- Code ENVS6025
- 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 Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will also be available.
This course uses three case studies to develop a multi-faceted, research-based understanding of complex environmental problems that graduating students can apply in future research or work environments. The course emphasises integrative, engaged, and research-based approaches to complexity. The first two cases present complex local and national issues in collaboration with key stakeholders. Students engage with these issues by drawing on a range of theoretical concepts and practical tools. The learning from these cases is then applied to a developing a research project proposal. The focus throughout is on case studies as vehicles for learning and reflection, as well as a testing ground for tools, techniques and approaches discussed in the course.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately. During the second part of the course graduate students attend specialist case-based tutorials with peers.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and engage with the methodological and practical challenges posed by complex environmental problems.
- Critically evaluate the complex nature of environmental problems.
- Apply higher-level problem solving skills in environmental studies and environmental science, including problem framing, social learning and critical reflection.
- Create innovative, collaborative research-based responses to complex environmental problems.
- Understand and apply effective stakeholder engagement practices within a case-based framework.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the case study approach as a means of addressing complexity.
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.
- Learning portfolio: group work component plus individual reflection (15) [LO 1,2]
- Research essay (35) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Develop and present a complex environmental problem case for peer review (10) [LO 2,4,5,6]
- Learning portfolio, including a research proposal and a critical review of the case study approach (40) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]
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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 lectures plus 1 x 2 hour workshop per week.
- Approximately 82 hours of self directed 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
van Kerkhoff L. 2013 Developing integrative research for sustainability science through a complexity principles-based approach. Sustainability Science. 8 (online first, 19 Feb 2013).
Freeman Herreid C. 1997 What is a case? Bringing to Science education the established teaching tool of Law and Medicine. Journal of College Science Teaching, 27(2).
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