- Class Number 2581
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic On Campus
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
- AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
- Prof Robert Costanza
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
This course introduces students to the most contentious issues in the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene has been defined as a new geological epoch around which human activity dominates the Earth’s development and environment. In response to these pressing global challenges, all UN countries signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set out an agenda for action. This course is constructed around the ideas within the SDGs, exploring a wide variety of academic opinion and a great deal of academic debate. In each case, a small number of key readings will be used to highlight the range of opinions expressed in these debates and the wider implications of these arguments for understanding the relationship between the process of economic, social, and political development and the practice of environmental and natural resource management. Specific weekly topics may change from year to year.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Pose critical questions within contemporary debates around environmental and development problems.
- Summarise and develop arguments and contribute to debates about development and the environment in the Anthropocene.
- Critically identify, analyse, and discuss long-term trends in development and environment.
All required and recommended readings will be provided on Wattle.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Food Systems & Poverty|
|3||Wellbeing and Inequality|
|8||Disasters and Resilience|
|9||Governance and indigenous perspectives|
|10||Scenarios for the SDGs|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Final Paper||50 %||04/06/2021||01/07/2021||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Questions for commentaries will be supplied in the eleven weeks following the opening class (all but the first). Students will be required to answer any six of the eleven. (This allows students to organise their assignments to take account of competing commitments.) The aim of the commentaries is to encourage reading and stimulate thinking ahead of the next lecture so that discussion will be informed and energetic.
Length: 300 words
Due date: 1 hour before class starts
Return of assessment date: 1 week after submission
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
A 2000 word paper requiring students to combine multiple topics discussed in class into a research paper (further assignment details will be provided on Wattle). Students will be required to:
- combine multiple topics discussed in class into a research paper,
- conduct interdisciplinary research,
- be creative in the use of source materials,
- take an analytical approach,
- show capacity to organise the material and write effectively, and
- place the subject in its wider context.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
A key learning process for this course is active discussion. For that to happen students need to attend the online or in-person sessions.
Due date: Weekly
Return of assessment date: Weekly
Academic IntegrityAcademic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.
Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Distribution of grades policyAcademic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
Support for studentsThe University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Ecological economics, Ecosystem services, Wellbeing indicators
AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
AsPr Ida Kubiszewski