- Total units 24 Units
- Areas of interest Geography, Human Ecology, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Development Studies, Policy Studies
- Minor code HECL-MIN
- Academic career Undergraduate
The health and wellbeing of humans depends upon the capacity of the biosphere to provide the ecosystem services that sustain them. It is now clear that humans are currently using these services at rates which cannot be sustained. The challenge is for societies to change so as to put themselves on pathways towards sustainable futures. However, initiatives designed to do this must take into account the social and cultural dimensions of such change. The challenge is to couple knowledge about biospheric processes and limits with consideration of human values, judgments and motivation, health, wellbeing and dignity, and ethical dimensions of justice and fairness. To do this coherently, Human Ecology develops integrative transdisciplinary frameworks that can combine insights from a range of disciplines concerned with the human condition with knowledge of ecosystem and Earth processes. The resulting understanding helps formulate pathways towards more humane and sustainable futures.
On completing the minor in Human Ecology students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the complex, multi-scaled interactions that characterise human-ecological situations and their associated problems.
- Apply advanced systems thinking to understand human-ecological problems in terms of more basic, simple and easily grasped concepts and processes.
- Apply critical methodological approaches to evaluate current human-ecological interactions and to critically evaluate proposed alternatives.
- Apply a range of written, oral and visual communication skills to effectively convey and discuss information about human-ecological change processes, and
- Demonstrate the ability to engage with community, government or private institutions and companies dealing with managing and improving human-ecological interactions across a range of scales.
Advice to Students
Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this minor.
Please note that students undertaking a Bachelor of Science in a Flexible Double Degree will only be able to choose courses with ENVS codes from the lists above to count towards a science degree.
This minor requires the completion of 24 units which must include:
6 units from completion of the following course(s):
A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:
|Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring
|Sustainable Urban Systems
|Society and Environmental Change
|Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability
|Sustainable Agricultural Systems
|Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management
|Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders
|Complex Environmental Problems in Action
A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:
|Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School
|Economics for the Environment
|Vietnam Field School
|International Environmental Policy