• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Applied Economics, Climate, Environmental Science , Biodiversity Conservation

This is a unique interactive, workshop-based, solutions-oriented course. It addresses real world problems by involving students and faculty from a broad range of disciplines, community stakeholders, and decision-makers to collaboratively find whole-system solutions. The main elements include: (1) transdisciplinary problem-based learning; (2) community/client involvement; (3) stakeholder participation; (4) blurring of the distinction between faculty and student, research, and education; (5) adaptive management and flexible working groups; and (6) appropriate and practical communication of results. The course will address a different problem each time it is offered.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Learn about the background of the problem being addressed
2. Develop problem-solving skills by working on real problems and applications.
3. Develop collaborative group work, analysis, synthesis, discussion, communication, and research skills
4. Learn how to define a problem and determine a strategy for working towards a solution
5. Develop writing and publication skills

Indicative Assessment

20% for two short multiple choice quizzes to test competence on the class readings
30% for creative participation in class discussions and research – 15% instructor, 15% peer evaluated
50% for contributions to preparing documents for presentation and publication. A group paper or papers for publication in a peer-reviewed journal describing the process and product is planned. Effort equivalent to one 3000 word essay per student.

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Prescribed Texts

Varies depending on the problem being addressed

Preliminary Reading

Varies depending on the problem being addressed

Varies depending on the problem being addressed


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4841 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View
4891 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person N/A

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