for improving forest management (30%; LO 1, 2, 3)

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10 day intensive program, with subsequent completion of assessments 1&3.

Participation in field trips is mandatory during 6-17 July 2015.’

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS2010

You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Clancy, T and Howell, C. (2013). Sustainable forest management: the Australian context. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.   http://adl.brs.gov.au/data/warehouse/9aal/2013/RR13.2sfmAc/RR13.2SustainForestManageAustContext_v1.0.0.pdf

COAG (2013) Australia’s Native Vegetation Framework: A National Framework to guide the ecologically sustainable management of Australia’s Native Vegetation. http://www.environment.gov.au/land/vegetation/nvf/pubs/native-vegetation-framework.pdf

House of Representatives  Standing Committee on Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry. (2011) Seeing the Forest Through the Trees.   http://www.aph.gov.au/parliamentary_business/committees/house_of_representatives_committees?url=arff/forestry/report.htm

Assumed Knowledge

ENVS6101 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability is recommended.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1332 06 Jul 2015 07 Jul 2015 10 Jul 2015 17 Jul 2015 In Person N/A

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