- Code ENVS2012
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Biological Anthropology More...
Biennial course. Not offered in 2019. Next offered in 2020.
The course applies the core human ecology concepts developed in ENVS2011 to the urban environment. The emphasis is on how human activities affect ecological processes and human wellbeing in urban areas and how they affect the health of the hinterlands on which those urban areas depend. Students will study the effect that different human values, institutional arrangements and management strategies have on urban energy and material stocks and flows. Case studies covered by the course include: the changes that the urban form places on water, energy and material flows as well as how urban design and planning processes affect transport and settlement patterns. For each of these topics, different human interventions will be considered, including those aimed at improving governance, harnessing ecosystem services and engaging with the community.
Honours Pathway Option
Subject to the approval of the course convenor; students taking this option will be expected to complete advanced weekly readings and to be prepared to discuss this advanced material in tutorials. In addition, students will be expected to make a seminar presentation on one week's reading and to lead the subsequent discussion. A concise paper must accompany the presentation. The paper, quality of presentation and quality of subsequent facilitation will all form part of the student's mark (a minimum of 15% of overall assessment). All other assessment and requirements remain the same.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. apply key concepts in Human Ecology to the urban environment, and communicate these to a range of audiences
2. describe the ecosystem services demanded by modern urban systems
3. explain material and energy flows of modern cities, including food and water, and carry out a material stocks and flows analysis of a chosen aspect of the urban environment
4. describe constraints and opportunities for future sustainable cities
Regular attendance and participation in classwork and fieldtrips is required. Students who fail to submit set work by the due date or fail to participate in classes and field trips may be excluded from examination. Assessment will be based on:
- Short test on basic concepts (10%; LO 1)
- Contribution to, and facilitation of, student-led seminar activities (10%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Material Stocks and Flows Research project, involving original reflective-evaluative research into the ecological load of some aspect of students' everyday lives, and recommended strategies to reduce that load, and class presentation (45%; LO 3, 4)
- Reflective field trip report examining how and why ecosystem services are affected by human activity and assess the desirability of this continuing. (35%; LO 2, 3, 4)
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60 contact hours, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and fieldwork.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Hargroves, K and Smith, M (eds), (2005), The Natural Advantage of Nations, London, Earthscan.
Areas of Interest
- Human Ecology
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Biological Anthropology
- Environmental Studies
- Human Sciences
- Population Studies
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