- Class Number 8506
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Edwina Fingleton-Smith
- Edwina Fingleton-Smith
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
In a time of rapid population growth, unlimited economic growth and the threat of climate change, it is increasingly obvious that we need a transformation in the way we manage our resources, environment and economies. However, bringing about such societal change is not easy, whether it be at the global, national or local level. This course considers the complex drivers behind societal change in pursuit of environmental objectives.
Using both global and local case studies, the course will break apart some of the crucial building blocks of modern society and explore how we understand the concepts of society, environment, and the economy and the complex relationships between them. The course will also look at who ‘we’ is and how different individuals and groups experience the environment and environmental change differently. From here the course will explore how societies can and do pursue change, the complex relationships which influence change, the different discourses represented in the global conversation about environmental and social issues, and the links between international environmental movements and local, domestic environmental outcomes. In particular, the course will address such questions as: What are the key factors for successful societal change? What are the barriers? How do we know we are addressing the most critical environmental issues? And how do we know when we have succeeded?
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
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:
- Apply sociological concepts and analytical methods and relate them to concepts and methods from human geography and political economy to analyse society-environment relationships and to distil policy implications.
- Employ theories and methods for situating social change within institutions and governance arrangements that will guide and interact with social and behavioural change including cross scale interactions.
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of key concepts and a good command of the literature in interdisciplinary scientific communities including human ecology, environmental sociology, environmental history, ecological economics, industrial ecology and environmental policy.
- Employ advanced research, writing and presentation skills.
- Reflect on their own learning, demonstrate high levels of information literacy, and interact with others through communication skills that include speaking, writing and facilitating small groups.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
• marks and written comments to individuals on assessment items (e.g. public thought piece and essays)
• on-going discussion with individual students and groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course Overview What are we doing here? Introduction and housekeeping A taster – Decolonising the environment - What is the environment and who does that definition belong to?|
|2||Economics: Inequality, social justice and the environment. A brief history of capitalism. What exactly is our economic system? Why does it matter? Is it a problem or an opportunity?|
|3||Discourses with Dryzek How do we construct meaning and how does this shape what we know?|
|4||Girls (not) gone wild Gender in the outside world. How do perceptions of gender affect our ability to lead sustainable lifestyles? Is addressing gender a way to maximise sustainable transitions?|
|5||Wasting away Australia’s love hate relationship with waste. Are circular economies the answer? What are the pathways to achieving them?|
|6||Human psychology Why understanding ourselves is critical to understanding environmental problems.|
|7||Ethics Why do we do, think and feel how we do about the environment and nature? And whose ethics exactly are they?|
|8||99 Problems Why scale is important when conceptualising and addressing environmental change. What are the different leverage points for different environmental problems?|
|9||Would you like fries with that? Food, a global case study.|
|10||Environmental accounting Making the intangible tangible. Who owns water? Should anyone?|
|11||North vs South? Or people vs environment? Energy, inequality and sustainability|
|12||Don’t worry, be happy A brief history of right wing, conservative environmentalism|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial participation including a group presentation, planning and facilitation of group exercises||10 %||22/07/2019||28/11/2019||1,2|
|Opinion piece||10 %||19/08/2019||03/09/2019||1,2,4|
|Grand Challenge Problem Video||20 %||26/08/2019||30/08/2019||1,3,4,5|
|Grand Challenge Solution Presentation||20 %||21/10/2019||25/10/2019||1,2,4|
|Brainstorm Tutorial Facilitation||20 %||23/09/2019||14/10/2019||1,3,4,5|
|Final essay||20 %||25/10/2019||15/11/2019||1,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students are expected to attend all tutorials. Furthermore, students are expected to have done the reading for tutorials and participate in class discussions and group work each week. If you cannot make your tutorial, you must make arrangements to attend another one that week. Failure to attend more than four tutorials may render you liable to fail the course. In addition, the major assessment for this course will be heavily based on skills learnt in the tutorials, so failure to attend tutorials will make it very difficult for you to do well in the assessment.
This course does not include formal examination during the examination period.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Tutorial participation including a group presentation, planning and facilitation of group exercises
Students are expected to attend all tutorials. Furthermore, students are expected to have done the reading for tutorials. If you cannot make your tutorial, make arrangements to attend another one that week. Failure to attend more than four tutorials may render you liable to fail the course. In addition, the major assessment for this course will be heavily based on skills learnt in the tutorials, failure to attend tutorials will make it very difficult for you to do well in the assessment.
Value: 10% of the final mark.
Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the date final results are published on ISIS.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Prepare a short (600-800 words) thought piece on a topic related to the course and an issue of public interest in Australia or internationally. The purpose of this piece is to create a piece of writing that is deliberately attempting to change an opinion around a particular issue, not just attempting to inform. The piece should be written in a style appropriate for a media piece aimed at a general audience and should be persuasive and engaging. It is not required that you cite academic literature, however you may find references to various sources or data important for aiding your persuasiveness.
Submission date: 19th August 2019
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5
Grand Challenge Problem Video
Students will create a video detailing a complex environmental problem, for which innovative solutions are needed. It will exhibit sophisticated analysis of the problem, identify the society-environmental links including possible drivers, affected stakeholders, and frames the specific aspect of the problem, via a question, that solutions must address. Grand challenge problem statements are often framed along the lines of “How might we address x problem”.
Assessment requirements: The videos will be no longer than 8 minutes long and must include assessment criteria for evaluating solutions to the problem.
Due date: In class, Week 6
Estimated return date: 30th August 2019
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Grand Challenge Solution Presentation
Students will work together in groups to come up with an innovative solution to the complex problem chosen in week 6. Solutions will be specific and detailed and while they may be any type of solution (ie technological or social etc), they must analyse the implications, barriers or changes in relevant policy, economic systems, laws or social behaviours necessary for the solution to work. Presentations will be 10 minutes long and all group members must present. Presentations will be judged by both content and presentation skills as per the different parts of the rubric. Please note the rubric also includes the need for the solution to address the evaluation criteria set for the
Due date: In class, Week 12
Estimated return date: 25th October 2019
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5
Brainstorm Tutorial Facilitation
Students are to work in groups to facilitate a brain storming session for the other groups in class in week 8 as part of the grand challenge skills sessions.
Due date: Week 8 in class
Estimated return date: 13th October 2019
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5
Students are to critically analyse a core issue/ driver related to the chosen environmental problem that is selected for the Grand Challenge presentation and answer the
following question “To what extent is, has, or could, the chosen issue be critical in shaping change in the selected problem?” The case study may be local or global in nature, may focus on a particular stakeholder, may be historic or contemporary, may be one of the drivers of this problem or may be an institution that could effectively address this problem (for example the media, civil society, a particular movement etc) or a disciplinary approach. I am happy to be quite flexible in what aspects students chose but you must be able to answer the above question.
Assessment requirements: 2000 words (not including footnotes or references)
Due date: 25th October 2019
Estimated return date: 15th November 2019
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Interdisciplinary, qualitative, problem focused research in sustainable development; human centred design, energy use for development and environmental law.