- Code EMDV8101
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Environmental Management & Development
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr John McCarthy
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.
This course provides students with an understanding and capacity to use key, critical social science practices applied in analysing environment and development problems and natural resource policy. These include common property theory; sociology of the state and the environment; socio-legal approaches to natural resources policy; and other political ecology frameworks. The course introduces students to key conceptual (theoretical) readings together with case studies where these approaches are applied. Students learn to apply these frameworks to analyse the political aspects of environmental change and to evaluate interventions to deal with them. Students also perform political ecology analyses of particular natural resource problems in small groups.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completion of this course, students will be able to:
* Explain key theoretical social science frameworks for looking at environmental and development problems
* Compare and assess the comparative value and usefulness of different conceptual approaches from policy sciences, political ecology, and other knowledge areas for understanding particular issues or problems.
* Apply these frameworks to analyse policy issues, preferably by combining these conceptual models in order to approach environmental policy and practical applied issues.
Through graduate seminars and assessment tasks, students have an opportunity to apply these approaches to the critical assessment of environmental and development problems. Emphasis is on providing students with the chance to develop proficiency in the use of the conceptual models and to develop analytical skills to understand the social dimensions of contemporary resource management and development policy issues. The course is assessed on the basis of student performance in four modes of assessment: Seminar facilitation, including preparing critical questions for class discussion; a survey of critical concepts; and a final project essay.
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Contact hours 3 hours per week; study and assignment preparation 5 hours per week.
Paul Robbins. (2012) Political Ecology A Critical Introduction. Blackwell (2nd Edition).
- Tony Fitzpatrick (ed) (2011) Understanding the environment and social policy Policy Press
- Connelly, J, G Smith, D Benson and C Saunders (2012).Politics and the Environment From Theory to Practice Routledge, Oxon,
- Paul Robbins, (2010) Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction Wiley-Blackwell
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