• Class Number 2735
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
    • AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
    • Prof Robert Costanza
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces students to the most contentious issues in the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene has been defined as a new geological epoch around which human activity dominates the Earth’s development and environment. In response to these pressing global challenges, all UN countries signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set out an agenda for action. This course is constructed around the ideas within the SDGs, exploring a wide variety of academic opinion and a great deal of academic debate. In each case, a small number of key readings will be used to highlight the range of opinions expressed in these debates and the wider implications of these arguments for understanding the relationship between the process of economic, social, and political development and the practice of environmental and natural resource management. Specific weekly topics may change from year to year.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Pose critical questions within contemporary debates around environmental and development problems.
  2. Summarise and develop arguments and contribute to debates about development and the environment in the Anthropocene.
  3. Critically identify, analyse, and discuss long-term trends in development and environment.

Required Resources

All required and recommended readings will be provided on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 History and Politics of the SDG Framework
2 Sustainable Development
3 Food Systems & Poverty
4 Wellbeing and Inequality
5 Urban Environments
6 Energy Systems
7 Terrestrial Ecosystems
8 Marine Ecosystems
9 Disasters and Resilience
10 Governance and indigenous perspectives
11 Scenarios for the SDGs
12 Climate Change

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Commentaries 45 % * * 1,2,3
Final Paper 50 % 01/06/2020 01/07/2020 1,2,3
Attendance/Participation 5 % * * 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 45 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Questions for commentaries will be supplied in the eleven weeks following the opening class (all but the first). Students will be required to answer any six of the eleven. (This allows students to organise their assignments to take account of competing commitments.) The aim of the commentaries is to encourage reading and stimulate thinking ahead of the next lecture so that discussion will be informed and energetic.

Length: 300 words

Due date: 1 hour before class starts

Return of assessment date: 1 week after submission

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 01/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final Paper

A 2000 word paper requiring students to combine multiple topics discussed in class into a research paper (further assignment details will be provided on Wattle). Students will be required to:

  • combine multiple topics discussed in class into a research paper,
  • conduct interdisciplinary research,
  • be creative in the use of source materials,
  • take an analytical approach,
  • show capacity to organise the material and write effectively, and
  • place the subject in its wider context.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


A key learning process for this course is active discussion. For that to happen students need to be present in class if they are on-campus or to take part in the weekly Skype online session if they enrol externally.

Due date: Weekly

Return of assessment date: Weekly

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
6125 5706

Research Interests

Ecological economics, Ecosystem services, Wellbeing indicators

AsPr Ida Kubiszewski

Thursday 14:00 15:00
AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
6125 5706

Research Interests

AsPr Ida Kubiszewski

Thursday 14:00 15:00
Prof Robert Costanza

Research Interests

Prof Robert Costanza

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