• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Policy Studies
  • Minor code WSAP-MIN

Water is a critical issue for societies and the environment in Australia, in our region, and in many other parts of the world. This issue will continue to be one of the highest priorities for governments in the future due to the pressures exerted by population growth and climate and environmental change. The minor in Water Science and Policy provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge central to the understanding and management of water resources, and to develop expertise and undertake research relevant to water within the biophysical sciences and from a policy perspective.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand water resources in Australia, the region and the world, in the context of the complex interplay between climate, land, water, people and economic development.

  2. Integrate information across a range of disciplines into a comprehensive analysis of water issues.

  3. Appreciate the relationships between raw data and their interpretation(s), and how lack of knowledge or uncertain knowledge influence decision making relevant to water.

  4. Critically analyse quantitative and qualitative data relevant to water quality, use and management; and manipulate quantitative data and develop conceptual models of complex systems.

  5. Develop, apply and integrate scientific and policy knowledge in a professional context.

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

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

ENVS2020 - Water Science (6 units)

ENVS3005 - Water Management (6 units)

EMSC3023 - Marine Biogeochemistry (6 units)

EMSC3025 - Groundwater (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of a course from the following list:

EMSC1006 - The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science (6 units)

EMSC3014 - Global Stratigraphy (6 units)

ENVS1004 - Australia's Environment (6 units)

ENVS2025 - Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (6 units)

ENVS3028 - Environmental Policy (6 units)

ENVS3033 - International Environmental Policy (6 units)

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