- Code REGN8018
- Unit Value 3 units
- Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject RegNet
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Public Health
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Sharon Friel
- Mode of delivery In Person
Winter Session 2021
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This course is available for remote (online) learning only.
Welcome to 2050. We live in a healthy, sustainable and equitable world – how did we get here? The focus of this course is on understanding how to save people and the planet by moving beyond the consumptagenic system. Consumptagenic systems are the webs of multisectoral public policies; commercial practices, modes of understanding, and social norms, which incentivize and reward unhealthy, unequal and environmentally destructive production and consumption. These are major regulatory, governance and policy challenges. This interdisciplinary course draws from systems science, public health, climate science, sociology, psychology, political science and international relations. It provides students with the methodological skills to ask questions of how to encourage, steer and evaluate transitions within public policy, business, and civil society so as to achieve positive environmental, social, health and economic outcomes. Case studies in energy, food and urbanisation provides students with the opportunity to study highly relevant and topical policy issues.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand concepts related to consumptagenic systems, with the ability to critically analyse them in a climate change, inequality and health context
- Critically analyse contemporary governance and regulatory responses (local-global) to consumptagenic systems
- Conduct independent analysis that demonstrates scholarly engagement with the subject matter, developing ideas and analysis in a specific policy domain
- Active participation in class (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Group Work (debate different regulatory and governance responses to identified consumptagenic problems of climate change, inequality and/or health)(recoded) (15) [LO 1,2]
- Research essay synthesising and analysing source material from multiple disciplines (max 3000 words) (75) [LO 1,2,3]
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Approximately 60 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.
Actual time required may vary with individual students.
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