- Code ENVS3004
- 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 Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the complex land and coastal management issues, and is set within a natural resource management framework. The course explores the social and political stakeholders invested in Australian land management, major biophysical drivers of historic and contemporary land management issues and critiques current management tools and strategies.
Topics will include: the complex components of rangeland management; mine site rehabilitation; conservation lands and national parks; coastal zone management. The course emphasises the interdisciplinarity of land resource management and examines content by investigating the physical, economic, social and institutional components of a problem.
Honours Pathway Option
Subject to the approval of the course convenor; students taking this option will be expected to complete advanced weekly readings and to be prepared to discuss this advanced material in tutorials. In addition, students will be expected to make a tutorial presentation on one week's reading and to lead the subsequent discussion (a minimum of 15% of overall assessment). All other assessment and requirements remain the same.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the complex interaction between people, biophysical drivers and economic development in land management in Australia
- explain how land management strategies have been informed by (and continues to be shaped by) institutional perspectives, historical development, policy and social drivers
- integrate information from a range of disciplines into a comprehensive picture of land management issues
- appreciate the relationship between data and the interpretation(s) that stem from it, and how a lack of knowledge or uncertain knowledge influences resource management decision-making
- demonstrate a capacity to effectively communicate land management strategies to a scientific/management community
There is an field trip which requires an additional fee of approximately $260 (payment to ANU Science Shop). Students will be asked to register their intention to participate in the field trip via the course WATTLE site.
- Field-based teaching and learning activity forms an integral and important part of many courses delivered by the Fenner School of Environment & Society. For this course, this includes a 4 day field trip. Fieldwork activities are designed to allow you put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom into practice in new environments and provide powerful enrichment to student learning. Students should contact the Course Convenor if they have any questions.
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.
- 2500-word major research essay, involving a comprehensive literature review and detailed and critical essay on a selected topic (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Research seminar that requires a detailed literature search and presentation of research topic (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Field trip reports that require gathering data firsthand from guest speakers and researching the literature (25) [LO 4,5]
- Final exam that will require summarising information presented throughout the course in various modules (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle.
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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 2 x 1 hour lecture plus 1 x 3 hour workshops or equivalent field work activities per week .
- Approximately 70 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.
There is also an optional 4 day field trip to the marginal rangelands of NSW is held in September semester break. See "other information" for details.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
No prescribed texts
Students are either directed to relevant readings or provided them via the course wattle page throughout the semester.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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