- Code ENVS6025
- 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 Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science More...
This course uses three case studies to develop a multi-faceted, research-based understanding of complex environmental problems that graduating students can apply in future research or work environments. The course emphasises integrative, engaged, and research-based approaches to complexity. The first two cases present complex local and national issues in collaboration with key stakeholders. Students engage with these issues by drawing on a range of theoretical concepts and practical tools. The learning from these cases is then applied to a 'do-it-yourself' case study selected by students and conducted as a group project, again in collaboration with local stakeholders. The focus throughout is on case studies as vehicles for learning and reflection, as well as a testing ground for tools, techniques and approaches discussed in the course.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately. During the second part of the course graduate students attend specialist case-based tutorials with peers.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completion of the course students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and engage with the methodological and practical challenges posed by complex environmental problems. (LO1)
- Critically evaluate the complex nature of environmental problems. (LO2)
- Apply higher-level problem solving skills in environmental studies and environmental science, including social learning and critical reflection.(LO3)
- Create innovative, collaborative research-based responses to complex environmental problems. (LO4)
- Understand and apply effective stakeholder engagement practices within a case-based framework. (LO5)
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the case study approach as a means of addressing complexity. (LO6)
Undergraduate Learning Outcomes
1. Understand the methodological and practical challenges posed by complex environmental problems. (LO1)
2. Characterise and effectively describe the complex nature of environmental problems. (LO2)
3. Apply problem solving skills in environmental studies and environmental science, including social learning and critical reflection. (LO3)
4. Create innovative, collaborative research-based responses to complex environmental problems. (LO4)
5. Understand and apply effective stakeholder engagement practices. (LO5)
6. Understand and apply the case study approach to participate effectively in integrative, team-based research projects. (LO6)
• Presentation of research-based policy analysis and advice (20%) [LO 1,2]
• Research essay (35%) [LO 2,3,4,5]
• Develop and present a complex environmental problem case for peer review (10%) [LO 2,4,5, 6]
• Learning portfolio, including a critical review of the case study approach as a means of addressing complex environmental problems (35%) [LO 1,3,4,5, 6)
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60 contact hours including lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals.
Requisite and Incompatibility
van Kerkhoff L. 2013 Developing integrative research for sustainability science through a complexity principles-based approach. Sustainability Science. 8 (online first, 19 Feb 2013).
Freeman Herreid C. 1997 What is a case? Bringing to Science education the established teaching tool of Law and Medicine. Journal of College Science Teaching, 27(2).
van Kerkhoff, L. (2005). Integrated research: concepts of connection in environmental science and policy, Environmental Science & Policy, 8(5), 439-463.
Areas of Interest
- Human Ecology
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Human Sciences
- Policy Studies
- Population Studies
- Information Technology
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