- 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 Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Human Sciences
Some activities that form part of this course can be taken remotely or on-campus in Sem 2 2020. Check timetable for details. Group limits may apply.
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:
- Identify and analyse the drivers and barriers of societal change for environmental objectives in different contexts, particularly the respective roles of the media, public, civil society, governments and technological developments in encouraging that change.
- Critique and evaluate key environmental movements, and how they include or exclude certain groups in society or globally.
- Conduct problem analysis; design and implement appropriate research and evaluation tools.
- Employ advanced research, writing and presentation skills.
- Participate effectively in team-based integrative research projects.
If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form.
- Opinion thought piece (15) [LO 1,2,4]
- Grand challenge problem video (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Grand challenge solution presentation (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Grand challenge research essay (25) [LO 1,2,4]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lectures plus 1 x 2 hour tutorials per week
- Approximately 82 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
There is no prescribed text for this course. Please refer to the course WATTLE site for readings.
Assumed KnowledgeENVS1001, ENVS1008
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