- Code ENVS2013
- 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 Resource Management and Environmental Science
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?
Honours Pathway Option (HPO)
Subject to the approval of the course convenor; HPO students will be required to demonstrate greater depth of understanding of the content of the course. HPO students will undertake a program of advanced reading and will be required to prepare and facilitate a tutorial (equivalent to a minimum of 15% of overall assessment). All other assessment 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:
- Apply ‘sociological imagination’ which enables students to situate individual choices in their social context and ‘spatial consciousness’ to acknowledge the role of space and place for social interactions and environmental relationships.
- Understand that societal transformation requires changes in institutions and governance arrangements that will guide and interact with behavioural change.
- Demonstrate a good understanding of key concepts 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.
Regular attendance and participation in class work is expected, and tutorial attendance is compulsory. Assessment will be based on:
- 3,000 word essay on a topic related to the course (65%) (LO 1-4)
- 400-600 words public thought piece (15%) (LO 1-4)
- A group presentation and planning and facilitation of group exercises (20%) (LO 1-5)
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36 contact hours comprising one 3 hour lecture/seminar per week. Preparation is required for weekly seminars.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeENVS1001, ENVS1008
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