• Total units 24 Units
  • Specialisation code ESHE-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Environmental Studies and Human Ecology Specialisation

The interrelationships between human societies and their environment are complex and often conflicting. The Environmental Studies and Human Ecology specialisation provides the perspectives, skills and knowledge needed to engage constructively with our most prominent 21st century environmental problems. A broad range of disciplines is included to cover natural ecological and earth system processes, environmental management, resource use and policy, cultural ecology and the history of environmental change and philosophy. Whether your focus is on those natural resources that provide the essential economic foundations for society, or on more general aspects of the environment affecting quality of life, a common theme in the specialisation is global, regional and local scale change processes.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.     Analyse and synthesise the complex connections between human culture, institutions and economic and political paradigms, and environmental systems and change

2.     Apply multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to tackling complex problems in a variety of contexts (e.g. sustainability in business and industry, urban settlements, and energy, transportation, food and land management systems)

3.     Generate, critically reflect on, evaluate and apply theories and adaptive responses to environmental issues

4.     Synthesise the principal approaches to environmental management and other relevant fields of study, and communicate the results at an advanced level of professional practice and scholarship

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ENVS6020 Human Ecology 6
ENVS6306 Human Futures 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ENVS6005 Sustainable Systems: Urban 6
ENVS6012 Sustainable Systems: Rural 6
ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action 6
ENVS8049 Independent Research Project 6-12
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