• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Sociology
  • Minor code ENST-MIN

The environment is a major discourse and force in society. It is an entity that is simultaneously responsive to and independent of social action, and that transcends human cultures and sovereign borders. It is a point of continuity and shared structure for all living things, and all forms of life are dependent on its vital energies and natural assets. And yet, human and non-human social agents are located in, experience and respond to different environments. Its changing form and localised manifestations make the environment an essential topic of social scientific study, especially in an age of climate transformation. The minor in Environmental Social Science exposes students to the complex and dynamic relationships between social and environmental systems, processes and change. Students undertaking the minor will be taught about environmental matters from a diverse range of disciplines and perspectives, such as sociology, biological anthropology, history, development studies, indigenous studies, policy studies, geography, human ecology, and sustainability science. A focal point for analysis is the interactivity between humans and the non-human environment in various contexts, as well as the impacts and implications of global and everyday events on environmental processes, and vice versa. Students will be provided with the inter-disciplinary knowledge and research skills necessary to engage with the wicked environmental issues confronting societies of today and of the future, and with the opportunity to translate these attributes into various outputs and interventions.

Learning Outcomes

  1. understand at a basic level the dynamic relationships between social and environmental systems, processes and change;

  2. critically assess the impact and implications of social practices on the natural environment, and the effect of the natural environment on social practices, especially as these relate to commercial processes of natural resource production and consumption, governance and social inequalities more broadly;

  3. apply interdisciplinary approaches to address complex environmental challenges in a variety of contexts (e.g. climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainability in economic development, rurality and regional planning, land care, public participation, wildlife conservation and cultural heritage);

  4. gather and analyse relevant social scientific and ecological data, as well as non-western perspectives, for creating adaptive and holistic responses to environmental issues; and

  5. synthesise some of the principal approaches to environmental research and governance.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, of which:

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses.

12 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ENVS1001 - Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability (6 units)

SOCY2022 - Environmental Sociology (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

ENVS1003 - Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)

ENVS1004 - Australia's Environment (6 units)

ENVS1008 - Sustainable Development (6 units)

SOCR1001 - Foundations of Social Research (6 units)

SOCY1002 - Self and Society (6 units)

6 - 12 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ANTH2133 - Social Animals: anthropological perspectives on animal-human relationships (6 units)

ARCH2041 - Introduction to Environmental Archaeology (6 units)

ARTV2921 - Environment Studio: Field Based Research and Studio Practice in Visual Arts (6 units)

ASIA2093 - Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

BIAN2064 - Anthropology of Environmental Disasters (6 units)

BIAN2119 - Nutrition, Disease and the Environment (6 units)

DEMO2001 - Population Studies (6 units)

ENVS2011 - Human Ecology (6 units)

ENVS3021 - Human Futures (6 units)

ENVS2007 - Economics for the Environment (6 units)

ENVS2012 - Sustainable Urban Systems (6 units)

ENVS2013 - Society and Environmental Change (6 units)

ENVS2014 - Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability (6 units)

ENVS2015 - GIS and Spatial Analysis (6 units)

HUMN2004 Global Vietnam: Gender, Labour and Migration

HUMN2051 - Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management (6 units)

INDG2001 - Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (6 units)

PASI3013 - Environment and Development in the Pacific (6 units)

POLS2011 - Development and Change (6 units)

POLS3033 - Environment, Human Security and Conflict (6 units)

SOCY2008 - Living in the Risk Society: Health, Crime, Climate and Disasters (6 units)

SOCY2035 - Cities and Urban Transformation (6 units)

SOCY2038 - Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (6 units)

SOCY2043 - Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (6 units)

SOCY2169 - Online Research Methods (6 units)

SOCY3001 - Research Internship (6 units)

SOCY3010 - Posthuman Bodies (6 units)

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